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"Five incoming Texas baseball recruits who can make an early difference"

Breaking down a group of players who could help make up for the weaknesses of the 2019 team.

By Wescott Eberts@SBN_Wescott  May 22, 2019

Next season, the Texas Longhorns will have to replace starters at catcher, first base, shortstop, and likely third base, center field, and right field. It’s possible that head coach David Pierce could get David Hamilton back for a second attempt at his junior season, and DJ Petrinsky is expected back as well, but Ryan Reynolds, Duke Ellis, and Austin Todd are likely to move on to the professional ranks. Designed hitter Zach Zubia is also draft eligible.  So expect Pierce to lean heavily on a group of incoming recruits to fill those openings and possible openings. After the season ended last week against Oklahoma, Pierce mentioned five players by name:

Among UT’s incoming freshmen, Pierce is high on infielder Brenden Dixon, utility players André Duplantier II and Sanson “Trey” Faltine III and catcher Silas Ardoin. The Longhorns also received a verbal commitment from San Jacinto College infielder Camryn Williams on Friday.  Let’s look at what those players will bring to the program.

Brenden Dixon | INF | 6’1 | 1956’ | Argyle HS

Infielder Brenden Dixon continues the trend of Pierce landing talented football players who also excel on the diamond — Dixon was an All-District defensive back in each of his first three seasons at Argyle.  “Brenden is a very polished player and has done nothing but win while at Argyle High School,” Texas assistant Phillip Allen said when Dixon signed. “An All-State player in two sports, Brenden brings that competitive nature that we are always looking for. He is a very good offensive player that should end up in the middle of our lineup very soon.”  Pierce believes that Dixon can help anchor the infield in future years thanks to his athleticism and leadership abilities. The 6’1, 195-pounder hit .400 as a sophomore and .417 as a junior with nine triples and three home runs for an Argyle team that went undefeated on its way to a state championship.  Here’s the assessment of Dixon from a tournament two years ago:

Committed to the University of Texas, Brenden plays beyond his years. He commands attention immediately thanks to his confident body language, live body and passion for the game that shows through in his actions. He has very good eye/hand coordination and combines that with a clean move through contact to square up balls with some authority at the plate. He doubled and tripled in game play, both to the middle of the field. Defensively he anticipates well, has a good first step and shows dependable hands. Profiling now as an offensive second baseman, it will be interesting to see this impact prospect develop.

The question is where Dixon fits — Lance Ford looks like the future at second base and it’s still possible, though perhaps unlikely, that Hamilton returns for that second chance at his junior season. And there’s also Bryce Reagan, though he struggled so much in the field and at the plate that it’s difficult to feel confident about his future at Texas.  So Ford and Dixon could end up competing for the two middle infield spots if Hamilton doesn’t return, with the better fielder ending up at shortstop. Several other players on this list could be in that mix, too.

Silas Ardoin | C | 5’11 | 190 | Lake Charles (La.) Sam Houston

Silas Ardoin’s father, Danny, spent 15 years playing professional baseball, including playing 80 games for the Colorado Rockies in 2005. Now his son already has a reputation as an excellent defensive catcher as he prepares to begin his college baseball career.  “Silas is a very polished catch-and-throw type catcher that really understands the position,” Allen said. “His father was a big-league catcher and you can tell Silas has grown up around the game. With his advanced approach to the game we look forward to getting Silas on campus.”Pierce views the 5’11, 190-pounder as a player who could become “a very good gap-to-gap hitter” at Texas. This spring, Ardoin showed some of that potential in earning Louisiana Prep Baseball Player of the Week honors after hitting three home runs and three doubles in 13 at bats.  The most important contribution he could make is behind the plate, where the Longhorns struggled in 2019 following the injury to Petrinsky. If Ardoin does end up as the team’s best defensive catcher — a strong possibility given that his high-end pop times are around the Major League average — his rise would allow Pierce to move Petrinsky to first base, where Texas has a need.

André Duplantier II | RHP/INF | 6’2 | 198 | Humble Summer Creek

Duplantier comes to Texas as a strong-armed infielder who is also expected to pitch for the Longhorns.  “Dré is a very physical kid that has the ability to pitch and hit for us,” Allen said. “His pro future is probably on the mound but we are looking forward to seeing if he can do both for us. He is an upper 80s low 90s pitcher that has a plus slider right now. We feel like he is just scratching the surface with how good he could be on the mound.”  In fact, for as much upside as Duplantier has as a pitcher, the looming departure of Reynolds leaves Texas a little thin at that position, though it’s possible Sam Bertelson could emerge there as a junior.  Here’s the scouting report on Duplantier from last year:

Andre is a SS/RHP who is a prospect at both positions. At the plate - he has strong/centered balance with fluid rhythm to load. He takes an absolute hack - crushing the ball to the deep parts of the park. In the MIF, he has plus lateral range, working from the ground-up with smooth actions. Transfer is quick as he fires strong throws (93 mph velocity) zipping across the diamond. He continues to show as an upside on the bump. This righty has a 3 pitch arsenal in which to keep hitters guessing. Arm strength has improved as he threw his top velocity to date at 90 mph. FB jumps out of his hand and shows with arm side run. Breaking ball displays 11/5 shape with late break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup with sinking action. He works tall and drives downhill, repeating well. Control is solid as he throws strikes with all his pitches. Andre will play at a very high level and make an immediate impact, possibly as a two-way guy.

Sanson “Trey” Faltine III | RHP/UTIL | 6’2 | 195 | Fort Bend Travis

Like Jake McKenzie did at Texas in 2018, Faltine is capable of playing all nine positions and did so at Travis during his high school career.  “I would argue that Trey is the most versatile player in the country,” Allen said. “He has represented Team USA on several occasions and plays all over the field for them. He is very, very athletic and can really run. The great thing about him along with all his tools is how well he knows the game and much he loves to play. He is a very polished pitcher that is only going to improve his stuff as he continues to grow and add weight. He legitimately can play any position on the field, but I’m looking forward to see how well he does at shortstop when he shows up on campus.”  So consider Faltine another candidate to compete for the starting shortstop job with the potential to play third base and pitch, as well. Or he could fill an outfield spot if necessary. When someone can play all nine positions, there are a lot of possibilities.  Here’s the scouting report on Faltine:

Strong two-way talent who hasn’t defined himself positionally yet. 6.53 runner, has very athletic actions in the middle infield with soft hands out front and plenty of arm strength across the diamond, light on his feet and very balanced. Right handed hitter, hits from narrow base with a static load in back, rotational swing with a middle of the field contact approach, has the athleticism to improve as a hitter. Up tempo delivery on the mound, long arm action with good arm speed, stays on line well. Fastball topped out at 92 mph with good cutting action at times. Very good feel for spinning the ball, threw just a curveball this outing but has shown slider potential in the past, nice sinking change up, has a feel for spotting and changing speeds.

Camryn Williams | INF/OF | 6’2 | 190 | San Jacinto College

The most recent addition to this list, Williams pledged to Texas last week. A Florida native who was drafted in the 39th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners, Williams hit .262 in 26 games, including 14 starts, with Dallas Baptist in 2017, then appeared in seven games last season, hitting .333. At San Jacinto this year, he hit .331 with eight home runs, 12 stolen bases, and drew quite a few walks, so he’ll bring a nice combination of power, patience, and speed to the Texas lineup, though he is draft eligible again. With so much competition at the shortstop position, the best fit for Williams is likely in center field, where he’ll be the favorite to take over for Ellis.

What stands out about this group overall is the amount of athleticism and versatility that is available. Texas will get bigger, stronger, and faster with this group of talented players. And if guys like Duplantier and Faltine struggle at the plate, as Kamron Fields has during his time at Texas, they will still have opportunities to make a difference for the program. In total, the class has four two-way players, which should reduce the bust potential in the class overall.

Another aspect of the 2019 recruiting class that deserves some discussion is the group of pitchers — in addition to a number of right-handed pitchers, some of whom can also hit and play in the field, Pierce and his staff signed four left-handed pitchers.  During the 2019 season, senior left-hander Brandon Ivey was one of two left-handers on the roster and the only one to make any appearances. Because Ivey had such average stuff, he wasn’t particularly effective against right-handed hitters, leaving Pierce with limited options late in games. In fact, not having a quality option or two from the left side out of the bullpen helps explain some of the late-game meltdowns.  Next season, however, Peter Hansen, Chase Lummus, Sam Walbridge, and Austin Wallace will all join the fold, with Lummus possessing a strong changeup and Walbrdige intriguing “angle and stuff” aided by his 6’5 frame and long arms.

https://www.burntorangenation.com/2019/5/22/18630572/texas-longhorns-baseball-2020-camryn-williams-brenden-dixon-silas-ardoin-andre-duplantier

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If not mistaken,  Stehly is Pierce's first recruit from California.    The light may be coming on.

 

#keep the Stanford series

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7 hours ago, torre said:

If not mistaken,  Stehly is Pierce's first recruit from California.    The light may be coming on.

 

#keep the Stanford series

#Play a series  west of Lubbock. 

Scuttlebutt at the Stanford  series this year was that it was over.  Replaced  with Vanderbilt.  

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14 minutes ago, CDAK said:

When does the schedule come out?

Published in August last year.

Though I believe it is petscii who usually gives us an early preview.     😉

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Updated list.   Good to see Thomas Burbank's name.   LHP,  rated high by Perfect Game.   Saw no time last year,  maybe injury ?  

 

AUSTIN, Texas – Highlighted by five Longhorn pitchers heading to the Cape Cod League, Texas Baseball will send 13 players to play in summer collegiate wood bat leagues.

Kamron Fields will play for the Orleans Firebirds, Ty Madden and Kolby Kubichek will suit up for the Chatham Anglers, and Coy Cobb and Bryce Elder will represent the Wareham Gatemen. Opening Day in the Cape Cod League is Monday, June 10.

Three Longhorns are underway in the Northwoods League for the Duluth Huskies, Mason Bryant, Lance Ford and Owen Meaney. Ford is one of the offensive leaders with four doubles, 10 runs scored and six RBI and Bryant has four relief appearances with 14 total strikeouts.

Eric Kennedy and Cole Quintanilla are playing for the Santa Barbara Foresters of the California Collegiate League. Kennedy is batting .300 with three runs scored through three games.

Thomas Burbank is playing for the Gaithersburg Giants of the Cal Ripken League. Caston Peter and Bryson Smith are competing in the Valley League for the Harrisonburg Turks. Peter has a double and a homer so far through seven games played.

(Cal Ripken League in DC/Baltimore area,  Valley League in Virginia)

CAPE COD LEAGUE
Kamron Fields (Orleans)
Ty Madden (Chatham)
Kolby Kubicheck (Chatham)
Coy Cobb (Wareham)
Bryce Elder (Wareham)

NORTHWOODS LEAGUE
Mason Bryant (Duluth)
Lance Ford (Duluth)
Owen Meaney (Duluth)

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE
Eric Kennedy (Santa Barbara)
Cole Quintanilla (Santa Barbara)

CAL RIPKEN COLLEGIATE LEAGUE
Thomas Burbank (Gaithersburg)

VALLEY LEAGUE
Caston Peter (Harrisonburg)
Bryson Smith (Harrisonburg)

https://texassports.com/news/2019/6/10/texas-baseball-players-set-off-for-summer-ball.aspx

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20 hours ago, LTtxfan said:

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"Five incoming Texas baseball recruits who can make an early difference"

Breaking down a group of players who could help make up for the weaknesses of the 2019 team.

By Wescott Eberts@SBN_Wescott  May 22, 2019

Next season, the Texas Longhorns will have to replace starters at catcher, first base, shortstop, and likely third base, center field, and right field. It’s possible that head coach David Pierce could get David Hamilton back for a second attempt at his junior season, and DJ Petrinsky is expected back as well, but Ryan Reynolds, Duke Ellis, and Austin Todd are likely to move on to the professional ranks. Designed hitter Zach Zubia is also draft eligible.  So expect Pierce to lean heavily on a group of incoming recruits to fill those openings and possible openings. After the season ended last week against Oklahoma, Pierce mentioned five players by name:

Among UT’s incoming freshmen, Pierce is high on infielder Brenden Dixon, utility players André Duplantier II and Sanson “Trey” Faltine III and catcher Silas Ardoin. The Longhorns also received a verbal commitment from San Jacinto College infielder Camryn Williams on Friday.  Let’s look at what those players will bring to the program.

Brenden Dixon | INF | 6’1 | 1956’ | Argyle HS

Infielder Brenden Dixon continues the trend of Pierce landing talented football players who also excel on the diamond — Dixon was an All-District defensive back in each of his first three seasons at Argyle.  “Brenden is a very polished player and has done nothing but win while at Argyle High School,” Texas assistant Phillip Allen said when Dixon signed. “An All-State player in two sports, Brenden brings that competitive nature that we are always looking for. He is a very good offensive player that should end up in the middle of our lineup very soon.”  Pierce believes that Dixon can help anchor the infield in future years thanks to his athleticism and leadership abilities. The 6’1, 195-pounder hit .400 as a sophomore and .417 as a junior with nine triples and three home runs for an Argyle team that went undefeated on its way to a state championship.  Here’s the assessment of Dixon from a tournament two years ago:

Committed to the University of Texas, Brenden plays beyond his years. He commands attention immediately thanks to his confident body language, live body and passion for the game that shows through in his actions. He has very good eye/hand coordination and combines that with a clean move through contact to square up balls with some authority at the plate. He doubled and tripled in game play, both to the middle of the field. Defensively he anticipates well, has a good first step and shows dependable hands. Profiling now as an offensive second baseman, it will be interesting to see this impact prospect develop.

The question is where Dixon fits — Lance Ford looks like the future at second base and it’s still possible, though perhaps unlikely, that Hamilton returns for that second chance at his junior season. And there’s also Bryce Reagan, though he struggled so much in the field and at the plate that it’s difficult to feel confident about his future at Texas.  So Ford and Dixon could end up competing for the two middle infield spots if Hamilton doesn’t return, with the better fielder ending up at shortstop. Several other players on this list could be in that mix, too.

Silas Ardoin | C | 5’11 | 190 | Lake Charles (La.) Sam Houston

Silas Ardoin’s father, Danny, spent 15 years playing professional baseball, including playing 80 games for the Colorado Rockies in 2005. Now his son already has a reputation as an excellent defensive catcher as he prepares to begin his college baseball career.  “Silas is a very polished catch-and-throw type catcher that really understands the position,” Allen said. “His father was a big-league catcher and you can tell Silas has grown up around the game. With his advanced approach to the game we look forward to getting Silas on campus.”Pierce views the 5’11, 190-pounder as a player who could become “a very good gap-to-gap hitter” at Texas. This spring, Ardoin showed some of that potential in earning Louisiana Prep Baseball Player of the Week honors after hitting three home runs and three doubles in 13 at bats.  The most important contribution he could make is behind the plate, where the Longhorns struggled in 2019 following the injury to Petrinsky. If Ardoin does end up as the team’s best defensive catcher — a strong possibility given that his high-end pop times are around the Major League average — his rise would allow Pierce to move Petrinsky to first base, where Texas has a need.

André Duplantier II | RHP/INF | 6’2 | 198 | Humble Summer Creek

Duplantier comes to Texas as a strong-armed infielder who is also expected to pitch for the Longhorns.  “Dré is a very physical kid that has the ability to pitch and hit for us,” Allen said. “His pro future is probably on the mound but we are looking forward to seeing if he can do both for us. He is an upper 80s low 90s pitcher that has a plus slider right now. We feel like he is just scratching the surface with how good he could be on the mound.”  In fact, for as much upside as Duplantier has as a pitcher, the looming departure of Reynolds leaves Texas a little thin at that position, though it’s possible Sam Bertelson could emerge there as a junior.  Here’s the scouting report on Duplantier from last year:

Andre is a SS/RHP who is a prospect at both positions. At the plate - he has strong/centered balance with fluid rhythm to load. He takes an absolute hack - crushing the ball to the deep parts of the park. In the MIF, he has plus lateral range, working from the ground-up with smooth actions. Transfer is quick as he fires strong throws (93 mph velocity) zipping across the diamond. He continues to show as an upside on the bump. This righty has a 3 pitch arsenal in which to keep hitters guessing. Arm strength has improved as he threw his top velocity to date at 90 mph. FB jumps out of his hand and shows with arm side run. Breaking ball displays 11/5 shape with late break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup with sinking action. He works tall and drives downhill, repeating well. Control is solid as he throws strikes with all his pitches. Andre will play at a very high level and make an immediate impact, possibly as a two-way guy.

Sanson “Trey” Faltine III | RHP/UTIL | 6’2 | 195 | Fort Bend Travis

Like Jake McKenzie did at Texas in 2018, Faltine is capable of playing all nine positions and did so at Travis during his high school career.  “I would argue that Trey is the most versatile player in the country,” Allen said. “He has represented Team USA on several occasions and plays all over the field for them. He is very, very athletic and can really run. The great thing about him along with all his tools is how well he knows the game and much he loves to play. He is a very polished pitcher that is only going to improve his stuff as he continues to grow and add weight. He legitimately can play any position on the field, but I’m looking forward to see how well he does at shortstop when he shows up on campus.”  So consider Faltine another candidate to compete for the starting shortstop job with the potential to play third base and pitch, as well. Or he could fill an outfield spot if necessary. When someone can play all nine positions, there are a lot of possibilities.  Here’s the scouting report on Faltine:

Strong two-way talent who hasn’t defined himself positionally yet. 6.53 runner, has very athletic actions in the middle infield with soft hands out front and plenty of arm strength across the diamond, light on his feet and very balanced. Right handed hitter, hits from narrow base with a static load in back, rotational swing with a middle of the field contact approach, has the athleticism to improve as a hitter. Up tempo delivery on the mound, long arm action with good arm speed, stays on line well. Fastball topped out at 92 mph with good cutting action at times. Very good feel for spinning the ball, threw just a curveball this outing but has shown slider potential in the past, nice sinking change up, has a feel for spotting and changing speeds.

Camryn Williams | INF/OF | 6’2 | 190 | San Jacinto College

The most recent addition to this list, Williams pledged to Texas last week. A Florida native who was drafted in the 39th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners, Williams hit .262 in 26 games, including 14 starts, with Dallas Baptist in 2017, then appeared in seven games last season, hitting .333. At San Jacinto this year, he hit .331 with eight home runs, 12 stolen bases, and drew quite a few walks, so he’ll bring a nice combination of power, patience, and speed to the Texas lineup, though he is draft eligible again. With so much competition at the shortstop position, the best fit for Williams is likely in center field, where he’ll be the favorite to take over for Ellis.

What stands out about this group overall is the amount of athleticism and versatility that is available. Texas will get bigger, stronger, and faster with this group of talented players. And if guys like Duplantier and Faltine struggle at the plate, as Kamron Fields has during his time at Texas, they will still have opportunities to make a difference for the program. In total, the class has four two-way players, which should reduce the bust potential in the class overall.

Another aspect of the 2019 recruiting class that deserves some discussion is the group of pitchers — in addition to a number of right-handed pitchers, some of whom can also hit and play in the field, Pierce and his staff signed four left-handed pitchers.  During the 2019 season, senior left-hander Brandon Ivey was one of two left-handers on the roster and the only one to make any appearances. Because Ivey had such average stuff, he wasn’t particularly effective against right-handed hitters, leaving Pierce with limited options late in games. In fact, not having a quality option or two from the left side out of the bullpen helps explain some of the late-game meltdowns.  Next season, however, Peter Hansen, Chase Lummus, Sam Walbridge, and Austin Wallace will all join the fold, with Lummus possessing a strong changeup and Walbrdige intriguing “angle and stuff” aided by his 6’5 frame and long arms.

https://www.burntorangenation.com/2019/5/22/18630572/texas-longhorns-baseball-2020-camryn-williams-brenden-dixon-silas-ardoin-andre-duplantier

Those are some big boyz.

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3 hours ago, petscii said:

#Play a series  west of Lubbock. 

Scuttlebutt at the Stanford  series this year was that it was over.  Replaced  with Vanderbilt.  

I can deal with a loss of the Stanford series if it means we get a weekend trip to Nashville next year. Hell yeah that'll be a good drinking weekend. 

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20 hours ago, torre said:

Updated list.   Good to see Thomas Burbank's name.   LHP,  rated high by Perfect Game.   Saw no time last year,  maybe injury ?  

 

AUSTIN, Texas – Highlighted by five Longhorn pitchers heading to the Cape Cod League, Texas Baseball will send 13 players to play in summer collegiate wood bat leagues.

Kamron Fields will play for the Orleans Firebirds, Ty Madden and Kolby Kubichek will suit up for the Chatham Anglers, and Coy Cobb and Bryce Elder will represent the Wareham Gatemen. Opening Day in the Cape Cod League is Monday, June 10.

Three Longhorns are underway in the Northwoods League for the Duluth Huskies, Mason Bryant, Lance Ford and Owen Meaney. Ford is one of the offensive leaders with four doubles, 10 runs scored and six RBI and Bryant has four relief appearances with 14 total strikeouts.

Eric Kennedy and Cole Quintanilla are playing for the Santa Barbara Foresters of the California Collegiate League. Kennedy is batting .300 with three runs scored through three games.

Thomas Burbank is playing for the Gaithersburg Giants of the Cal Ripken League. Caston Peter and Bryson Smith are competing in the Valley League for the Harrisonburg Turks. Peter has a double and a homer so far through seven games played.

(Cal Ripken League in DC/Baltimore area,  Valley League in Virginia)

CAPE COD LEAGUE
Kamron Fields (Orleans)
Ty Madden (Chatham)
Kolby Kubicheck (Chatham)
Coy Cobb (Wareham)
Bryce Elder (Wareham)

NORTHWOODS LEAGUE
Mason Bryant (Duluth)
Lance Ford (Duluth)
Owen Meaney (Duluth)

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE
Eric Kennedy (Santa Barbara)
Cole Quintanilla (Santa Barbara)

CAL RIPKEN COLLEGIATE LEAGUE
Thomas Burbank (Gaithersburg)

VALLEY LEAGUE
Caston Peter (Harrisonburg)
Bryson Smith (Harrisonburg)

https://texassports.com/news/2019/6/10/texas-baseball-players-set-off-for-summer-ball.aspx

13 out of 24 guys are playing summer ball.  What do the other guys do all summer?

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7 minutes ago, 66BUFF said:

13 out of 24 guys are playing summer ball.  What do the other guys do all summer?

Not sure,  but I believe there is an informal off season conditioning program and informal practice like football.    No coaches,  just strength coach.   Not enough slots for everyone to play summer ball.

Pretty sure they also help with the youth summer camps.

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Best in the future to Ryan and Bocchi.

 

The Texas baseball team announced on Tuesday that Bocchi has signed with the Chicago Cubs as a free agent. A right-handed pitcher, Bocchi was not selected in this month’s MLB Draft.

This past week, Chicago used a 14th-round pick to select UT junior infielder Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds’ father, Shane, told Fox 26 sports director Mark Berman that his son will sign with the Cubs. The Cubs also drafted former UT reliever Josh Sawyer in 2018.

A 6-4 native of Italy, Bocchi started his collegiate career at Odessa College but spent the past two years at Texas. Longhorns fans will likely have fond memories of Bocchi’s unexpected but solid start against Tennessee Tech in the decisive game of a 2018 super regional. Bocchi was mostly used out of the bullpen during his senior year and he posted a team-low 2.45 ERA.

For his Texas career, Bocchi was 6-3 with a 2.78 ERA, 58 strikeouts and 29 walks. He worked 71 1/3 innings as a Longhorn.

This past season, Texas coaches tinkered with the way that Bocchi threw a baseball.  🙄    Using his new pitching motion, Bocchi mainly relied on his fastball and slider. He told reporters in April that he was also working on throwing a change-up out of his lower arm slot.   

 

https://www.hookem.com/2019/06/11/texas-pitcher-matteo-bocchi-signs-with-cubs/

 

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For his Texas career, Bocchi was 6-3 with a 2.78 ERA, 58 strikeouts and 29 walks. He worked 71 1/3 innings as a Longhorn.

 

Wow. I would have guessed these numbers would look way worse.

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Thx for posting !      Dates for the Shriner's Classic are 28 Feb - 1 Mar.

This may,  repeat may,  be the reason we reportedly are not playing Stanford next year.    At least I hope.    Not positive,  but iirc,  we did not play Stanford 1 year because of the Classic.

 

 

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Instead of the beach or a campsite, some of Texas’ Longhorns are spending their summer vacations at a baseball field.

This summer, Texas has sent a handful of its players to participate in various collegiate wood bat leagues across the country. Second baseman Lance Ford has been responsible for one of UT’s biggest highlights thus far. Ford is hitting .282 this summer for Duluth, but he did not pick up a bat in a 7-3 loss to the Waterloo Bucks on June 11. The one-time quarterback and pitcher at Kerrville Tivy High instead struck out the side in an inning-long appearance out of the bullpen.

Summertime at Texas: Update 1

  SUMMER TEAM LEAGUE STATISTICS
OF Eric Kennedy Santa Barbara California .467 (14-30), 2 RBI, 8 R, 9 SB
OF Duke Ellis Cotuit Cape Cod .286 (2-7), 1 BB
INF Lance Ford Duluth Northwoods .282 (20-71); 9 RBI, 10 R, 5 2B
INF Tanner Haney Victoria West Coast .269 (7-26), 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R
C Caston Peter Harrisonburg Valley .175 (7-40), 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R
RHP Kolby Kubichek Chatham Cape Cod 7 IP, 0.00 ERA, 7 K, 2 BB, 2 H
RHP Ty Madden Chatham Cape Cod 5 IP, 3.60 ERA, 8 K, 2 BB, 5 H
RHP Bryce Elder Wareham Cape Cod 5.2 IP, 4.76 ERA, 7 K, 5 BB, 4 H
RHP Mason Bryant Duluth Northwoods 10 IP, 8.10 ERA, 15 K, 8 BB, 13 H
RHP Cole Quintanilla Santa Barbara California 8 IP, 6.75 ERA, 4 K, 2 BB, 10 H

https://www.hookem.com/2019/06/18/how-they-spent-their-summer-vacations-an-update-on-the-longhorns-playing-summer-baseball/

 

 

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Pierce must have contacts at Cape Cod to be able to send this many players.   Very few juco players have the opportunity.

Be interesting to see how Reagan develops at Arizona.    Hope he does well.

 

On Wednesday, Texas announced the signing of infielder Camryn Williams. A rising junior from San Jacinto College, Williams gave Texas a verbal commitment in May. He is currently playing summer baseball alongside future teammate Duke Ellis in the Cape Cod League.

 Former UT shortstop Bryce Reagan tweeted on Monday that he will transfer to Arizona. Reagan started 19 times and hit .220 during his freshman year, but he lost his job due to struggles on defense.

https://www.hookem.com/2019/06/19/texas-officially-adds-infielder-camryn-williams/

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"struggles" is putting it mildly. I cannot recall a regular position player as subpar on defense as he was. I hoped maybe he might improve and end up having a decent career here. Good luck to him at Arizona.

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Shriner's Classic competition announced:

Friday night - LSU

Saturday night - Arky

Sunday afternoon - Mizzou

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Danny Davis,  AAS,  is doing a great job with Summer updates.   Can't recall regular updates in the past.   Give him a shout-out on twitter/email.

  Impressive stats by Kennedy,  Kubichek, and  Madden, (though with limited innings).

 

OF Eric Kennedy Santa Barbara California .388 (19-49), 11 R, 14 SB, 0 CS
INF Lance Ford Duluth Northwoods .256 (22-86), 9 RBI, 12 R, 5 2B
C Caston Peter Harrisonburg Valley .200 (11-55), 1 HR, 6 RBI, 9 R
OF Duke Ellis Cotuit Cape Cod .250 (4-16), 2 R, 1 SB
INF Cam Williams Cotuit Cape Cod .143 (2-14), 1 HR, 2 RBI
RHP Kolby Kubichek Chatham Cape Cod 10 IP, 0.90 ERA, 7 K, 5 BB, 6 H
RHP Ty Madden Chatham Cape Cod 8.1 IP, 2.16 ERA, 10 K, 3 BB, 5 H
RHP Bryce Elder Wareham Cape Cod 8.2 IP, 4.15 ERA, 10 K, 5 BB, 6 H
RHP Coy Cobb Wareham Cape Cod 3.2 IP, 4.90 ERA, 3 K, 3 BB, 4 H
LHP Thomas Burbank Gaithersburg Cal Ripken 15.2 IP, 5.17 ERA, 21 K, 5 BB, 13 H

https://www.hookem.com/2019/06/24/summer-sessions-an-update-on-the-longhorns-playing-in-collegiate-wood-bat-leagues/

  

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Was Burbank on the roster this past year? Seems like there was another LHP besides Ivey, bur he never saw any action.

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9 hours ago, zlavydra said:

Was Burbank on the roster this past year? Seems like there was another LHP besides Ivey, bur he never saw any action.

He was on the roster.

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5 minutes ago, MuellerHorn said:

Maybe I'm naive for holding out hope, but when are we expected to hear a decision from Hamilton?

July 12th 5pm ET

But I don't count until the first day of class, or opening day to be sure.

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So our returning players next year who are good are Kennedy and Elder. Zubia, Ford, and Ellis are ok. The rest of the slack will have to come from newcomers.  That does not seem ideal. 

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Well fuck. Good for Hamilton tho, hope he does great in the minors and someday make it to the bigs. Ellis has to learn how to lead now and Ford will have to step up as well- like be the anchor in the middle. Texas will be green but Pierce must show up on the defensive side and offensively as well. It will be a up hill battle for sure. 

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45 minutes ago, bschoolprof said:

So our returning players next year who are good are Kennedy and Elder. Zubia, Ford, and Ellis are ok. The rest of the slack will have to come from newcomers.  That does not seem ideal. 

No it does not.  I would put Madden in the category of good.  The walk-on catcher and Bertleson look like they can be decent.  But we've got 4 positions where there's no visibility on what we have, if anything.  It's also hard to tell where a real closer is going to come from.  I'm guessing he will try to plug Whelan in that role initially.  I can't remember a team that seemed like more of a question mark.

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I think I might put Ford in the "good" category.  You left out Petrinsky, who might qualify as "good."  Ellis was good in 2018, which means he could be good again, or not.  Todd might be in the fair-plus category.

And Hamilton was great on the field, and speedy, but not really a huge plus offensively.

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24 minutes ago, TwiceHorn said:

I think I might put Ford in the "good" category.  You left out Petrinsky, who might qualify as "good."  Ellis was good in 2018, which means he could be good again, or not.  Todd might be in the fair-plus category.

And Hamilton was great on the field, and speedy, but not really a huge plus offensively.

he was second on the team in batting average in his sophomore year, with a .291and had 31 stolen bases.  His offense was definitely a big plus.  

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I just don't get it....why so many of our players just can't wait to sign a contract to play prof ball, getting drafted so low that you end up making very little, when staying could possibly improve their draft status.....and then you have Vandy players, like Rocker, who obviously could have signed for millions, signing with Vandy.  Seems like we need more players to stick around longer.

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4 hours ago, Cairn Horn88 said:

I just don't get it....why so many of our players just can't wait to sign a contract to play prof ball, getting drafted so low that you end up making very little, when staying could possibly improve their draft status.....and then you have Vandy players, like Rocker, who obviously could have signed for millions, signing with Vandy.  Seems like we need more players to stick around longer.

Yeah. That was one of the reasons I didn’t want Reagan leaving. He was just a freshman, who knows what he would turn in to. Oh well. Hopefully that juco we’re bringing in can play short. 

So can Bertelson play 3rd? Stick him over there, Ford at 2nd, whoever loses out on the catchers job should play first. I guess our outfield is gonna look the exact same next year. Really need Kennedy, Ellis, Todd, DJ and Bertelson to step it up next year or we’re pretty much fucked 

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10 hours ago, TwiceHorn said:

I think I might put Ford in the "good" category.  You left out Petrinsky, who might qualify as "good."  Ellis was good in 2018, which means he could be good again, or not.  Todd might be in the fair-plus category.

And Hamilton was great on the field, and speedy, but not really a huge plus offensively.

Mostly agreed. Hamilton showed tremendous offensive growth his sophomore year, but we've learned that we can't really expect continued development with this staff.

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20 minutes ago, zlavydra said:

Mostly agreed. Hamilton showed tremendous offensive growth his sophomore year, but we've learned that we can't really expect continued development with this staff.

He did improve yes, but I would submit to merely adequate.  Really hard to figure out what's what and who's who comparing 18 to 19.

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David Hamilton @D_Ham27

This obviously wasn't how I saw my junior year going. Sitting out this year was hard. I wanted to make Texas proud.

I can't wait to get my career started with the @Brewers this week, but Longhorn Nation, I'm so honored that I got to be your shortstop.  Hook 'Em forever.

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8:48 PM - Jun 28, 2019

 

Luv the highlighted comment.    Best of Luck,  David !

And this is how highly the Brewers thought of him.

 

Hamilton’s injury did not scare off the Brewers, who declined to select another infielder in the draft’s first 14 rounds.

https://www.hookem.com/2019/06/29/drafted-by-milwaukee-david-hamilton-announces-his-departure-from-texas-baseball-team/

 

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Mixed emotions. 

I like David and have really enjoyed watching him play in Burnt Orange and White. I wish him the best.

I'm frustrated that he almost single-handily wrecked our 2019 season. Without him at SS, we weren't in the top 50 programs in Double Plays Per Game. Of course there were other injuries and a major coaching failure at mid-season too. I'm frustrated that he has now decided not to come back and make amends. If he had returned next year, he would still have had 2 years eligibility remaining, so MLB teams couldn't have squeezed him like they do Seniors with no remaining eligibility.

I guess he and his doctors are in the best position to gauge his recovery. Recovery from this injury and resultant surgery typically takes a year and not all athletes return to pre-injury speed and quickness. If he had doubts, the safe course was to take the money and run. I hope he got more that the $162,700 slot money. I heard he was being offered $400K. If so, he probably made the smart choice. I'll check on MLB Draft Tracker for his signing bonus amount after he has actually signed.

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16 hours ago, bschoolprof said:

Hamilton signs with Brewers. 

 

Son of a pro ball player, groomed and his plan was to be a pro ASAP. Good luck to him.

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1 hour ago, sbmcruise said:

Mixed emotions. 

I like David and have really enjoyed watching him play in Burnt Orange and White. I wish him the best.

I'm frustrated that he almost single-handily wrecked our 2019 season. Without him at SS, we weren't in the top 50 programs in Double Plays Per Game. Of course there were other injuries and a major coaching failure at mid-season too. I'm frustrated that he has now decided not to come back and make amends. If he had returned next year, he would still have had 2 years eligibility remaining, so MLB teams couldn't have squeezed him like they do Seniors with no remaining eligibility.

I guess he and his doctors are in the best position to gauge his recovery. Recovery from this injury and resultant surgery typically takes a year and not all athletes return to pre-injury speed and quickness. If he had doubts, the safe course was to take the money and run. I hope he got more that the $162,700 slot money. I heard he was being offered $400K. If so, he probably made the smart choice. I'll check on MLB Draft Tracker for his signing bonus amount after he has actually signed.

He did not almost single handedly wreck our season. We still would have sucked, just not as much. 

He was wise to take the money imo. I would have advised him to do the same. 

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Good news for Hamilton is as of right now, electronic scooters are prohibited in Milwaukee.  Though, they will very likely be back there before next season.  Obviously Hamilton will have a few seasons in the minors, where I'm quite certainly some of the veterans will be hazing him with myriad scooter pranks.  Part of the grind to the Show.  I enjoyed watching him play and wish him well.  

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CWS Home Run Derby is tonight at 7PM,  ESPN 2.

 

Huston Street will be recognized for his induction into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

 

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Baseball great Huston Street will be inducted into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame on June 29 in Omaha, Neb., the Hall announced Tuesday. Street, along with Eddie Bane (Arizona State), will be recognized in front of the fans at the 10th annual Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans College Home Run Derby and on ESPN2 during the event's live broadcast.

Established in 2013 to celebrate college baseball's rich history, the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame honors the incredible achievements of the players and coaches on college baseball's greatest stage, the College World Series. Inductees are voted on by a panel of college baseball experts that includes former players, coaches and national college baseball media members.

Street is the sixth former Texas player or coach to be inducted into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame, following Augie Garrido, Brooks Kieschnick, Cliff Gustafson, Burt Hooton and Keith Moreland.

https://texassports.com/news/2019/6/25/street-named-to-omaha-college-baseball-hall-of-fame.aspx

 

 

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