Two Texas A&M Aggies, including one from Austin, a Texas Tech pitcher from Giddings and a hard thrower from Texas State were taken Friday on day two of the Major League Baseball amateur draft.
Tech starter Trey Masek, the American-Statesman’s All-Central Texas player of the year in 2010 from Giddings, was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the fifth round.
Right-hander Kyle Martin, a St. Michael’s alum who pitched for A&M, was grabbed by Boston in the ninth round.
Shortstop Mikey Reynolds, who hit .342 and led the Aggies with 43 runs and 19 steals, went in the fifth round, courtesy of the Atlanta Braves.
Texas State starter Kyle Finnegan, who has been clocked as high as 97 mph, was Oakland’s sixth-round pick.
Conspicuous by their absence on day two were the Texas Longhorns, coming off their second straight disappointing season. Through 10 rounds, only junior closer Corey Knebel has had his name called. The Georgetown product went 39th overall to Detroit.
Third baseman Erich Weiss, right fielder Mark Payton, pitcher Nathan Thornhill (Cedar Park) and catcher Jacob Felts are the other most draftable Horns. They will have to wait until Saturday when rounds 11-40 are held, increasing the odds they return for their senior seasons.
Also, the only Longhorn signee off the board is pitcher-outfielder Trey Ball (New Castle, Ind.), the seventh overall pick by the Red Sox. Texas didn’t expect to see him on campus.
Well-regarded recruits like pitcher Lukas Schiraldi (Cedar Park/St. Michael’s), ranked 162nd by Baseball America; third baseman Andy McGuire (Oakton, Va.), ranked 198th; catcher Tres Barrera (McAllen Sharyland), rated 200th; and Rockwall Heath infielder Bret Boswell, No. 221, were expected to be drafted by now since 316 players have been taken.
Augie Garrido might just keep most of his signing class this time.
A&M recruit Casey Shane, a righty pitcher from Burleson Centennial, went to Cleveland in the sixth round.
Masek, a junior at Tech with a deceptive delivery, might just want to get his pro career rolling. He was 5-2 with a 1.82 ERA, holding opponents to a .206 batting average.
Martin and Finnegan were drafted more on projection than recent stats. Martin, who hasn’t filled out his 6-foot-6-inch frame yet, saw a 3.67 ERA as an Aggie sophomore climb to 4.91 this year. Finnegan (5-3, 4.63) had command issues for the Bobcats, but he brings the heat in short bursts and is viewed by the A’s as a late-inning reliever.
The Houston Astros targeted high-profile college talent Friday, corralling North Carolina ace lefty Kent Emanuel (10-3, 2.11) and two Vanderbilt infielders in rounds three to five. The Tar Heels and Commodores are the top seeds in the NCAA tournament.
Vandy second baseman Tony Kemp was voted SEC player of the year, batting .398 with an NCAA second-best 102 hits and 32 stolen bases. Commodore first baseman Conrad Gregor batted .314 with 47 RBIs and 21 steals.
The Texas Rangers went off the beaten path for several early picks, including Cedarville (Ohio) University right-handed pitcher David Ledbetter in round three and Mid-Pacific (Hawaii) Institute shortstop Isaiah Kiner-Falefa in the fourth.
Citadel catcher Joe Jackson, the Rangers’ fifth-rounder, hit .386 with 19 doubles, 13 homers and 67 RBIs this year.