Returning players and recruiting class

Discussion in 'Baseball' started by aUTfan, Aug 30, 2021.

  1. aUTfan

    aUTfan 500+ Posts

    Haven't seen anything on this, just wondering who has reported back to school so that we can unofficially confirm what the roster looks like? what about the last recruiting class? How does the new class help our team this coming year?
  2. Chop

    Chop 5,000+ Posts

    Joshua Stewart could be a really good one. All-American high schooler per Perfect Game. Throws up to 95mph. Good movement and control. Ranked #41 RHP in the nation coming out of high school--which includes all the guys who went pro--so probably in the top 10 or better new collegiate RHPs. Note: both his parents, and both his siblings are aggies!

    Cameron O'Banan (photo immediately below)-- another good incoming pitcher who throws in the low-to-mid 90s. Has friendly competition with Stewart.


    “I learned a long time ago that when you think you have enough pitching, recruit more. That’s exactly what our staff did,” Coach Pierce said.
    (now there's a guy on the same wavelength as me)

    Joshua Stewart Class of 2021 - Player Profile | Perfect Game USA

    David Pierce, Texas load up on pitching with 2021 signing class

    Longtime UT Baseball 2021 commits O'Banan & Stewart build bond this summer

    Gavin Kash brings a good bat from either 1B or 3B or DH.
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    FWHORN 5,000+ Posts

    All of this is injury avoidance dependent but the Horns go into the 2022 season with perhaps the best weekend rotation in all of college baseball (Hansen, Witt, Stevens in no particular order) and a solid weekday starter (Gordon) who would be a weekend starter on any other team in the Big XII. They also have best closer in Big XII and one of best in nation in Nixon. With Menendez back and the freshman core of last year now with a year of experience and 5 games in Omaha under their belt, the lineup isnt as powerful as last year but has some pop and more importantly consistency. Fall ball will show us a little more but right now Texas should start the year ranked in the top five and is a legit Omaha and NC contender.:hookem:
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  4. mchammer

    mchammer 10,000+ Posts

    I wouldn’t mind exchanging less pop with more consistent hitting.
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  5. Chop

    Chop 5,000+ Posts

    An interesting question is whether Gordon is more valuable to the team as a reliever or a weekday starter...? Pierce and Allen might try a number of guys in that weekday starter position during pre-conference play. I have high hopes for Southard. No telling how the new guys will do, but they look good on paper.

    Kubichek signed with the Mets for $125k.
  6. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 10,000+ Posts

    I hope he makes better business decisions as his pro experience grows.
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  7. humahuma

    humahuma 500+ Posts

    Thanks for the information Chop.
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  8. Chop

    Chop 5,000+ Posts

    COACH: "Say Aaron. Tomorrow is leg day in the weight room."

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  9. STHAustin

    STHAustin 100+ Posts

    What about Duplantier? He looked good in relief in 2020, had surgery last season. Anyone know how he's doing?
  10. Chop

    Chop 5,000+ Posts

    I think he’s recovering and going to be real good. I saw an article that projects him as a starter next year. Worst case, he’s another solid reliever.
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  11. Chop

    Chop 5,000+ Posts

    Another promising pitcher to keep an eye on, from deep in the heart of aggie country (College Station then Blinn JC, and his dad is aTm's director of baseball ops).

    Jace Hutchins
    220 lbs

    His velocity has greatly improved while at Blinn (now topping out in the mid-90s), and he has good movement on his fastball ("Turns his fastball over with heavy sinking action")--that's the same thing that made MSU's Bednar's fastball so difficult to hit in the post-season. Good change up. Sounds crafty. Gets a lot of strikeouts. Control is the only potential issue as far as I can see.


    Projecting the 2022 Texas baseball team: ‘The future’s bright’

    Jace Hutchins

    Jace Hutchins - Baseball - University of Texas Athletics

    Prep Baseball Report - Player: Jace Hutchins
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  12. Chop

    Chop 5,000+ Posts

    Great to see our guys helping out the youths!

    Banditos Baseball Club is at Texas Prospects Baseball Academy.
    Septembpotser15fuoaunsstoh5:0re3hnmucdAM · Tomball ·

    Thanks to Aaron Nixon and Trey Faltine for coming to work out with the boys this past weekend! The camp was a huge success with the boys learning from the best! Never forget where you started! College camp series continues this weekend! Check out the new sweet dugouts! #banditosbrotherhood #banditosbaseball #bleedingblack #texasbaseball


  13. Phil Elliott

    Phil Elliott 2,500+ Posts

    First time I've ever seen Nixon (sort of) smile.
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  14. aUTfan

    aUTfan 500+ Posts

    So, what’s the story with Jace Hutchins? It’s pretty odd for someone of his dads stature to see his son play for a rival
  15. Chop

    Chop 5,000+ Posts

    Snarky response for the question immediately above:

    Yeah, it's difficult to imagine a young man from College Station wanting to spend what's left of his college years in a Bohemian atmosphere that has stuff like girl cheerleaders, plenty of night clubs, live music other than just a few really bad country cover bands, hot and eager young women from all over the world, great restaurants, etc...

    ...rather than remain in the provincial bucolic paradise of Bryan/College Station.

    Maybe that boy ain't right in the head.


  16. aUTfan

    aUTfan 500+ Posts

    well, I mean I can’t be the only one that scratched his head over it but Texas is poised for a championship run over the next year or so, so I understand a little.
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