#22 Texas A&M Baseball 2020 Preview

Texas A&M Aggies
Overall Rank: #22
Conference Rank: #8 SEC
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Texas A&M has been to the NCAA Tournament 13 straight seasons. Coach Rob Childress took over the program one year before that streak began and, obviously, quickly turned things around. Now the Aggies want to be a more consistent threat in the tournament, having reached the College World Series just twice in that stretch. Last year Texas A&M made it to the Regional Final, but fell to Duke. This group will have to rely on some new faces, but as always Coach Childress has the talent to make a push towards the CWS.
2019: 39-23-1, 16-13-1
2019 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Rob Childress
Key Departed Players:
Braden Shewmake, IF, .313 BA, 6 HR, 47 RBI
Logan Foster, OF, .263 BA, 5 HR, 37 RBI
John Doxakis, P, 2.06 ERA, 7-4 W/L, 104.2 IP, 115 SO
Kasey Kalich, P, 3.18 ERA, 3-1 W/L, 34.0 IP, 51 SO, 12 SV
Key Returning Players:
Bryce Blaum, IF, .292 BA, 9 HR, 32 RBI, 17 SB
Mickey Hoehner, C, .292 BA, 3 HR, 30 RBI
Cam Blake, OF, .260 BA, 1 HR, 26 RBI
Ty Coleman, IF, .241 BA, 5 HR, 33 RBI
Asa Lacy, P, 2.13 ERA, 8-4 W/L, 88.2 IP, 130 SO
Chris Weber, P, 3.18 ERA, 4-1 W/L, 65.0 IP, 78 SO
Texas A&M had one of the best pitching staffs in the country last season, ranking third in the nation with a 3.21 ERA. The return of Asa Lacy will help keep them right up there. Lacy went 8-4 in 15 starts with a 2.13 ERA. Chris Weber had a very productive freshman campaign and should step into the weekend rotation after earning eight starts and posting a 3.18 ERA. The expectations are also high for junior Christian Roa. He had his moments last season, going 3-2 with a 3.56 ERA, but could emerge as one of the better pitchers in the SEC. The lineup returns five key hitters from a season ago and that should be a great place for Texas A&M to start as they look to improve across the board on offense in 2020. Bryce Blaum will provide much of the power and Ty Coleman and Hunter Coleman can bring some power as well. The addition of quite a few transfers will help fill in the gaps. Ray Alejo should make the biggest impact after earning All-AAC second-team accolades with UCF the last two seasons. If the pitching can keep it up and the hitting takes a step forward, the Aggies will be right in the mix for hosting duties in the NCAA Tournament.
Projected Postseason: NCAA Baseball Tournament