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College | Story | 3/5/2019

Scout Take: Texas A&M

Brian Sakowski        
Photo: John Doxakis (Michael Wade)

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Texas A&M Aggies

What Happened: The Aggies rolled into the Shriners College Classic with an 8-2 record, though the record was a bit untrustworthy due to the strength of schedule they'd played thus far. They promptly won three in a row at Shriners, including very quality wins over TCU and Baylor. They were utterly dominant on the mound, allowing just four total runs over the course of the weekend, and showed a very deep staff overall, both on the mound and in the bullpen. They received contributions from upperclassmen and underclassmen alike, and the staff is among the nation's deepest. 

Carrying Tool: The pitching staff. As stated above, the Aggies allowed just four total runs over the course of the weekend while racking up 36 strikeouts. The depth of the staff is extremely impressive, though with true freshman and Sunday starter Jonathan Childress leaving his start with injury, that depth could take a hit. They got big contributions from players of all classes, including going junior-sophomore-freshman in their weekend rotation. John Doxakis and Asa Lacy form maybe the nation's best 1-2 punch while Chandler Jozwiak, Joseph Menefee, Bryce Davis, Christian Roa and closer Kasey Kalich all were good out of the obviously deep bullpen. 

Concerns: The offense. While the pitching staff was so dominant that the offense didn't have to muster much to win all three games, the offense still didn't muster much, scoring nine runs total over the weekend, five of those coming against Baylor's depleted staff. The Aggies are slashing just .232/.339/.320 on the season, and while leadoff hitter Bryce Blaum is off to a good start, he's the only Aggie regular with an OPS over .800. Braden Shewmake hasn't necessarily been bad, but a .759 OPS from the three-hole hitter on a team with Omaha aspirations just isn't going to get the job done. Their pitching can certainly carry them a long ways, but they're going to need to hit to really get where they want to go. 

Best Player on the Field: John Doxakis/Asa Lacy. I'm cheating here and picking two players, since both Doxakis on Friday night and Lacy on Saturday were outstanding for the Aggies. Doxakis is now 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA on the season with a 0.48 WHIP and a 32-to-2 K:BB ratio, while Lacy is not far behind him at 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP along with a 30:7 K:BB ratio. They were both fantastic at the Shriners Classic, and Doxakis looks like a very safe top-two ounder this spring while Lacy is squarely on the first round radar for 2020. 

Fearless Forecast: Super Regional. It's hard to project the Aggies as an Omaha team at this point with such an anemic offense, though it's pretty fair to say that they are simply too talented to continue hitting like this. Their pitching is so strong, however, that even the gauntlet that is the SEC could still be tamed by that 1-2 punch of Doxakis and Lacy along with a loaded bullpen.

Player covered: Braden Shewmake, Chandler Jozwiak, Christian Roa, John Doxakis, Asa Lacy, Jonathan Childress, Kasey Kalich, Bryce Miller.

Braden Shewmake
Texas A&M's starting shortstop and No. 3 hitter, Braden Shewmake came into the season with a great deal of draft hype given his performance history with the Aggies as well as his selection to the USA Collegiate National Team this past summer. He's gotten off to a bit of a slow start in 2019, slashing .260/.339/.420 through the first three weeks, solid numbers but not close to what the Aggies need out of him, or what he needs to do to solidify high draft stock. 

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