Courtesy of UT Athletics:
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AUSTIN, Texas â€“ Texas infielder C.J Hinojosa and outfielder Ben Johnson, who were both selected in the 11th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday, will sign professional contracts and forgo their senior seasons.
The 336th overall pick by the San Francisco Giants, Hinojosa was a three-year starter at shortstop who batted .283 in 172 games.
â€œI would like to thank my teammates, coaches and everyone at Texas as I could never replace the last three years on the Forty Acres,â€ said Hinojosa. â€œThe memories we made will stay with me for the rest of my life, but with that being said I think it is time for me to pursue my dreams of becoming a professional baseball player and forgo my senior year at The University of Texas.â€
Johnson, taken 339th overall by the Kansas City Royals, was a first team All-Big 12 selection this past season. The Austin native led the team in seven offensive categories including batting average (.332) and slugging (.498).
â€œI canâ€™t thank Coach Garrido enough for giving me the opportunity to play for the greatest college baseball program of all time, Tommy Nicholson and Ryan Russ for spending countless hours with me in the batting cage, and Skip Johnson for recruiting me out of high school,â€ said Johnson. â€œThis has truly been an unbelievable experience to be able to wear the Burnt Orange and play for The University of Texas. Iâ€™m so excited to start this next chapter in my life.â€