COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Eight Texas A&M Aggies were selected on the second day of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Draft on Friday afternoon.
Junior outfielder Nick Banks and sophomore pitcher Jace Vines were selected in the fourth round to the Washington Nationals and Kansas City Royals, respectively.
In the fifth round, junior reliever Ryan Hendrix was selected by the Cincinnati Reds and junior reliever Mark Ecker was selected by the Detroit Tigers.
The Atlanta Braves took senior JB Moss in the seventh round.
Next off the board for the Maroon and White was senior catcher Michael Barash, selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in ninth round.
In the 10th round, junior infielder Boomer White was taken by the San Diego Padres and senior pitcher Andrew Vinson joins Barash in the Angels organization.
Banks was recently named MVP of the SEC of the Tournament, as well as to the All-SEC Tournament First Team. During the tournament, he hit .391 with three home runs, including two in the championship game. The junior has made 177 career appearances for the Aggies. In the summer of 2015, the outfielder played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
Vines has gone and 6-1 on the bump for the Maroon and White going into Friday, starting 11 games. The sophomore has struck out 48 batters opposed to only walking 15 on the year.
Along with Banks, Hendrix also played on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. The reliever has converted 10 saves in his career at Texas A&M, as well as notching 114 career strikeouts.
Ecker has had a stellar year coming out of the bullpen. The Aggie closer has posted eight saves for the season with a remarkable 0.41 ERA, earning spots on Baseball America’s All-American Second Team and Second Team All-SEC.
Second among Aggies in base hits with 81, Moss has posted a .325 batting average on the year. Out of the leadoff spot, the outfielder holds the longest reached base streak on the season with 22. Additionally, his 65 runs are the best by an Aggie since Tyler Naquin’s 68 in 2011.
Barash is riding a 14-game hit streak, and in during this seven-game win streak for Texas A&M, the starting catcher is batting .462 to go along with 10 RBI. On the year, Barash has maintained a .328 average.
The accolades for White have continued to pile up after a stellar 2016 campaign thus far. Recently being named NCBWA District VII Player of the Year, he has also been named a First Team All-American by Baseball America, First Team All-SEC, a Dick Howser Trophy finalist, as well as a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award.
White leads the Aggies with a batting average of .398, 18 doubles, and 28 multi-hit games.
Vinson will leave College Station as the all-time leader in appearances on the mound for the Aggies with 104 going into Friday night. Out of the pen, the senior has a 4-2 record on the year and has held opponents to a .181 batting average.
Signee Hudson Sanchez was also drafted in the first round by the San Diego Padres.