Mercer stars awaiting MLB Draft
The Mercer Baseball program continues to be one of the best in the country when it comes to Major League talent, and this year is no different. A pretty good sign with head coach Craig Gibson. "I think it says a lot about the development here and the program here. I don't think that any of the ones that have been drafted have been drafted before. We've played a part in it, and its fun to watch for sure."
The one who could go the highest is pitcher Austin Cox. The big left hander lead the team with 124 strikeouts this year. Making him a good asset. "Its crazy. Its a whirlwind. Its something you dream about when you were first throwing a baseball. Its crazy to see a dream hopefully come to fruition" said Cox.
Reliever Robert Broom is also a big name most are looking at. The sidearm specialist had a 1.70 ERA with 111 strikeouts in 2018. He has a pitch anytime anywhere attitude, making him perfect for anyone. "Broomy is going to be special. Its interesting to see how he relates to professional baseball. The ability to get outs, he has a proven track record. He was a Cape Cod all star. He's been doing it for us for 3 years. I think all the analytics lineup for him to be a good pick on Day 2" said Gibson.
After that will be outfielder Trey Truitt. The Alabama native hit .373 with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs this season. Overcoming his past struggles. "If we had a comeback national player of the year, he would probably be that guy. Just with the concussion issues he had last year and to where he is this year. He's a very multidimensional talented guy. He can score from first, hit one out of the park, he can still a base, he can throw a runner out at home."
These are not the only guys that could hear their named called, and their head coach is hoping this year's class breaks some records. "I think JT Thomas our catcher is a guy that could have his name called as well. Christian Vann a left handed pitcher for us. Jackson Ware has gotten some attention being a utility guy. I think we helped him playing 2nd, 3rd, and the outfield. Kevin Coulter has a opportunity to hear his name called as a junior. Nick Spear is another underclassmen that could hear his named called. The Bears will be well represented these next three days.