That, however, is something Speas has already been focusing on.
“I definitely have started getting more command with all my pitches,” Speas said. “I feel as I keep developing I could be a starting guy for the Rangers.”
While a professional offer is now on the table, Speas has a decision to make. As an 18-year-old, he must choose between entering the Texas Rangers’ farm system or going to Auburn to play for new head coach Butch Thompson, who was formerly Mississippi State’s pitching coach.
Speas said he will sit down with his family in order to decide which route to take. While he explained he doesn’t have a timetable in mind, July 15 is the deadline for amateur draft picks to sign their contracts with their respective clubs.
Although time will tell whether he sports the Rangers’ royal blue or the Tigers’ navy blue, Speas made it apparent the match with Texas left him greatly appreciative of the extensive lead-up to draft night.
“They’ve always been a contender (at the major league level),” Speas said. “It was a nerve-wracking process, and it took a while. At the same time, it was a fun process to go through. It was exciting to be in a position to be able to be drafted.”