By the conclusion of the 2019 MLB Draft, David Pierce and Texas Baseball experienced pretty much what was expected going in, the loss of one of their prized recruits and a couple of current players taken. That's the good news. The bad news is, one of the current players drafted was David Hamilton. Taken in the 8th round by the Milwaukee Brewers, there is very little thought that he will return to the 40 Acres for his senior season. Following a season-ending Achilles injury, there were questions about where scouts would have him ranked, and whether they'd take a flyer on him after being out of the game for an entire season. Milwaukee answered that question, and reportedly has offered him well above slot to sign. Word is he will sign. Now, with the departure of Masen Hibbeler, (graduated,) Bryce Reagan, (entered the transfer portal,) and Hamilton, the Longhorns will have to do some work finding an immediate replacement at SS. Pencil in late-season signee Camryn Williams, (San Jacinto Junior College) as the odds-on favorite. There are younger options with some of the new recruits, but he will come in with collegiate experience and a reportedly solid work ethic.
On to the other draftees.
Texas' highest draftee was Longhorn signee Brett Baty (Lake Travis HS.) He was taken 12th overall by the NY Mets. Expected to go somewhere in the top 15-20, this was no surprise. The young man is a serious stick. I spoke with a friend of mine who is a Mets scout and he couldn't be happier. Said what we all know, "Really a good looking hitter."
Texas players had to wait until Day two for any other Longhorns to be selected.
Blair Henley went in the 7th round to Houston
David Hamilton went in the 8th round to Milwaukee
Ryan Reynolds went in the 14th round to the Chicago Cubs
Texas recruit Jared Southard (RHP-Leander Rouse) was selected in the 20th round by the Angels. (Jared's dad and Jared have both said he is coming to Texas and will not sign.)
Texas recruit Silas Ardoin (C-Sam Houston HS-LA) was taken in the 36th round by Colorado. Highly unlikely he signs.
Texas recruit Trey Faltine (SS/P-Travis HS) was taken in the 39th round by Boston. Trey has already tweeted out that he's coming to Texas.
Draft eligible guys not taken were Duke Ellis, Austin Todd and Zach Zubia.
Now we wait until July 15th to see if any of the players above change their minds. Obvioiusly Baty is gone. I see Henley and Hamilton as gone. Reynolds will likely move forward as well.
Overall, the draft did not hit Texas as hard as it has in the past. Now Pierce needs to fill some holes. This team will have some tremendous talent arriving this summer. There will be plenty of youth next season, several who are not afraid of a little leadership and will bring with them a competitive nature.