As we continue to prepare for the San Diego Padres upcoming 2020 MLB Draft in June, we take a look at one of the hottest college pitchers right now in Asa Lacy.
With the college and high school baseball seasons fully underway, the picture of who will be available to the San Diego Padres at eight in the upcoming 2020 MLB Draft is a lot clearer.
One player who we thought might be a real possibility at eight could be playing his way out of that spot.
Before the college baseball season started a lot of Padres fans thought they might have a shot at drafting Texas A&M left-handed starting pitcher Asa Lacy.
But through the first four weeks of the college baseball season he’s looking like the top arm in the country with a 0.75 ERA in 24 innings with 46 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.71 with just 9 hits and 8 walks allowed.
He was recently named the SEC Pitcher of the Week after throwing 7 hitless innings against a very powerful New Mexico State lineup with 13 strikeouts.
Lacy was drafted out of high school by the Cleveland Indians in the 31st round of the 2017 MLB Draft, but he obviously turned that down to go to Texas A&M.
As a freshman in 2018 he posted a 2.75 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 39.1 innings working mostly out of the bullpen.
That summer he threw an additional 33.1 innings in the Alaska Summer League with a 2.16 ERA and 47 strikeouts.
He was thrust into the Aggies starting rotation as a sophomore in 2019 and didn’t disappoint with a 2.13 ERA in 88.2 innings (15 starts) with 130 strikeouts, only allowing 49 hits and holding hitters to a .162 average.
In his college career he’s allowed just 86 hits in 152 innings with 224 strikeouts. That’s 5.1 hits per nine and 13.3 strikeouts per nine … wow.