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  1. Coach Gus suffered a heart attack this morning. He is at Ascension Seton getting care. He is currently in stable condition and being treated for pulmonary edema. Please keep Coach and his family & friends in your thoughts and prayers. Gus is 89 years old, the winningest coach in Texas Baseball history and an all around great guy. HookEm #18
  2. As reported by Jeff Howe: https://twitter.com/JeffHowe247/status/1274065770314706944?s
  3. Good afternoon Seamheads. Tonight the Horns take on Boise State at the Disch. This is the first time Boise State has played a baseball game in 1980. They have revived their program and open up play against a hot Texas team. We'll have all angles covered, from PBP on Twitter, game updates here and a recap by Austin Stevens after things conclude. Feel free to join in and discuss your thoughts. HookEm!
  4. Happy Saturday, Seamheads Game 2 of the opening weekend series is here and your game thread for chatter is right here.
  5. Happy Saturday, Seamheads. Time for another season of UT Baseball, kicking off today with the Alumni Game. I'll post here during the game and will be doing play-by-play on Twitter.
  6. 01.23.2020 | Baseball Baseball Alumni Game set for Feb. 1 Fan Appreciation Day runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon and the Alumni Game starts at 3:30 p.m. AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Baseball is set to host its Annual Fan Appreciation Day and Alumni Game on Saturday, February 1, at 3:30 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Fan Appreciation festivities get started at 10:30 a.m. and the Alumni Game follows with a 3:30 p.m. first pitch. Gates will open at 10 a.m. and fans can begin lining up for the autograph session inside the newly opened J. Dan Brown Player Development Center. Following the autograph session, kids will have the opportunity to run the bases starting at 11 a.m. The stadium will be cleared at noon and re-open to the public beginning at 1:30 p.m. Parking will be free in the East Campus Garage for all fans. Season schedule posters and a 2020 Texas Baseball pennant provided by UFCU will available for autographs (while supplies last). Due to NCAA compliance issues, outside items may not be brought in for autographs. Any item provided by Texas Athletics is for personal use only and is not intended for sale.
 The alumni are expected to play four innings with current Texas Baseball players pitching for both sides. The final innings will consist of current Texas Baseball players facing off in intrasquad action. Also note, not all alumni present in uniform at UFCU Disch-Falk Field will participate in gameplay. The annual Alumni Game is televised by the Longhorn Network beginning at 3:30 p.m. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (subject to change) 10:00 a.m.: Gates open 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Autograph session inside J. Dan Brown Family Player Development Center 11:30 a.m.: Kids run the bases Noon: Fan Appreciation festivities end and stadium cleared 1:30 p.m.: Gates re-open 1:40 p.m.: Texas batting practice 2:25 p.m.: Alumni batting practice 3:00 p.m.: Texas infield 3:20 p.m.: Alumni introductions 3:30 p.m.: First Pitch ACTIVE ALUMNI IN ATTENDANCE (subject to change) Tres Barrera (catcher, Washington Nationals) Kacy Clemens (first base, Toronto Blue Jays) Kody Clemens (second base, Detroit Tigers) Ty Culbreth (pitcher, Colorado Rockies) Zane Gurwitz (infielder, Los Angeles Angels) Blair Henley (pitcher, Houston Astros) Travis Jones (infielder, Kansas City Royals) Andy McGuire (pitcher/utility, Toronto Blue Jays) Mark Payton (outfielder, Oakland Athletics) Ryan Reynolds (infielder, Chicago Cubs) Parker Joe Robinson (pitcher, Los Angeles Angels) Chase Shugart (pitcher, Boston Red Sox)
  7. 2020 IF from Strake Jesuit HS Good speed and athletic kid. Had a very impressive Area Code tryout in Dallas recently
  8. Official release from UT Huston Street joins baseball as student assistant Longhorn great and 13-year Major League Baseball veteran set to join the baseball staff. 08.15.2019 AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Baseball head coach David Pierce has announced that 13-year Major League Baseball veteran and former Longhorn great Huston Street will join the Longhorns staff as a student assistant. "Huston Street has a passion for The University of Texas, especially Texas Baseball, and will be an asset for the program in many capacities during the 2020 season," Pierce said. "Obviously Huston has exhausted his eligibility but he is planning to return to campus to complete his degree and give back to the program that he helped win a National Championship. He loves competition, has so much to offer and his presence will be awesome for our players. The bottom line is he's a winner." Street played 13 MLB seasons for the Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angels. Selected with the 40th pick in the 2004 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics, Street quickly made his mark on the major league level by winning the 2005 AL Rookie of the Year award. He pitched in 668 major league games, amassing 324 career saves, and was a two-time All-Star. A three-time All-American at Texas and the MVP of the 2002 College World Series, Street holds the Longhorn and College World Series records for career saves. He finished his Longhorn career with 41 saves and a 1.31 ERA, the second best in program history. He is the all-time College World Series leader in saves with five, and set the single-series record of four in 2002. From 2009-11, Street and new Longhorn assistant coach Troy Tulowitzki were teammates with the Colorado Rockies. Street is a member of the Texas Athletics Hall of Honor and the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame.
  9. New UT Baseball Volunteer Assistant Coach Troy Tulowitzki and Coach Pierce make an appearance at UT football practice today. I really like the support that each of the coaches and programs give to one another.
  10. 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.
  11. Some of you have asked about the dynamics of the MLB Amateur Draft, and to be honest, it's a complicated thing to understand. In perusing Twitter this morning, Dustin McComas from Orangebloods tweeted this out. Kiley McDaniel has put together a nice piece on both the projected draft order of the top 41 picks, as well as the projected slot values of each pick. I'll link these below. I hope this helps. Maybe @Donald J Boyles will chime in and offer his thoughts on this as well. If you're interested in how the draft affects college recruiting of big-time HS players, this is a great read. 2019 MLB Draft Signing Bonus Pool and Pick Values by Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel April 3, 2019 We got a hold of the bonus slot values and, it follows, each team’s total pool amount for the upcoming 2019 MLB Draft. The PDF we acquired from an industry source was missing Washington’s comp pick for Bryce Harper at 138 overall, so we added that and manually recalculated each team’s pool total (which were incorrect on the PDF because of this missing pick). (Update: After receiving additional clarification, it appears that Washington will not receive a comp pick for Harper; the pick that would have received as Harper compensation became the pick they gave up to sign Patrick Corbin.) What follows is, first, the total draft bonus pool amounts for all thirty teams, followed by the individual slot values for each pick in the first ten rounds of the draft. Picks labeled “COMP” are compensatory selections for players lost via free agency or from last year’s unsigned draft picks. Picks labeled “CBA” or “CBB” are competitive balance picks (rounds A and allocated to teams in the spirit of parity. These can be traded, and several have been. In both the compensatory and traded competitive balance picks, we note the players for which the picks were received. The tables here will be updated if competitive balance picks change hands or if teams receive comp for a yet-to-sign free agent who received a qualifying offer, like Dallas Keuchel or Craig Kimbrel. 2019 Draft Bonus Pools Team Aggregate Bonus Pool ARI $16,093,700 BAL $13,821,300 KC $13,108,000 MIA $13,045,000 CWS $11,565,500 ATL $11,532,200 TEX $11,023,100 SD $10,758,900 DET $10,402,500 TB $10,333,800 PIT $9,944,000 MIN $9,905,800 CIN $9,528,600 SF $8,714,500 TOR $8,463,300 NYM $8,224,600 LAD $8,069,100 LAA $7,608,700 SEA $7,559,000 NYY $7,455,300 COL $7,092,300 STL $6,903,500 PHI $6,475,800 CLE $6,148,100 WSH $5,979,600 CHI $5,826,900 OAK $5,605,900 HOU $5,355,100 MIL $5,148,200 BOS $4,788,100 2019 Draft Signing Bonus Slot Values Overall Pick Round Team Slot Amount 1 1 BAL $8,415,300 2 1 KC $7,789,900 3 1 CWS $7,221,200 4 1 MIA $6,664,000 5 1 DET $6,180,700 6 1 SD $5,742,900 7 1 CIN $5,432,400 8 1 TEX $5,176,900 9 COMP (Carter Stewart) ATL $4,949,100 10 1 SF $4,739,900 11 1 TOR $4,547,500 12 1 NYM $4,366,400 13 1 MIN $4,197,300 14 1 PHI $4,036,800 15 1 LAA $3,885,800 16 1 ARI $3,745,500 17 1 WSH $3,609,700 18 1 PIT $3,481,300 19 1 STL $3,359,000 20 1 SEA $3,242,900 21 1 ATL $3,132,300 22 1 TB $3,027,000 23 1 COL $2,926,800 24 1 CLE $2,831,300 25 1 LAD $2,740,300 26 COMP (Matt McLain) ARI $2,653,400 27 1 CHI $2,570,100 28 1 MIL $2,493,900 29 1 OAK $2,424,600 30 1 NYY $2,365,500 31 COMP (J.T. Ginn) LAD $2,312,000 32 1 HOU $2,257,300 33 COMP (Patrick Corbin) ARI $2,202,200 34 COMP (A.J. Pollock) ARI $2,148,100 35 CBA MIA $2,095,800 36 CBA TB $2,045,400 37 COMP (Gunnar Hoglund) PIT $1,999,300 38 CBA (via CIN, Sonny Gray trade) NYY $1,952,300 39 CBA MIN $1,906,800 40 CBA (via OAK, Jurikson Profar trade) TB $1,856,700 41 CBA (via MIL, Alex Claudio trade) TEX $1,813,500 42 2 BAL $1,771,100 43 1 (tax threshold penalty) BOS $1,729,800 44 2 KC $1,689,500 45 2 CWS $1,650,200 46 2 MIA $1,617,400 47 2 DET $1,580,200 48 2 SD $1,543,600 49 2 CIN $1,507,600 50 2 TEX $1,469,900 51 2 SF $1,436,900 52 2 TOR $1,403,200 53 2 NYM $1,370,400 54 2 MIN $1,338,500 55 2 LAA $1,307,000 56 2 ARI $1,276,400 57 2 PIT $1,243,600 58 2 STL $1,214,300 59 2 SEA $1,185,500 60 2 ATL $1,157,400 61 2 TB $1,129,700 62 2 COL $1,102,700 63 2 CLE $1,076,300 64 2 CHI $1,050,300 65 2 MIL $1,025,100 66 2 OAK $1,003,300 67 2 NYY $976,700 68 2 HOU $953,100 69 2 BOS $929,800 70 CBB KC $906,800 71 CBB BAL $884,200 72 CBB PIT $870,700 73 CBB SD $857,400 74 CBB ARI $844,200 75 CBB (via STL, Paul Goldschmidt trade) ARI $831,100 76 CBB (via CLE, Carlos Santana trade) SEA $818,200 77 CBB COL $805,600 78 COMP (Yasmani Grandal) LAD $793,000 79 3 BAL $780,400 80 3 KC $767,800 81 3 CWS $755,300 82 3 MIA $744,200 83 3 DET $733,100 84 3 SD $721,900 85 3 CIN $710,700 86 3 TEX $699,700 87 3 SF $689,300 88 3 TOR $678,600 89 3 NYM $667,900 90 3 MIN $657,600 91 3 PHI $647,300 92 3 LAA $637,600 93 3 ARI $627,900 94 3 WSH $618,200 95 3 PIT $610,800 96 3 STL $604,800 97 3 SEA $599,100 98 3 ATL $593,100 99 3 TB $587,400 100 3 COL $581,600 101 3 CLE $577,000 102 3 LAD $571,400 103 3 CHI $565,600 104 3 OAK $560,000 105 3 NYY $554,300 106 3 HOU $549,000 107 3 BOS $543,500 108 4 BAL $538,200 109 4 KC $533,000 110 4 CWS $527,800 111 4 MIA $522,600 112 4 DET $517,400 113 4 SD $512,400 114 4 CIN $507,400 115 4 TEX $502,300 116 4 SF $497,500 117 4 TOR $492,700 118 4 NYM $487,900 119 4 MIN $483,000 120 4 PHI $478,300 121 4 LAA $473,700 122 4 ARI $469,000 123 4 WSH $464,500 124 4 PIT $460,000 125 4 STL $455,600 126 4 SEA $451,800 127 4 ATL $447,400 128 4 TB $442,900 129 4 COL $438,700 130 4 CLE $434,300 131 4 LAD $430,800 132 4 CHI $426,600 133 4 MIL $422,300 134 4 OAK $418,200 135 4 NYY $414,000 136 4 HOU $410,100 137 4 BOS $406,000 138 5 BAL $402,000 139 5 KC $398,000 140 5 CWS $394,300 141 5 MIA $390,400 142 5 DET $386,600 143 5 SD $382,700 144 5 CIN $379,000 145 5 TEX $375,200 146 5 SF $371,600 147 5 TOR $367,900 148 5 NYM $364,400 149 5 MIN $360,800 150 5 PHI $357,100 151 5 LAA $353,700 152 5 ARI $350,300 153 5 WSH $346,800 154 5 PIT $343,400 155 5 STL $340,000 156 5 SEA $336,600 157 5 ATL $333,300 158 5 TB $330,100 159 5 COL $327,200 160 5 CLE $324,100 161 5 LAD $321,100 162 5 CHI $318,200 163 5 MIL $315,400 164 5 OAK $312,400 165 5 NYY $309,500 166 5 HOU $306,800 167 5 BOS $304,200 168 6 BAL $301,600 169 6 KC $299,000 170 6 CWS $296,400 171 6 MIA $293,800 172 6 DET $291,400 173 6 SD $289,000 174 6 CIN $286,500 175 6 TEX $284,200 176 6 SF $281,800 177 6 TOR $279,500 178 6 NYM $277,100 179 6 MIN $274,800 180 6 PHI $272,500 181 6 LAA $270,300 182 6 ARI $268,200 183 6 WSH $266,000 184 6 PIT $263,700 185 6 STL $261,600 186 6 SEA $259,400 187 6 ATL $257,400 188 6 TB $255,300 189 6 COL $253,300 190 6 CLE $251,100 191 6 LAD $249,000 192 6 CHI $247,000 193 6 MIL $244,900 194 6 OAK $243,000 195 6 NYY $241,000 196 6 HOU $239,000 197 6 BOS $237,000 198 7 BAL $235,100 199 7 KC $233,000 200 7 CWS $231,100 201 7 MIA $229,700 202 7 DET $227,700 203 7 SD $225,800 204 7 CIN $224,000 205 7 TEX $222,100 206 7 SF $220,200 207 7 TOR $218,500 208 7 NYM $216,600 209 7 MIN $214,900 210 7 PHI $213,300 211 7 LAA $211,500 212 7 ARI $209,800 213 7 WSH $208,200 214 7 PIT $206,500 215 7 STL $204,800 216 7 SEA $203,400 217 7 ATL $201,600 218 7 TB $200,100 219 7 COL $198,500 220 7 CLE $197,300 221 7 LAD $195,700 222 7 CHI $194,400 223 7 MIL $192,900 224 7 OAK $191,500 225 7 NYY $190,100 226 7 HOU $188,900 227 7 BOS $187,700 228 8 BAL $186,300 229 8 KC $184,700 230 8 CWS $183,700 231 8 MIA $182,300 232 8 DET $181,200 233 8 SD $179,800 234 8 CIN $178,600 235 8 TEX $177,400 236 8 SF $176,300 237 8 TOR $175,000 238 8 NYM $174,000 239 8 MIN $173,000 240 8 PHI $172,100 241 8 LAA $171,200 242 8 ARI $170,300 243 8 WSH $169,500 244 8 PIT $168,500 245 8 STL $167,800 246 8 SEA $167,000 247 8 ATL $166,100 248 8 TB $165,400 249 8 COL $164,700 250 8 CLE $163,900 251 8 LAD $163,400 252 8 CHI $162,700 253 8 MIL $162,000 254 8 OAK $161,400 255 8 NYY $160,800 256 8 HOU $160,300 257 8 BOS $159,700 258 9 BAL $159,200 259 9 KC $158,600 260 9 CWS $158,100 261 9 MIA $157,600 262 9 DET $157,200 263 9 SD $156,600 264 9 CIN $156,100 265 9 TEX $155,800 266 9 SF $155,300 267 9 TOR $154,900 268 9 NYM $154,600 269 9 MIN $154,100 270 9 PHI $153,600 271 9 LAA $153,300 272 9 ARI $152,900 273 9 WSH $152,600 274 9 PIT $152,300 275 9 STL $152,000 276 9 SEA $151,600 277 9 ATL $151,300 278 9 TB $150,800 279 9 COL $150,500 280 9 CLE $150,300 281 9 LAD $150,100 282 9 CHI $149,800 283 9 MIL $149,500 284 9 OAK $149,300 285 9 NYY $148,900 286 9 HOU $148,400 287 9 BOS $148,200 288 10 BAL $147,900 289 10 KC $147,700 290 10 CWS $147,400 291 10 MIA $147,200 292 10 DET $147,000 293 10 SD $146,800 294 10 CIN $146,300 295 10 TEX $146,100 296 10 SF $145,700 297 10 TOR $145,500 298 10 NYM $145,300 299 10 MIN $145,000 300 10 PHI $144,800 301 10 LAA $144,600 302 10 ARI $144,400 303 10 WSH $144,100 304 10 PIT $143,900 305 10 STL $143,600 306 10 SEA $143,500 307 10 ATL $143,200 308 10 TB $143,000 309 10 COL $142,700 310 10 CLE $142,500 311 10 LAD $142,300 312 10 CHI $142,200 313 10 MIL $142,200 314 10 OAK $142,200 315 10 NYY $142,200 316 10 HOU $142,200 317 10 BOS $142,200 Mock Draft 2.0 by Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel May 14, 2019 Since our last effort to project the top 10 picks in this year’s draft, things have come into greater focus in the top half of the first round, though it’s still hazy beyond that even to the clubs picking in the back half of the round. For those picks, what you’ll read here is more a product of partial intel and tendencies. We also have a good sense of the high-end prep players who may end up going to college, and the team/player that may define the top of the draft. For reference, here are the bonus pool amounts and slot values. 1. Orioles – Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State We’re sticking with Rutschman here, but other teams still think there’s a chance new GM Mike Elias will, as he did with Houston, find a way to make an underslot deal with this pick to acquire more talent later. Cal 1B Andrew Vaughn may be emerging as a fit for this, if the Orioles are uncomfortable with Rutschman’s medical (he had a lower leg bruise, and back and shoulder soreness in 2018, and a shoulder injury prevented him from playing quarterback during his sophomore year of high school) or if they think the bonus he’ll command will undercut the rest of their class. As you’ll see below, Vaughn slides in this scenario. You could argue Vaughn belongs in a tier of his own behind Rutschman, so signing him for the slot value of pick four or five could mean reallocating as much as $3 million to other picks, which could be a very attractive option for Baltimore. Early rumors that Georgia high school SS C.J. Abrams would be an option for this type of sequence seem to have died. 2. Royals – Bobby Witt, Jr., SS, Colleyville Heritage HS (TX) It sounds like Kansas City’s options are Rutschman or Witt at this pick. 3. White Sox – C.J. Abrams, SS, Blessed Trinity HS (GA) Vaughn seemed tailor made for the White Sox here given how talented he is, and Chicago’s recent preference for college bats with high picks, but Abrams seems to be in the lead now. Sources have told us that heavy-hitting White Sox personnel have seen Abrams a combined five or six times recently. Since Abrams would likely slide to the sixth pick if he doesn’t go third, there may be some pool money saved here (about $1.5 million based on the gap in slot between this pick and the sixth). That money would go a long ways toward tempting another mid-first round, high-upside prep talent to the White Sox next pick at 45, as the savings plus their overage would be a late-teen’s value slot. 4. Marlins – J.J. Bleday, RF, Vanderbilt The Marlins seem like they would take Bleday if things play out this way. New scouting director D.J. Svihlik coached him at Vanderbilt. The rumor in scouting circles is that Derek Jeter likes Abrams, but the shortstop isn’t available in this scenario and Jeter isn’t expected to assert himself in the draft. Texas prep 3B Brett Baty is the rumored underslot option here. 5. Tigers – Andrew Vaughn, 1B, Cal Here is where things get really interesting. The Tigers have been locked in on Riley Greene all spring, and many expect him to be the pick here regardless of who else is on the board. But with the recent development that Vaughn could possibly get to their pick, it’s unclear where Detroit stands on him. They had personnel with an Edgertronic camera at Cal’s recent road series at Arizona, so they didn’t just assume he’d be gone by this point. He would at least get a long look here. The Andrew Vaughn Scenarios If Detroit opts for Greene, then where does Vaughn, arguably one of the best college hitters of all time, fall? Except for Texas, who may end up locked in an underslot deal, the next several teams are all NL clubs with big names at first base — San Diego (Eric Hosmer, Josh Naylor), Cincinnati (Joey Votto), Atlanta (Freddie Freeman, Austin Riley) and San Francisco (Brandon Belt, Buster Posey) — and we’re not sure how that might impact how teams value a likely quick-moving Vaughn. We tend to think someone would just realize he’s a great value and take him anyway. The string of NL teams with several good and/or highly-paid first base options certainly isn’t helpful, and possibly unlucky for Vaughn, though you could argue this is the sort of scenario that makes it more likely he goes No. 1. Vaughn had a dry spell earlier in the year as Cal played LSU and began PAC 12 play, but he’s hit in 17 of his last 18 games, batting .418 during that span, despite being pitched around in ways that have impacted his power output. 6. Padres – Riley Greene, RF, Hagerty HS (FL) GM A.J. Preller was seen at Abrams and Bleday games last week while he was in the southeast for draft meetings, and each would seem to be in play if they are still here. We think any of the first six hitters we have mocked here would be the favorite to go in a mix that also includes Arizona State OF Hunter Bishop, TCU LHP Nick Lodolo, and Kentucky LHP Zack Thompson, who have all been scouted heavily by the Padres down the stretch. 7. Reds – Nick Lodolo, LHP, TCU The Reds are believed to be looking for a college player, ideally a bat, but have been connected mostly to the bats going ahead of them. We think they would take Vaughn if he got here, but we aren’t sure. In this scenario, they get their pick from among of all the pitching, and while Lodolo hasn’t been as good of late, he’s still seen as the favorite to go off the board first among the college arms. 8. Rangers – Brett Baty, 3B, Lake Travis HS (TX) For over a month, Texas has been rumored to be looking underslot here and we’ve heard three names, presented here in the order of their likelihood to be the choice: Baty, Texas JC RHP Jackson Rutledge, and Tulane 3B Kody Hoese. Baty is from a high school in Austin and is a trendy underslot target for clubs in the top 10 as he checks all the boxes of a Nolan Gorman or Austin Riley, but he’s 19.6 on draft day. We have the Rangers taking Baty’s prep teammate Jimmy Lewis with their next pick, following the blueprint of the Blue Jays taking Texas high school teammates last year (Jordan Groshans and Adam Kloffenstein from Magnolia HS). The Rangers may get a hometown discount if they did this, along with having extra money to spend at later picks. 9. Braves – Hunter Bishop, LF, Arizona State The Braves have been tied to a number of players that go ahead of them here, with Bishop the last one among them. They may opt for a pitcher if Bishop goes seventh or eighth. 10. Giants – Bryson Stott, SS, UNLV Missouri OF Kameron Misner is getting a long look by the Giants, but likely goes about a dozen picks later. They’re taking a long look at the pitching, with West Virginia RHP Alek Manoah believed to be their top option of the available arms. This is the spot in the draft where the Giants could have a final group of 3-4 players, with one of them going in the mid-20s because opinions vary much more team-to-team after the top tier of guys. The Giants have been tied to Stott for a while. He is often compared to Brandon Crawford (more for his build and bat; he’s not that level of defender), and fits the various tendencies of new GM Farhan Zaidi and new scouting director Michael Holmes. 11. Blue Jays – Jackson Rutledge, RHP, San Jacinto JC (TX) The Jays have been tied to Thompson (who has an elbow that worries some teams despite never having surgery) and Rutledge (who had hip labrum surgery in 2018), along with some of the college bats above if they slide, and prep CF Corbin Carroll, who could be the prep bat who slides just enough to make it to the Diamondbacks’ pick, where they can assert their draft-leading pool. 12. Mets – Zack Thompson, LHP, Kentucky Thompson has been mentioned here the most. A decision maker was in to see Elon RHP George Kirby shove last weekend. Most expect a college pitcher to be the pick. 13. Twins – Alek Manoah, RHP, West Virginia The Twins are in a nice spot to pick through the leftovers of the second tier of talent and get a top-10 quality player for slot or below, to set up paying an overslot prep later. Manoah, Texas Tech 3B Josh Jung, and Baylor C Shea Langeliers all make sense here. 14. Phillies – Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Tech It sounds like this would be Rutledge’s floor, as he’s in play at most of the last half dozen picks. The Phillies have sent in heat multiple times to see Alabama prep SS Gunnar Henderson, who has a couple interested clubs in the teens, but is seen by most as a late first round type. Chicago-area prep RHP Quinn Priester is also of interest here. 15. Angels – George Kirby, RHP, Elon The Angels have been tied mostly to high school players: Henderson (who GM Billy Eppler has seen), Priester, Florida prep RHP Matthew Allan (rumors have him seeking $4 million, so he’d be overslot starting at this pick), Tennessee prep CF Maurice Hampton, and NorCal prep SS Kyren Paris, who is another polarizing prospect with interest in the mid-first round, but isn’t a top-40 prospect for some clubs. 16. D’Backs – Corbin Carroll, CF, Lakeside HS (WA) The D’Backs have lots of picks and the most pool money, so they’re expected to flex this muscle and take some sliding prep talents; they’re also generally expected to lean toward upside prep types up top. Allan and the rest of the Signability Guys make some sense here, as does Priester. The Signability Guys The toughest sign in the draft is New Jersey prep RHP Jack Leiter, son of Al Leiter and a Vanderbilt commit. It’s long been rumored his price is over $4 million and may also come with a short list of clubs he would even be willing to sign with for that amount of money. (The rumor is that list may only include the Yankees and Mets.) Leiter’s prep teammate and fellow Vanderbilt commit SS Anthony Volpe is apparently looking for at least $3 million, and may also have a short list of clubs that he’d play for, believed to also be northeast-focused. We mentioned Allan (Florida commit) above, though his talent level is seen as close to $4 million, so he’s likely to get paid, while Leiter isn’t seen as being quite that good and might come with less willingness to sign in general. Volpe and Leiter are both advised by the same group and headline what could be an all-time recruiting class for Vanderbilt. The only other top prospect with a good chance to get to campus, according to sources, is North Carolina popup LHP Blake Walston (N.C. State commit), as he has a polarized market, so there aren’t as many spots for him to be taken and paid, though it’s still likely that happens. The same goes for Georgia prep RHP Brett Thomas, a South Carolina commit. Two more lower-ranked prospects in Florida — RHP Brandon Sproat (Florida commit) and Arizona C Kody Huff (Stanford commit) — are threats to go to college as well. The rest of the higher-tier of the signability list are all Vanderbilt commits: SoCal LHP/1B Spencer Jones, Florida RHP Kendall Williams, Maine CF Tre Fletcher, and Washington SS Carter Young. Vanderbilt already has seven players on our 2020 board and three more on our 2021 board, so they could end up with half of their scholarship roster in 2020 having top five round draft potential. 17. Nationals – Shea Langeliers, C, Baylor Kirby would make some sense here but we’ve heard they prefer Langeliers. Allan fits their tendencies and is the other loudest name mentioned here, but last year’s top pick was an overslot Florida prep RHP (Mason Denaburg) and he’s still in extended spring training, so it may be hard to do that again. 18. Pirates – Gunnar Henderson, SS, Morgan Academy HS (AL) The Pirates are tied to Henderson, Priester, Texas prep RHP J.J. Goss (who is in play at a number of picks starting around here), and Puerto Rican prep SS Matthew Lugo, though Lugo makes more sense at their next pick. Prep righties are the running backs of the MLB draft, as they tend to slide, but team preference also plays a big part (clubs are specific about frames and deliveries, and some just won’t take a prep righty with their first pick), so they are more likely to go in a non-consensus order than other demographics. 19. Cardinals – Will Wilson, SS, North Carolina State Wilson may be in play for most clubs in the mid-20s but St. Louis is on him, and he fits the mold of the versatile middle infielders they prefer. Kirby also makes some sense if he gets here. 20. Mariners – Anthony Volpe, SS, Delbarton HS (NJ) Volpe and Georgia prep SS Nasim Nunez are similar players and are both mentioned here most often. 21. Braves – Quinn Priester, RHP, Cary-Grove HS (IL) Priester has lots of landing spots and given Allan’s demands and below average command, has more possible landing spots, so sources are calling him the likely top prep pitcher off the board. Wilson and Florida prep RHP Brennan Malone (who recently hit 99 mph) both make some sense here as well. 22. Rays – Keoni Cavaco, 3B, Eastlake HS (CA) Lots of young-for-the-class prep bats (Cavaco, Paris, Henderson, Volpe, Hampton) are rising into this range and pushing down other prospects expected to go around here. Teams that lean on models will push these players up the most and those with loud tools will attract interest from a wide group of clubs; Cavaco does both but his weakness is a lack of track record. 23. Rockies – Kameron Misner, RF, Missouri Misner has interest as high at pick 10 to the Giants and also could last until the 30s due to his lack of track record and spotty performance versus the SEC this spring, but there’s legit 70 power and deceptive athleticism if a club believes their player dev group can dial in the approach. 24. Indians – Kyren Paris, SS, Freedom HS (CA) Paris may not even make it to this pick, but the Indians are known in the industry for targeting young-for-the-class bats, so expect a couple from that aforementioned group to be in their final mix. 25. Dodgers – Brennan Malone, RHP, IMG Academy HS (FL) The Dodgers have been tied to a few prospects, like Clemson SS Logan Davidson, Volpe, and handful of prep pitchers, which backs up their willingness to tap any demographic. Malone arguably has the best mix of now stuff, command, and delivery/arm action quality in the draft. 26. D’Backs – Matthew Allan, RHP, Seminole HS (FL) Allan has flashed two 70 pitches (fastball, curveball) at times this spring and Arizona has the financial muscle to get him to this pick. 27. Cubs – Logan Davidson, SS, Clemson Davidson strikes out too much, but he’s a big, switch-hitting shortstop who has always produced and some clubs think they can dial in the approach. 28. Brewers – Maurice Hampton, CF, Memphis University HS (TN) Hampton fits the Brewers’ upside type as a young-for-the-class, up-the-middle athlete with big exit velos, though he’s raw enough to get to this pick. Hampton is also an LSU cornerback commit but should be signable in this range. 29. A’s – Michael Busch, 1B, North Carolina Busch shouldn’t last this long on talent, but with young prep bats sneaking up, the college first baseman without a 70 tool may be the one to slide, where Oakland should be happy to scoop him up. 30. Yankees – Tyler Callihan, 3B, Providence HS (FL) The Yankees are tied to Misner and Lugo, and figure to look for prospects with tools big enough to play a role for them in the big leagues. Some think Callihan could be a 60 hit/power third baseman and New York cares less about age for prep hitters than other clubs (Callihan is 19.0 on draft day, the same as Blake Rutherford in 2016). 31. Dodgers – Kody Hoese, 3B, Tulane Landing spots for Georgia prep RHP Daniel Espino have been hard to find, with more than a handful of clubs totally out, but some clubs that emphasize now stuff amongst prep pitchers seem interesting in the 20-40 range. The Dodgers could pull the trigger here, but Hoese is a better value, and likely doesn’t get past Houston at the next pick. 32. Astros – Daniel Espino, RHP, Premier Academy HS (GA) This is believed to be Hoese’s floor. They’ve taken a long look at UNC Wilmington SS Greg Jones recently, arguably the top athlete in the draft and with a decent eye at the plate, but in need of a swing overhaul. Espino makes some sense here and could move quickly in a system geared to his strengths. 33. D’Backs – Matthew Lugo, SS, Beltran Academy HS (PR) 34. D’Backs – J.J. Goss, RHP, Cypress Ranch HS (TX) 35. Marlins – Nasim Nunez, SS, Collins Hill HS (GA) 36. Rays – Greg Jones, SS, UNC Wilmington 37. Pirates – Brooks Lee, SS, San Luis Obispo HS (CA) 38. Yankees – Drey Jameson, RHP, Ball State 39. Twins – Braden Shewmake, SS, Texas A&M 40. Rays – Ryne Nelson, RHP, Oregon 41. Rangers – Jimmy Lewis, RHP, Lake Travis HS (TX)
  12. Ok Seamheads. Here is your thread. I may or may not be in here since I’ll be out at Disch Schedule change- TH 6:30 FR 1 PM & 6:30 PM Feel free to post. Nobody here bites.....at least not very hard HookEm!
  13. Yo #Seamheads Last game of the regular season for me. Y'all are on your own this weekend. Should there be any post-season play, I'll be there for that.
  14. Here we go. Let’s see if the Texas Baseball team can hit the reset button tonight.
  15. Programming note: I likely won’t be around for the game tomorrow night. It is at TX St so I’ll have some links up for y’all to watch it. It was announced today that Kolby Kubichek will get the start for Texas.
  16. Seamheads I’m traveling tonight and won’t be able to update this game thread. Y’all keep it rolling. See if we can get the Horns back into the win column. HookEm!
  17. Let’s get this going, and I’ll keep it up as a regular running pinned thread during the season, starting today. Feel free to chime in. 3/11/19 D1 Baseball has the Horns at #12 https://d1baseball.com/top-25/college-baseball-top-25-arizona-state-is-back-again/ Baseball America has the Horns at #10 https://www.baseballamerica.com/rankings/college-baseball-top-25/
  18. Here we go. T1 KSt plates 2 and Elder is over 25 pitches in the first. He was hit hard in the first. KSt leads 2-0 headed B1
  19. All the info to follow the game today is right here. I'll see you folks tonight! HookEm
  20. Let’s get the important stuff out of the way first. Pierce said today that McCann is ready to play this weekend. Also, FR/SA rotation will be Elder & Henley with SU starter to be decided once they see where the series sits after the start of the weekend. I think the performance that Madden gave in Stanford gives him some more options to consider.

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