Over at Minor League Ball, Matt Garrioch has a rundown of the top college performers of opening weekend. Of note, there are two Aggies on his list, starting pitcher Michael Wacha and outfielder Tyler Naquin.â†µ
I am very, very high on Wacha. He's got a big frame that's capable of filling out to become an innings eater in the majors. He's also a pretty smart pitcher who uses both sides of the plate and has a good fastball. Over the weekend, he threw 5 2/3 innings, striking out eight. I don't necessarily think he needs to pitch more innings than that, as I'd rather a college arm not get overused at this point in the season. With his frame and success, Wacha should be in contention for a first round pick.
HIs teammate, outfielder Tyler Naquin popped up on the national radar last season. He's not a typical outfielder, since he doesn't have traditional power. But, Naquin is a very good hitter who went 6 for 11 this weekend with a pair of doubles and three steals. He may not have the range to play center, but he could play on the corners. The lack of power won't make him a sexy pick, but he could end up having a career like Eric Byrnes.â†µ
In other news important for Astros fans, Mike Zunino, the catcher from Florida who may be the first overall pick, went 5 for 1 with four strikeouts. LSU starter Kevin Gausman struck out seven in six innings, walking two to round out the top pick parade.â†µ