Following his selection as the 160th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, former ASU Baseball shortstop Colby Woodmansee has signed with the New York Mets.
The fifth-round pick made 82 starts at shortstop over the course of his three-year career in Tempe, Ariz.
Woodmansee is an excellent middle infielder whose strengths include getting on base as well as his defense.
As a junior, Woodmansee was named a Louisville Slugger Second Team Preseason All-American and was placed on the preseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award.
Offensively, Woodmansee batted .265/.355/.438 while leading ASU in RBIs with 44 and was tied for the team lead in home runs with eight.
Additionally, he opened the season reaching base safely in 20 straight games.
Defensively, Woodmansee started 29 double plays on the season and had a fielding percentage of .951, including 126 defensive assists.
While his junior year was not as offensively efficient as his sophomore season, Woodmansee was still a key cog in the Sun Devils lineup.
“He had a slightly better offensive year his sophomore year than this year. We still see a lot of bat potential with him. But he’s a guy who stays at shortstop. He’s a little taller version with a plus arm over there,” said Mets Amateur Scouting Director Tommy Tanous in an interview with ESPN’s Adam Rubin.
Now with the Mets, Woodmansee will most remain at shortstop; however, New York has quite a bit of depth at the position.
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The Mets acquired Asdrubal Cabrera prior to the 2016 season and have a strong backup in Wilmer Flores. The additions of Woodmansee and fourth round pick Michael Paez of Coastal Carolina only strengthen the position.
It would make sense that Woodmansee starts his career in the minor leagues and continues to develop. This would give him the opportunity to grow on offense as his defensive skills are very polished.
After a successful career with ASU Baseball, Woodmansee now turns his attention to the reigning National League Champions.