Heasley signing is a bit of a surprise as indications were he was leaning towards a return and as a draft eligible sophomore, he'd have retained his junior year leverage if he'd returned. His last start was phenomenal, but he was very inconsistent most of his career. Still plenty of candidates for the weekend rotation with the injured guys coming back, but his loss does hurt.
When I see mid round guys jump ship it makes me wonder if there is behind the scenes drama?
Guys like Trey Cobb and others would do anything to stay in Stillwater and play, esp when they have lots of talent coming back. Heasley has a 5.5+Era? If he got more consistent he could’ve been a top 7 round guy thus doubling his $?
You'd have to assume they are the favorites in the clubhouse, but the JUCOs (Gragg and Lyons) come in having put up a lot of wins. (No inside info, but I also wouldn't be surprised to learn that we aren't done recruiting).
The great news - knock on wood - is that RW will have a much fuller cupboard to work from this year than he has had since 2016. I could see the staff struggling a little out of the gate as guys knock the rust off and spots get settled, but I'll be surprised if our 2019 staff - again, if healthy - isn't back toward the top of the league in ERA like all of Rob's staffs prior to 2017.
Only recruit who was drafted was Hueston Morrill, who went in the mid-late 30 rounds. He was ranked much higher than that on most draft prospect lists, which is usually an indication that a guy is leaning toward going to college. It's never a given, but I'd assume that they should all get to campus.
That said, it's not uncommon to lose a recruit or two after the fall as guys see that their playing time may not be as much as they hoped for.