2023 Position Projections

Discussion in 'Baseball' started by aUTfan, Jul 20, 2022.

  1. SabreHorn

    SabreHorn 10,000+ Posts


    Have we ever had a pitcher transfer from SanJac and do anything?

    There was a guy named Robert or Roger or something like that, but I lost track of him.

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  2. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    Looks like Chris Stuart struck out Ivan and got Kennedy to hit into a ground out to 2nd base in Fall Ball--San Jac JC v. UT at the Disch (per the video).

    And all you closet Jacobites out there need to treat him like royalty...:cool:
  3. LonghornEE72

    LonghornEE72 25+ Posts

    On Chris Stuart:
    Hmm. Body build and pitching motion makes me think of a left-handed Kirk Dressendorfer. Am I imagining this?
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  4. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    Chris Stuart also struck out Skye Messinger and got Murph to hit a grounder into a double play. You can see why he got Coach’s interest.
  5. HomeBrewHorn

    HomeBrewHorn 100+ Posts

    Yes, he selected LSU about 10 days ago. LSU has cleaned up in the portal this year, they will be a force next season.
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  6. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    From Baseball America's Top 25 for 2023. Click the "More" button on #23 Texas.
    College Baseball Top 25 Rankings


    Projected key returners: OF Dylan Campbell, 2B Mitchell Daly, RP Andre Duplantier II, SP Lucas Gordon, RP Luke Harrison, OF Eric Kennedy, SP Tanner Witt
    Projected key departures: C Silas Ardoin, SS Trey Faltine, SP Pete Hansen, OF Douglas Hodo III, 1B Ivan Melendez, 3B Skyler Messinger, RP Aaron Nixon, OF Murphy Stehly, SP Tristan Stevens, RP Joshua Stewart, OF Austin Todd
    Projected key newcomers: OF Max Belyeu (No. 168), OF Porter Brown (TCU), SS Jalin Flores (No. 89), RHP Pierce George (No. 439), C Garret Guillemette (Southern California), RHP Charlie Hurley (Southern California), RHP Heston Tole (Arkansas)

    Things will look very different in Austin in 2023. The Longhorns stand to lose as much talent as nearly any team in the country, starting with Player of the Year Ivan Melendez. But Texas has recruited at a high level and still has the firepower to contend in the Big 12. The Longhorns look the strongest on the mound, where lefthander Lucas Gordon figures to move to the front of the rotation with the likes of Andre Duplantier II, Luke Harrison and Lebarron Johnson Jr. helping him out. Righthander Tanner Witt could also give the Longhorns a boost, if he is able to make a good recovery from Tommy John surgery. The offense is more of a concern for Texas and it will need some new faces to step up in the lineup."
  7. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

  8. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    Ace Whitehead has a 0.434 On Base % thus far for the LaCrosse Loggers this Summer.

    Scorebook - Stats

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  9. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    While our power hitting may never again approach last year, we may look like a pretty good Moneyball lineup next year. Lots of guys with high OB% and batting averages, though not so much power hitting.
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  10. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    Meanwhile, in Santa Barbara...

    Both Luke Harrison and Alec Grossman are having sub-par Summers on the mound; Harrison more so than Grossman (by the numbers...).
  11. Chop

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  12. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    The sampling size is so small in Summer League ball, it's hard to gauge how good somebody is vs. the (good) competition. Hopefully, our pitchers get the kinks worked out before the season.

    Sthele and LBJ will be counted on to be two of our better relievers next year. Sthele might be our closer. And LBJ makes a good set up man or middle reliever.

  13. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    Peyton Powell
    Utility Man (C, 1B, 3B, DH)
    RS Junior

    He's batting 0.296 for the Duluth Dylans* in Summer League with a 0.382 OB %, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 1 homerun, and 20 RBI thus far. Slugging 0.426 with an impressive 0.808 OPS. Nobody's going to mistake him for Ivan Melendez or Murph Dog, but this fellow can bat, and we may need his bat in our lineup. He brings some power, and clutch hitting (high RBIs), to mix in with all these high batting average/on-base % guys.

    Peyton Powell College & Amateur Leagues Statistics & History | Baseball-Reference.com
    Conference expansion finally clearing the path for a bigger CFP field

    In the end, it was the man from The University of Texas, Peyton Powell, who came up first in the tenth and wasted no time ending the game in a walk-off with a bloop single down the left field line. Huskies win and advance to 10-13 in the second half and 29-27 overall. The Mud Puppies fall to 0-11 in the second half and 6-22 overall.

    "Pierce also lost three of his top recruits to the pros but will look to build around outfielders Eric Kennedy and Dylan Campbell, incoming shortstop candidate Jalin Flores to perhaps fend off second baseman Mitchell Daly for that position, infielder Jack O'Dowd and Peyton Powell, "who could be an interesting piece. He's a catcher by trade and a left-handed bat but had a really good summer playing first with some third." ...

    *officially, the "Duluth Huskies":rolleyes1:
  14. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    Chris Stuart: He may challenge Harrison for the "first man out of the bullpen when the starter gets in trouble" role.
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  15. aUTfan

    aUTfan 500+ Posts

    Looks like we picked up another player. Brandon Fields out of State College of Florida. Don’t know anything about him. Kind of a surprise. I imagine it’s an offensive move cause I think we r ok defensively.
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  16. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    JUCO OF Brandon Fields commits to Texas - Burnt Orange Nation

    "A 6’0, 209-pounder, Fields isn’t a typical junior college baseball prospect — he was ranked as the No. 31 recruit nationally and the No. 9 outfielder by Perfect Game in the 2020 recruiting class and signed with South Carolina. Fields was talented enough to withdraw from the 2020 MLB Draft in favor of playing for the Gamecocks, but his freshman season surely didn’t go as planned in Columbia when he only started one game and received six at bats, failing to notch a hit.

    Fields opted to play at the junior college level after entering the NCAA transfer portal and slashed .324/.387/.581 with 13 doubles, seven triples, nine home runs, and 48 RBI, as well as 16 stolen bases. So the tools clearly showed for Fields — he was known for having a short, powerful swing in high school and the speed to play center field — but he did have a strikeout rate of 30 percent, a lot of swing and miss in his game for the level of competition.

    Even with the strikeout issues, though, Fields still has plenty of upside and will compete for a starting spot in the Texas outfield, likely in center field. With Eric Kennedy returning along with Dylan Campbell, two spots should be locked in for the Longhorns unless Campbell returns to second base, leaving Fields to battle rising sophomore Ace Whitehead and freshman Max Belyeu for the third outfield spot. Fields is also a strong contender to earn some at bats at designated hitter for Texas in 2023."
  17. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    Brandon Fields

    State College of Florida Manatees (Junior College)
    209 lbs
    Bat. avg 0.324
    OB % 0.387
    Slugging % 0.581
    48 RBIs
    16 Stolen Bases

    Fielding % 0.920 :confused::confused::confused::confused::confused:
    (might be a DH...?)

    Brandon Fields

    As a recruit in high school: Nat'l ranking=#31 overall, #9 OF; Florida ranking=#6 overall, #3 OF.

    Brandon Fields Class of 2020 - Player Profile | Perfect Game USA

    This young man can hit, and should be a welcome addition to our batting lineup. That 0.920 fielding % stands out though--could be an anomaly??? Or maybe Fields will be our DH? Ace Whitehead is decent enough in the OF. Also, as pointed out in an article quoted in the previous post, if Campbell moves back to the infield (where he started out), Kennedy would be the only returning starting OF, so the other two OF positions would likely start with Whitehead, Belyeu, or Fields, with the odd man out at DH.
  18. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    Don't expect us to see a Longhorn batting lineup like last year--maybe ever.


    ...this coming year's batting lineup is shaping up to be one of the top 2-3 in the Big 12, and might contend for the best overall lineup in the conference. Not as much power as last year* (obviously), but lots of get-on-base a lot guys. Moneyball stuff.

    *We won't be weak in power hitting compared to the competition, we'll actually have decent power, just nothing like last year's freakish power hitting numbers.
    (of course, if Belyeu and Thomas come in as Freshman and ding 15+ homers each, and Campbell knocks out 15-20, with Kennedy doing about the same, we could still be the best power hitting team in the conference; but that's a lot to ask)

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    Last edited: Aug 13, 2022 at 11:28 AM
  19. aUTfan

    aUTfan 500+ Posts

    And another one Chop….RHP Cody Howard (Baylor).
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  20. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    Cody Howard redshirted last year at Baylor.

    He’s a relief pitcher who can bring some heat—fastball in the mid 90s—up to 95 mph. Was highly ranked coming out of high school.
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2022 at 3:28 PM
  21. mchammer

    mchammer 10,000+ Posts

    Seems like we are loading up. If we have a good pitching coach, we are back in Omaha.
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  22. aUTfan

    aUTfan 500+ Posts

    idk. When we lost southard, that one hurt. I’m concerned but hoping Woody can bring some consistency to the pen. Some of these guys are still struggling in summer league but he hasn’t worked with any of them yet.

    With the additions, I’m not concerned about defense or offense at all. so I think you’re correct in that it will all depend on pitching.

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