TCL All-Star Game Loaded With Aggies

Members and future members of the Texas Aggie baseball team are well-represented on the recently announced Texas Collegiate League (TCL) all-star rosters. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop takes a detailed look at the Aggies that have received TCL accolades this summer.

Members and future members of the Texas Aggie baseball team are well-represented on the recently announced Texas Collegiate League (TCL) all-star rosters. Current players voted to the all-star teams include catcher Mitchell Nau, shortstop Logan Taylor, and pitchers Parker Ray, James Freeman, and Gandy Stubblefield. In addition, future members of next year's Texas A&M team that made the TCL all-star squad include first baseman G.R. Hinsley (Paris JC) and second baseman Patrick McLendon (Cisco JC).

Nau, a junior-to-be who was used primarily as a designated hitter in2013, is the second-leading hitter in the wood bat league with a .364 batting average and a .571 slugging percentage. But teammate Logan Taylor has been an even bigger surprise. A part-time third baseman who struggled at the plate for the Aggies last spring, Taylor is playing shortstop for the Acadiana Cane Cutters and currently hitting .356 (#3 in league) and a scorching .609 on-base average.

Originally from Southlake Carroll HS, Patrick McLendon played last season for Cisco Junior College and will be a preferred walk-on at Texas A&M in the fall. Playing second base for the Brazos Valley Bombers, he hits No. 2 in the lineup for the 27-4 first place Bombers and has been a catalyst for the team. He's hitting .325 with an on-base percentage of .517, and he's No. 2 in the league in runs scored with 27.

G.R. Hinsley is a highly-regarded JUCO hitter that will play a prominent role in next year's Aggie baseball team. While a recent slump has seen his average drop to .242 in the past two weeks, the clean-up hitter for the Bombers still leads the TCL in both RBI's (26), runs scored (28), and extra base hits (10).

On the mound, Parker Ray continues to build on an impressive second half of the 2013 college season that saw him emerge from the A&M bullpen to become an effective Saturday starter. In three starts with the Bombers, he's pitched 24 innings and given up only 16 hits, four earned runs, and struck out 25 with a 1.33 ERA.

Junior Texas A&M reliever James Freeman also earned an all-star invite with a solid first half performance for the Bombers out of the bullpen with a 2-0 record and a 2.91 ERA in 12 innings of work. Finally, highly-regarded junior Gandy Stubblefield who has been hampered by nagging injuries throughout his college career at Texas A&M was named the No. 1 closer for the east squad in next Tuesday's all-star game. Playing for the 9-23 The Woodlands Strykers, Stubblefield hasn't had enough save appearances to be included in the league's statistical leaders categories, but in a check of a few games with save opportunities, Stubblefield has been not only effective, but dominant. In an appearance last week, he struck out all three batters he faced in his one inning of work in the 9th inning.

The Brazos Valley Bombers won the first half league title and will advance to the TCL playoffs in August. While no specific dates have been set, Texas A&M's fall practice schedule typically runs from mid-September to mid-October. Stay tuned to the Aggie Websider for fall scrimmage reports and detailed analysis of the Fall Series finale.

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