Without a doubt, the Aggies top offensive player this season is outfielder Tyler Naquin, who could be a very interesting prospect on draft day. Naquin was a 33rd-round pick of Baltimore’s back in ’09, but honored his commitment to A&M, where he blossomed into one of the best hitters in the Big-12 in 2011.
In 68 games, he hit .381 with a team-leading 23 doubles, seven triples and 68 runs. He also hit two home runs, drove in 44 runs, posted a 29:35 BB:K ratio and swiped six bases.
But Naquin didn’t just contribute at the plate. He utilized his cannon arm in the outfield to rack up seven outfield assists.
With another strong campaign, Naquin could further improve his stock. He’s well on his way, contributing mightily to the Aggies strong start. He currently paces the team with a .418 average and a .504 on-base percentage.
He doesn’t have big power, but he should be an extra-base hit machine who offers good speed. He’s already swiped nine bases this season. His plate discipline (17-to-15 BB:K) has also been impressive.
Naquin likely won’t be a first-round selection, but he could find a spot somewhere on day-one.