Braden Shewmake is just one of the several new faces that Texas A&M baseball fans will see on the diamond for the first time this season.
Freshman Braden Shewmake is expected to make his collegiate baseball debut in the infield this coming weekend against Bowling Green. At 6’4″, 180 pounds the Wylie, Texas native is expected to bring some punch to a Texas A&M lineup that needs to replace a lot of power bats.
Perfect Game rated him as the seventh best shortstop in the state of Texas coming out of high school. As a senior Shewmake was a Texas SportsWriters Association Class 5A All-State first team selection as well as the All-District 10-5A First Team utility infielder.
He finished his senior year at Wylie East High School with a .495 batting average. His tremendous success in high school has set high expectations on the next level. David Sandhop of TexAgs wrote a glowing review of the young infielder earlier this week:
At 6-foot-2, the long, rangy freshman showed excellent range and consistency at both shortstop and second base. Shewmake turned heads at the plate where the lefty was unstoppable, spraying the ball to all fields with gap power and using his speed to create opportunities on the base paths. – David Sandhop, Texags
Can He Make the Transition?
It’s way too early to tell how well Shewmake will be able to adjust to collegiate pitching. As recently as last year, George Janca was expected to step in to a starting infielder role and be a productive piece in the lineup. It took a couple weeks for Janca to get the hang of things, but how well Shewmake makes the transition is still up in the air.
Shewmake is the son of a coach and a high school quarterback. Will Bolt and Justin Seely confirmed during the week that he will indeed hit in the three hole on Opening Day.
In an interview with Gabe Bock, head coach Rob Childress praised Shewmake’s high baseball IQ who could play anywhere in the field. He might be a new name to Aggie fans, but don’t expect him to stay anonymous for very long.
***Stats from 12thman.com***