Texas A&M baseball star out for College World Series

Texas A&M baseball may be without its best player in the 2024 College World Series.

Aggies star outfielder Braden Montgomery will miss the entire 2024 CWS in Omaha, Nebraska after suffering a lower leg injury in Game 1 of the Bryan-College Station Super Regional series against Oregon. Montgomery underwent surgery on Wednesday and while Jim Schlossnagle said the timeline for recovery is not as long as initially thought, he is still out for the rest of the season.

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The projected top-10 pick of the 2024 MLB Draft rounded third down trying to score in the first inning against the Ducks, but stumbled near home plate and lay on the field for several minutes before was helped to the dugout by Texas. A&M’s training staff. He then took off his uniform and came back to the dugout with an air bag on his leg.

With the first-year transfer from Stanford likely ending his college career, Jace LaViolette will have to step up in the middle of the Aggies’ order without Montgomery.

Texas A&M opens CWS against conference foe Florida on Saturday at 6 p.m.

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Why doesn’t Braden Montgomery play for Texas A&M?

Montgomery will miss the entire College World Series after suffering an injury against Oregon in the super regional on Saturday, June 8. The loss is a major blow to Texas A&M, as Montgomery is considered one of the top prospects in the league’s 2024 MLB Draft class.

The freshman transfer from Stanford played in the CWS this time last year and ironically helped the Cardinal eliminate the Aggies in the Stanford Super Regional to reach Omaha, Nebraska in 2023. Texas A&M should still have a solid chance to compete for a National Championship without Montgomery, however, as the Aggies still have Jace LaViolette, who will likely be one of the top selections of the 2025 draft class.

Braden Montgomery injury update

The injury occurred in the bottom of the first inning vs. Oregon on Saturday, June 8, when Montgomery attempted to head home. However, a difficult descent home left him on the ground. He tried to get up on his own, but ended up with an air cushion wrapped around his right leg.

He was later seen using crutches in the dugout and celebrating the Aggies’ Super Regional victory.

Montgomery underwent surgery on Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season, Schlossnagle said. That said, he will be with the team in Omaha as the Aggies look for a College World Series title.

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Braden Montgomery MLB Draft Mock

Here are the latest trials for Montgomery:

  • MLB Pipeline: First round, No. 4 overall to the Oakland Athletics
  • ESPN: First round, No. 6 overall to Kansas City Royals
  • The athletic: First round, No. 9 overall to Pittsburgh Pirates

Braden Montgomery stats

  • 2024 (Texas A&M): .322 batting average with 27 home runs and 85 RBIs
  • 2023 (Stanford): .336 batting average with 17 home runs with 61 RBIs
  • 2022 (Stanford): .294 batting average with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs

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