It appears that 2017 MLB first-round draft pick, Drew Rasmussen, will in fact return to Oregon State for the 2018 season. Rasmussen did not sign with the Tampa Bay Rays after they selected him with the 31st overall pick. The Rays did not offer him any sort of deal after his post-draft MRI revealed potential complications compared to his pre-draft MRI. Kendall Rogers first revealed the news:
Rasmussen will return to #OregonState for another year, but his availability is TBD given what his latest MRI showed. We’ll see what happens— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogersD1) July 17, 2017
The other day, Major League Baseball ruled that they would not grant him the option of free agency and so he will not be able to sign with another team. Rasmussen still has two remaining years of college eligibility and still has excellent leverage as long as he can show that his arm is 100% healthy this upcoming season.
In other news, one day after making a SportsCenter Top-10 worthy catch, Andy Atwood has potentially decided to transfer away from the Oregon State baseball program. Kendall Rogers announced the news on Twitter Tuesday morning, but quickly deleted his Tweet. The National Writer/Editor for D1baseball tweeted that he had heard Andy Atwood would be transferring, most likely headed to UTRGV (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley). It’s likely that Rogers jumped the gun in announcing Atwood’s transfer based on rumors, but the transfer would not come as a shock.
Andy Atwood is an extremely baseball player and his headed into his junior season with the Beavers, but his natural position is in the middle of the infield (shortstop/second base). Unfortunately for Atwood, those spots are taken by probably the top middle infield duo in the nation between Nick Madrigal and Cadyn Grenier. That competition combined with the talented incoming recruiting class has caused many to wonder if the team would see some players transfer from the program. For now, nothing is official in terms of Andy Atwood transferring but don’t be shocked to hear that Atwood (and others) have ultimately decided to transfer to receive more playing time.