The Aggies will have one of the nation’s best position groups in 2023, and they’re looking for third baseman Trevor Werner to take a big step forward.
Werner has premier power, but injuries last season kept him from establishing consistency at the plate. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, has all the tools to be one of the better players and middle of the order hitters in the SEC.
“I think he’s an SEC Player of the Year type of guys from a tools standpoint, but he’s always been hurt off and on. He stayed healthy this fall, so that has us feeling pretty good about his status.”
Going across the infield, the second base position will likely be occupied by Austin Bost, who hit double digit home runs and hit in the mid-300s last season — this after he missed the entire fall because of a broken bone in his back. Now that he has gone through a fall fully healthy, the Aggies expect even more production out of him moving forward.
At first base, the Aggies will once again roll with veteran slugger Jack Moss. Moss moved to A&M from Arizona State last season and was a key cog as the season progressed — especially in the postseason. Moss has always had a penchant to hit, but the power continues to bud for the slugger.
“A lot of people don’t realize that a guy like Bost missed the entire fall last year and wasn’t able to do much conditioning leading up to the season, so to have the season he had is pretty impressive,” he said. “If he’s healthy, I think he can hit around 20 homers. Part of our sales pitch to bring him back is that if he’s healthy, stronger and has an established position, he can really help himself.”
The most notable position battles in the infield are at shortstop and catcher.
At short, the Aggies have a pair of solid options in Arizona State transfer Hunter Haas and Kaeden Kent. Haas is a 6-foot, 175-pounder, who spent his summer at the Cape Cod League and impressed the day I caught the Aggies — hitting a pair of doubles and showing solid defensive actions in the field. Kent is a talented 6-foot-2, 190-pound freshman, who looks the part in the box from the left side. Kent isn’t quite as smooth of a defender as Haas, but he certainly has a strong offensive approach for a hitter his age. Even if Kent doesn’t start at short in the spring, he will factor heavily from an offensive standpoint.
The most glaring question mark with this team is the catcher position. The Aggies were expected to add…