COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M’s group of newcomers for the 2019 season earned the No. 7 spot in Baseball America’s Top 25 College Baseball Recruiting Rankings, released on Wednesday.
Despite losing a pair of commits to the Major Leagues following the June draft, Texas A&M landed the top rated class in the Lone Star State. The Aggies were one of nine SEC teams in the Top 25. LSU was granted the No. 1 spot followed by Vanderbilt, Florida State, Louisville and Florida. UCLA, Texas A&M, Texas, Clemson and Miami (Fla.) rounded out the Top 10.
The Aggies landed six of Baseball America’s Top 500 prospects from the 2018 graduation class, including LHP Jonathan Childress (107), LHP/1B Joseph Menefee (247), RHP Brandon Birdsell (268), OF Miko Rodriguez (349), 3B/1B Hunter Watson (354) and LHP Christopher Weber (480).
Starting with the hitters, Rodriguez brings exceptional speed and athleticism to Texas A&M’s outfield. Watson, a vaunted power hitter, adds a contributor to the infield corners, and Ty Coleman, Aggies’ first baseman/catcher Hunter Coleman’s brother, is a potential starter at second base in the near future. Junior college transfer, Mikey Hoehner, serves as a solid pick up from Cisco College for behind the plate defense.
Left-handed pitching was a key strength for the season’s recruiting class with southpaws Childress, Menefee and Weber showing the potential to make early impacts. Standing tall at 6-foot-4 215 lbs., Childress brings an impressive slider to compliment his burning fastball in the low 90’s. Meanwhile, Menefee serves as a dual threat with the ability to play first base, in addition to his Team USA experience relief pitching in the 18U World Cup. Weber’s four-pitch mix and pitchability have him ready from the word go. Meanwhile, Birdsell and Bryce Miller are the hard throwing right-handers of the recruiting class.
The class includes two players who were drafted in June. Miller was a 38th round pick for the Miami Marlins and Birdsell was selected in the 39th round by the Houston Astros.
Texas A&M finished the 2018 campaign with a 40-22 mark, making their 34th NCAA Championship appearance overall and their 12th in a row. The Aggies’ return 17 letterwinners and six starting position players for the 2019 season.