Wednesday Journal is following former area ballplayers as they try to make it to the pros. Every week the Watch will keep readers updated on their progress. Stats are through Sunday.

Double A Midland’s Vasili Spanos hit a go-ahead two-run single in a win at Tulsa May 29. He snapped a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning and then added an RBI single in the ninth. Spanos went 6-for-19 (.316) with three doubles and five RBIs in four games, boosting his average to .282. He is second on his team in RBIs (26) and homers (five, tie).

Andrew Hagins said in a brief interview Sunday that he is considering three options as he continues his career: returning to Oakton (Ill.) CC for a second season; transferring to a Division I school (he said Penn State and South Carolina have shown interest); or, if picked in the amateur draft tomorrow or Friday, signing with a major league team. Tampa Bay, which drafted Hagins in the 28th round in 2006, lost its rights to him by not signing him by the May 30 deadline. Hagins said the Devil Rays scout who tracked him was concerned about a hitch in his swing and didn’t think Hagins had corrected it. Hagins hit .314 with six homers and 52 RBIs his freshman year.

“It’s not all about the numbers,” he said. “As the scout told me from the beginning of the season, it’s about my overall bat speed and how he thinks I’d develop at the next level. … They didn’t think I made the adjustment to my swing.”

Ruairi O’Connor grounded into a double play in his only at-bat in NCAA regional play over the weekend as Florida State was eliminated in four games from the double-elimination regional. The top-seeded Seminoles lost twice to second-seeded Mississippi State while beating Bethune-Cookman and Stetson. A redshirt sophomore, O’Connor batted .296 (29-for-98) with a homer and 22 RBIs in 44 games (29 starts). In ACC play, he hit .250 (9-for-36).

-Daniel Heim

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