Conlon Makes Final Decision: It’s A&MProspects
Fresh off a College World Series appearance this past June, Texas A&M received good news Friday night with talented righthander and Orioles fourth-round pick Jack Conlon making a final decision not to sign and instead attend college.
Conlon was drafted in the fourth round by Baltimore, but was declared a free agent after the Orioles weren’t pleased with his physical. The same result was found by the Giants, who were slated to sign the Texas farmhand. While those results would suggest that Conlon will head to A&M with some concerning injury issues, we’re told the issue in question isn’t considered a short-term problem, but more so something that could flare up down the road. There are no imminent concerns. For now, Conlon seems to be fine and is expected to be an immediate contributor for the Aggies in 2018, as they have the tough chore of replacing weekend starters Brigham Hill and Corbin Martin.
Conlon received interest from over 10 teams and had bullpen sessions scheduled with multiple organizations over the past couple of weeks. He heads to A&M as the highest drafted unsigned prospect and will have some lofty expectations with Rob Childress and the Aggies. He’ll meet with the A&M coaches again on Tuesday before moving to College Station next weekend.
What are the Aggies getting in Conlon? Conlon is a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder, who hails from Sugar Land, Texas (Clements). Conlon is athletic and reminds some of former Arkansas righthander and Rays first-round pick Ryne Stanek.
Conlon sits anywhere from 90-93 with his fastball, while also having the ability to get up to 94-95 at times. The righty has a good slider and consistently shows feel for the changeup.
The righty is just one of three top 10 round picks who didn’t sign – the others being Oregon State pitcher Drew Rasmussen and South Alabama incoming freshman Joe Booker.