The Texas A&M baseball team will open the 2018 season with a three-game nonconference series against Rhode Island on Feb. 16-18 at Blue Bell Park.

Former Texas A&M pitcher A.J. Minter pitched a scoreless inning for Atlanta on Wednesday night in a 9-6 loss to Seattle. The left-hander, who was the 75th pick in the 2015 draft, retired three straight batters, two via strikeouts.

 Former Nebraska standout Jeff Christy has been added to the Texas A&M baseball staff as a volunteer assistant coach, head coach Rob Childress announced Tuesday.

Former Texas A&M first baseman Joel Davis signed a professional contract on July 6 to play for the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association, an independent baseball league featuring 12 teams in the heart of the country. Davis said his only image of Iowa before this summer was the cornstalk-surrounded baseball diamond from Field of Dreams. Now his Iowa host home is on a corn farm.

Former Texas A&M center fielder Nick Choruby tweeted Monday that he has signed with the Washington Nationals.

Texas A&M freshman second baseman Braden Shewmake earned the Aggie baseball team’s Marion Pugh Most Valuable Player after hitting .328 with 11 home runs and 69 RBIs, also winning the Loraine B. and William B. “Breezy” Breazeale RBI Award.

What blister?: While TCU was batting in the fourth inning, ESPN reported that Frogs’ starting pitcher Brian Howard had a blister on his throwing hand. At the time, Howard had struck out seven and faced just two over the minimum. He threw three more innings and after the game said the blister hurt only when he gave up a hit. That meant three times.

OMAHA, Neb. -- During one of the three or four times TCU pitcher Brian Howard and Texas A&M outfielder Walker Pennington talked during their time at the College World Series, Pennington told his former roommate he would wave at him in his first at-bat against him.

Similar stories: The Aggies and Cardinals can compare notes when it comes to how last season finished and expectations for this season. A&M lost to TCU in the deciding game of the Super Regional and Louisville was eliminated in the Super Regional by a UC Santa Barbara ninth-inning grand slam. A&M had 13 players drafted — all by the 23rd round — from that team and Louisville had eight, including first-rounder Will Smith, so both had to rebuild.

Texas A&M's Nick Choruby has received plenty of ovations while patrolling center field at Blue Bell Park the last three years. During batting practice Wednesday, he heard the cheers while standing still.

One of Texas A&M’s record 13 players taken in last year’s Major League Baseball draft, Brigham Hill was the lone Aggie from that group who did not sign. Instead he returned to be part of A&M’s run to the College World Series.