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Baseball's freshman class ranked No. 8 by Baseball America

The Longhorns' 2018 class is the top-ranked class in the Big 12 Conference.

AUSTIN, TexasBaseball America today released its 2018 recruiting class rankings, with Texas Baseball coming in at No. 8, the best ranking for a Big 12 Conference program.

The 17-man freshman class is made up of seven right-handed pitchers—Mason Bryant(McCallum HS/Austin, Texas), Coy Cobb (Katy HS/Katy, Texas), Justin Eckhardt (Sealy HS/Sealy Texas), Kolby Kubichek (Bryan HS/Bryan, Texas), Ty Madden(Cypress Ranch HS/Cypress, Texas), Owen Meaney (St. Thomas HS/Houston, Texas), and Jack Neely (Churchill HS/San Antonio, Texas)—along with left-handed pitcher/first baseman Thomas Burbank (Monsignor Kelly HS/Beaumont, Texas), infielders Alec Carr (Kempner HS/Sugar Land, Texas), Lance Ford (Tivy HS/Kerrville, Texas), Peter Geib (Episcopal HS/Houston, Texas), Tanner Haney (Waco HS/Waco, Texas), Greyson Lembcke (Klein HS/Spring, Texas)Bryce Reagan(IMG Academy/Amherst, N.H.); catcher Caston Peter (Stratford HS, Houston, Texas); and outfielders Eric Kennedy (Calvary Christian HS/Tampa, Florida), and Chase Roberts (Oak Ridge HS (Texas)/Kingwood, Texas).

This marks the program's first Top-10 class since 2013. Earlier this week, the class was also ranked No. 9 by Perfect Game.

Texas will open fall practice later this month, with more information on the annual Orange & White Fall World Series to come soon

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Sorry Bear. Was out at dinner. Here  ya go

  1. LSU
  2. Vandy
  3. FSU
  4. Louisville
  5. Florida
  6. UCLA
  7. A&M
  8. Texas
  9. Clemson
  10. Miami
  11. UVA
  12. Miss St
  13. Arizona
  14. USC
  15. Alabama
  16. Fullerton
  17. Auburn
  18. Texas Tech
  19. Florida International
  20. TCU

 

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16 hours ago, Johnstark23 said:

These are the guys that are already on campus. 

Exactly. They’re already enrolled and practicing. 

What will be interesting is where the ten cuts will come from.  Staff has to narrow the roster to 35 for Spring. There will be some difficult decisions. 

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5 hours ago, joeywa said:

Exactly. They’re already enrolled and practicing. 

What will be interesting is where the ten cuts will come from.  Staff has to narrow the roster to 35 for Spring. There will be some difficult decisions. 

So obviously last years scholarship doesn’t guarantee a spot this year based on your post.  Sucks for some of these kids.  Sounds like the oversigning that sec football does, but I guess is standard issue with college baseball.  

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6 hours ago, MikeV73 said:

So obviously last years scholarship doesn’t guarantee a spot this year based on your post.  Sucks for some of these kids.  Sounds like the oversigning that sec football does, but I guess is standard issue with college baseball.  

Generally speaking, as a player gets older, the amount of the scholarship declines. 

The NCAA rule for D1 is that there are 11.7 scholarships for baseball. The minimum you can offer is 25%. Again, this is only athletic money. If the student qualifies for academic monies or grants, that is totally separate. 

So the staff has to juggle this 11.7 number every year. Usually they need some of it to attract top freshmen. So that has to come from somewhere. Whether it’s from players that let left for the draft or from current roster players it comes from the “pool.”

 

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20 hours ago, joeywa said:

Generally speaking, as a player gets older, the amount of the scholarship declines. 

The NCAA rule for D1 is that there are 11.7 scholarships for baseball. The minimum you can offer is 25%. Again, this is only athletic money. If the student qualifies for academic monies or grants, that is totally separate. 

So the staff has to juggle this 11.7 number every year. Usually they need some of it to attract top freshmen. So that has to come from somewhere. Whether it’s from players that let left for the draft or from current roster players it comes from the “pool.”

 

So how many “walk-on” or non-scholarship players can they roster?  How many players total on the roster?

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7 hours ago, MikeV73 said:

So how many “walk-on” or non-scholarship players can they roster?  How many players total on the roster?

35 is the official number once spring semester kicks in  

In theory, they could award 11 full scholarships and .7 scholarship to 12 players, and the remainder would be non-scholarship. Additionally, certain pieces are in place where a student athlete may count against your scholarship total if they are injured. I’d have to get some clarification on that piece, but it has happened recently. 

There is no limit to the number of “walk ons” or “non scholarship” players. They don’t have to offer any of the 11.7 available if they don’t want to. That is not really much of a plan for success though. 

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7 hours ago, Bear19 said:

B)Joeywa

Looks like some indoor training facilities. Can you run it down. All that is going to be added. Anything to the stadium itself such as more seating or concessions etc.

Dos XX vendors?B)

The Dos XX world’s most interesting man will be staffing the beer kiosk on game days.

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10 hours ago, Bear19 said:

B)Joeywa

Looks like some indoor training facilities. Can you run it down. All that is going to be added. Anything to the stadium itself such as more seating or concessions etc.

Dos XX vendors?B)

Not sure about the Dos XX vendors, but the training facility will be state of the art. It will have many of the same things that MLB training facilities have from a technology standpoint. There will be a pitching lab that will incorporate analytical technology to help the pitchers and coaching staff in development.  Wordnis there are plans for at least three pitching lanes for Ps & Cs to work bullpens. There will be an adjustable hitting/multi-purpose area with divider netting that can be moved around to accommodate light fielding work or hitting tunnels.  Additionally there are plans to have a new strength & conditioning area in there.  The coaching staff sent folks up to the PacNW earlier this summer to see what the Mariners and Driveline Academy are doing with technology to assist in player development.  Texas will likely use technology such as HitTrax, Trackman & Raspodo in this new facility.  All of these things should help Texas further sell the program and facilities to potential recruits.  One thing that I hear on a regular basis is when players leave Texas for the pro ranks, they say “we had it so great at UT.  The equipment, the fields, the gear, everything was top notch.  The minors are so different.”  This new facility will hopefully emphasize the value of coming to UT instead of jumping right from HS to the draft.  

It will be a beautiful facility when it’s completed  

 

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