#28 Texas A&M Baseball 2019 Preview

Texas A&M Aggies
Overall Rank: #28
Conference Rank: #9 SEC
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Texas A&M put together a solid 2018 season as they won 40 games and returned to the NCAA Tournament, where they went 1-2 in the Austin Regional. Head Coach Rob Childress and his staff have raised the bar in College Station overall as the Aggies have been to Super Regionals in three out of the last four seasons and went to Omaha in 2017 after a six-year absence. A veteran team returns in 2019 and will look to become more consistent away from Blue Bell Park after Texas A&M went just 7-11 in true road games last season.
2018: 40-22, 13-17
2018 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Rob Childress
Key Departed Players:
Michael Helman, INF, .369 BA, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 12 SB
Mitchell Kilkenny, P, 3.34 ERA, 8-5 W/L, 97.0 IP, 24 BB, 92 SO
Nolan Hoffman, P, 1.15 ERA, 3-1 W/L, 55.0 IP, 12 BB, 53 SO, 14 SV
Stephen Kolek, P, 4.58 ERA, 5-6 W/L, 78.2 IP, 38 BB, 59 SO
Key Returning Players:
Braden Shewmake, INF, .327 BA, 5 HR, 45 RBI, 12 SB
Logan Foster, OF, .314 BA, 8 HR, 40 RBI, 5 SB
Will Frizzell, INF/DH, .295 BA, 6 HR, 35 RBI
Zach DeLoach, OF, .264 BA, 2 HR, 27 RBI
Hunter Coleman, C/INF, .247 BA, 5 HR, 39 RBI
John Doxakis, P, 2.70 ERA, 8-5 W/L, 93.1 IP, 29 BB, 92 SO
Asa Lacy, P, 2.75 ERA, 3-1 W/L, 39.1 IP, 17 BB, 48 SO
Dustin Saenz, P, 3.32 ERA, 0-0 W/L, 19.0 IP, 6 BB, 15 SO
Christian Roa, P, 4.30 ERA, 0-0 W/L, 14.2 IP, 4 BB, 12 SO
Chandler Jozwiak, P, 4.50 ERA, 2-0 W/L, 42.0 IP, 17 BB, 43 SO
Allonte Wingate, INF/OF, .304 BA, 0 HR, 11 RBI
Braden Shewmake is an excellent all-around player as he hit .327 with five homeruns, 45 runs batted in, and 12 stolen bases. Logan Foster will provide a fair amount of power as he hit eight homeruns with 40 runs batted in and five stolen bases. Will Frizzell and Hunter Coleman will lengthen this lineup as they combined for 11 homeruns and 74 runs batted in. The pitching is going to be led by John Doxakis, who will most likely be the Friday night starter during SEC play and will need to eat up innings again in 2019. The other two weekend starting rotation spots will need to be addressed as Mitchell Kilkenny and Stephen Kolek have moved on to professional baseball. Nolan Hoffman was lights out as a closer in 2018 with 14 saves and a 1.15 earned run average, but he has moved on as well. If the Aggies can get a couple guys to continue to develop on the mound, then they will be in position to finish in the top half of the SEC in 2019. Overall, the Vanderbilt, LSU, Ole Miss, and Auburn series will be the key for Texas A&M in their quest for a winning conference record and another 40 plus win season. The Aggies will be back in the NCAA Tournament and be a threat to get to another Super Regional with the right draw.
Projected Postseason: NCAA Baseball Tournament