Texas A&M Baseball Newcomer Named Preseason SEC Freshman of the Year by D1Baseball
With the relative disappointment of this previous football season, and the basketball team facing a tough road recently, many Aggie fans are eager for the start of the Texas A&M baseball season. Jim Schlossnagle could end up being the most successful hire of Ross Bjork's now-completed tenure, especially given where the Aggies project in the upcoming season.
For however much of a grind the SEC is in football, it is astonishingly almost more so in baseball. The conference is ridiculously stacked year in and year out, with there being really no programs among the 14 that are pushovers in the sport. In the previous three years, the conference has placed a whopping nine separate teams in the College World Series, and ten teams overall (Tennessee made it twice).
With that stunning statistic in view, it's fair to say that the SEC is, top to bottom, far and away the best baseball conference in the nation. That in mind, it is also fair to say that being named one of the top performers in the conference means a player is similarly one of the best players in the nation.
By that logic, the Aggies should be excited, as D1Baseball has released their SEC preview, and named freshman Gavin Grahovac their Preseason SEC Freshman of the Year.
This is a high honor for the freshman, who, along with Braden Montgomery, was one of the biggest recruiting wins for Coach Schlossnagle coming into the year. Of course, Montgomery was a portal player, while Grahovac was coming out of high school.
It's tough to say in a conference like the SEC that the stars are aligning for a run, but the Aggie team that Schloss has assembled certainly looks the part of a CWS squad. The biggest question will be the pitching rotation, without a doubt, but get ready to see some explosive hitting in Olsen Field come February 16.