The MLB draft concluded yesterday and Aggie reliever Jake Wilson was taken by the Chicago White Sox in the 32nd round. We talked a little bit about Wilson in yesterday's update. If you haven't read what Coach Ward had to say about Jake Wilson, definitely take a few minutes to do so.
The College World Series gets under way tomorrow in Omaha and our buddy Brian from The College Baseball Blog will be on site for a few days. He's got previews of both brackets which you can read here and here. The top five national seeds (in order), Texas, Cal State-Fullerton, LSU, North Carolina and Arizona State are all in the tournament. Virginia, Southern Miss and Arkansas round out the field. Arkansas took out national seed Oklahoma on their way to the CWS, Virginia survived the toughest regional (and defeated Stephen Strasburg and then UC-Irvine twice) on their way to the CWS and Southern Miss out of Conference USA is the lowest remaining regional seed (3) and is probably a bit underrated as they play in a good college baseball conference that also includes East Carolina and Rice.
It should be a fantastic week and a half of baseball with the national champion decided when the championship series takes place on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th (if necessary).
Aggie senior shortstop Bryan Marquez added another postseason honor to his list as he was named ABCA First Team All-Midwest Region. Aggie catcher Jeff Farnham was named Second Team. Unfortunately for Bryan he was not among the 17 WAC players drafted in the MLB draft. However, as Coach Ward mentioned in an interview with us this week not being drafted does not automatically mean that a player won't get a chance to play pro ball. We're sure that Bryan will get a chance somewhere. That being said, it's still hard to figure out how an All-Conference, All-American, Brooks Wallace finalist and Dick Howser semifinalist shortstop does not get drafted.
On to today's links...
Sean Skager of the Auburn Reporter talks about Bryan Marquez.
Scott Wolf of the L.A. Daily News reports that Reggie Theus is one of the candidates for the USC men's basketball job.
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