A&M’s Lacy ‘Better Than Ever’ Against Gonzales, NMSUAt The Ballpark
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – One quick glance around the concourse at Blue Bell Park made it abundantly clear this wasn’t just a normal Friday night game between New Mexico State and Texas A&M.
It was a Friday night game that featured two of the nation’s premier prospects – New Mexico State shortstop Nick Gonzales and Texas A&M lefthanded pitcher Asa Lacy. Both players were in the top five of our College Top 350 prospects list in the preseason, and everything they’ve done so far this season suggests they won’t move down. If anything, both might be increasing their stock ever so slightly with incredible starts. Gonzales, ranked fourth overall, made waves last weekend by hitting five home runs in a home double header, while Lacy, ranked fifth overall, showcased power stuff and an even harder, better slider against Illinois at the Frisco College Classic last weekend.
That set the stage for an epic showdown Friday night.
Typically, the Aggies set aside one section for scouts behind home plate. But for tonight? A&M added a group of additional seats to accommodate the impressive throng of scouts here to see Gonzales, Lacy, and of course, A&M outfielder Zach DeLoach, who, too, has evolved into a more heralded prospect over the past six months.
Though Gonzales didn’t have the night he was looking for against A&M, Lacy put together one of the best performances of his illustrious career, tossing seven no-hit innings with 99 pitches and 13 strikeouts, while also showing excellent pitchability and stuff – probably the best pitchability he’s ever shown in an A&M uniform, on the way to an 8-3 win over New Mexico State.
“Asa Lacy is one of the best pitchers I’ve ever seen in college baseball. Period,” New Mexico State head coach Mike Kirby said.” His stuff was dominant tonight, and I think he’ll be a big leaguer in short order.”
The energy in the ballpark was palpable Friday night. Though a normal matchup between New Mexico State and A&M wouldn’t exactly draw out a good number of fans, the ballpark was full for the most part, with fans and scouts alike looking forward to the second at bat of the game.
Gonzales vs. Lacy. Part I.
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