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MLB Draft Today-Horns impact (Updated with draft positions/teams)


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The MLB Draft is now underway. 

 

 

Current UT Players to Watch

(Draft position & team in blue)

  • Morgan Cooper RHP #62 LA Dodgers
  • Nick Kennedy LHP #146 CO Rockies
  • Kyle Johnston RHP #193 WA Nationals
  • Brett Boswell INF #236 CO Rockies
  • Beau Ridgeway RHP
  • Tyler Schimpf RHP
  • Patrick Mathis OF
  • Travis Jones OF
  • Michael Cantu C
  • Kody Clemens INF

Graduating Longhorns to watch

  • Kacy Clemens IF #249 TOR Blue Jays
  • Zane Gurwitz OF/INF
  • Jon Malmin LHP

 

Longhorn Commits to watch

  • Tristen Lutz OF (HS)-Likely gone #34 MIL Brewers
  • Landon Leach RHP (HS)-Likely gone #37 MIN Twins
  • Kamron Fields OF/RHP (HS)
  • Donny Diaz RHP (JUCO)
  • Blake Pflughaupt LHP (JUCO)
  • Matteo Bocchi RHP (JUCO)
  • Chris Fearon RHP (JUCO)
  • Brandon Ivey LHP (JUCO)
  • Cole Quintanilla RHP (HS)
  • Tristan Stevens RHP (JUCO)
  • Turner Gaunt INF (HS)
  • Masen Hibbeler INF (JUCO)
  • Bennett Inoff INF (HS)
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2017 Longhorn commit Tristen Lutz is probably going to sign with the Brewers as the #34 pick

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Another Longhorn commit, Landon Leach taken with the #37 pick by the Twins, first pick of Round 2.  I'd anticipate he is headed to the Bigs as well.

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All part of the process.  I honestly hope all our guys get drafted.  It speaks volumes for the program and makes Texas a school that players want to attend and play for.  Not that Texas isn't already, but it certainly helps.   Especially after a few down years, to be able to show that guys that play here have a good chance at playing at the next level is a great thing.

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Cooper to the Dodgers!  Congrats kid! 

 

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Kacy taken in the 8th round, 249th, by the Blue Jays.

 

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Thru 2 days and 10 rounds, the following current Texas players (with eligibility,) and recruits have not been drafted:

  • Beau Ridgeway RHP
  • Travis Jones OF
  • Michael Cantu C
  • Kody Clemens INF
  • Donny Diaz RHP (JUCO)
  • Blake Pflughaupt LHP (JUCO)
  • Matteo Bocchi RHP (JUCO)
  • Chris Fearon RHP (JUCO)
  • Brandon Ivey LHP (JUCO)
  • Cole Quintanilla RHP (HS)
  • Tristan Stevens RHP (JUCO)
  • Turner Gaunt INF (HS)
  • Masen Hibbeler INF (JUCO)
  • Bennett Inoff INF (HS)

 

Not saying they couldn't be taken in the late rounds that remain, but the money isn't there, and some of these guys would more than likely return (or head to campus) to try and better their spots for next year. 

 

Of those drafted, I expect all to sign with their respective drafting clubs.  Kennedy is the only one up in the air, even though he was taken highest of the current players not named Morgan Cooper.  His upside as a lefty could be capitalized on with a big year at UT.  Obviously this is something he and his family are likely discussing at length. 

 

 

 

For recap purposes:

 

Current UT Players to Watch

(Draft position & team in blue)

  • Morgan Cooper RHP #62 LA Dodgers
  • Nick Kennedy LHP #146 CO Rockies
  • Kyle Johnston RHP #193 WA Nationals
  • Brett Boswell INF #236 CO Rockies
  • Tyler Schimpf RHP #396 SF Giants
  • Beau Ridgeway RHP
  • Patrick Mathis OF #661 HOU Astros
  • Travis Jones OF
  • Michael Cantu C
  • Kody Clemens INF

Graduating Longhorns to watch

  • Kacy Clemens IF #249 TOR Blue Jays
  • Zane Gurwitz OF/INF
  • Jon Malmin LHP

 

Longhorn Commits to watch

  • Tristen Lutz OF (HS)-Likely gone #34 MIL Brewers
  • Landon Leach RHP (HS)-Likely gone #37 MIN Twins
  • Kamron Fields OF/RHP (HS)
  • Donny Diaz RHP (JUCO)
  • Blake Pflughaupt LHP (JUCO)
  • Matteo Bocchi RHP (JUCO)
  • Chris Fearon RHP (JUCO)
  • Brandon Ivey LHP (JUCO)
  • Cole Quintanilla RHP (HS)
  • Tristan Stevens RHP (JUCO)
  • Turner Gaunt INF (HS)
  • Masen Hibbeler INF (JUCO)
  • Bennett Inoff INF (HS)
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Patrick Mathis just taken by the Astros at #661

 

Congrats to Patrick.  I think he may come back to UT and try to improve his stock. 

 

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Connor Mayes taken #720 by the KC Royals.

 

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Gurwitz taken by the Angels at #775

 

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Horns JUCO signee Blake Plughaupt taken #799 by the Rays.

 

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Travis Jones taken #870 by the Royals

 

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Jon Malmin goes #925 to the Angels

 

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Let's do a quick recap:

 

(Draft position & team in blue)

 

Underclassmen draft eligible

  • Morgan Cooper RHP #62 LA Dodgers
  • Nick Kennedy LHP #146 CO Rockies
  • Kyle Johnston RHP #193 WA Nationals
  • Brett Boswell INF #236 CO Rockies
  • Tyler Schimpf RHP #396 SF Giants
  • Patrick Mathis OF #661 HOU Astros
  • Connor Mayes RHP #720 KC Royals
  • Travis Jones OF #870 KC Royals
  • Beau Ridgeway RHP UNDRAFTED
  • Michael Cantu C UNDRAFTED
  • Kody Clemens INF UNDRAFTED

Graduating Longhorns to watch

  • Kacy Clemens IF #249 TOR Blue Jays
  • Zane Gurwitz OF/INF #775 LA Angels
  • Jon Malmin LHP #929 LA Angels

 

Longhorn Commits to watch

  • Tristen Lutz OF (HS)-Likely gone #34 MIL Brewers
  • Landon Leach RHP (HS)-Likely gone #37 MIN Twins
  • Blake Pflughaupt LHP (JUCO) #799 TB Rays
  • Donny Diaz RHP (JUCO) #701 BO Redsox
  • Kamron Fields OF/RHP (HS) UNDRAFTED
  • Matteo Bocchi RHP (JUCO) UNDRAFTED
  • Chris Fearon RHP (JUCO) UNDRAFTED
  • Brandon Ivey LHP (JUCO) UNDRAFTED
  • Cole Quintanilla RHP (HS) UNDRAFTED
  • Tristan Stevens RHP (JUCO) UNDRAFTED
  • Turner Gaunt INF (HS) UNDRAFTED
  • Masen Hibbeler INF (JUCO) UNDRAFTED
  • Bennett Inoff INF (HS) UNDRAFTED

 

What this all means

  • Texas had 11 players from this year's team drafted.  This ties the most that the Horns have had drafted since 2007, when they had 11 drafted.  Of those 11 in 07, 9 inked contracts, 2 came back.
  • Texas will lose commits Lutz and Leach to the Brewers and Twins.
  • Cooper, Kennedy, Johnston, Boswell and Schimpf are all very likely gone. 
  • Mathis is still up in the air, although word is that he may be leaning towards signing with the Astros.
  • Mayes is also a question mark on returning. (EDIT: Word now is that he will sign)
  • My guess is that Travis Jones comes back, and JUCO LHP Pflughaupt & RHP Diaz come to Texas for next season.

 

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