Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Potentially Great Baseball News

A year ago, Matt Purke shocked the baseball world by turning down millions of dollars in first round money from the Texas Rangers in order to play at TCU. It worked out pretty well for both sides, as Purke earned National Freshman of the Year honors helping to lead the Frogs to their first-ever appearance in the College World Series and the Rangers were able to use part of their savings from not signing Purke to pull off the Cliff Lee trade that may be what helps that club reach their first-ever World Series.

Back to the present, where this year's MLB Draft signing deadline is approaching (August 15th) and the Frogs could be on the verge of yet another coups to bolster their roster as they aim for a return trip to Omaha next June. Only this time, it may be doubly beneficial as they could pluck both their top incoming freshman and a veteran starting pitcher from the cluthes of Major League clubs.

When Tyler Green (pictured above), a 6'1", 175lb right-handed pitcher and infielder from Brazoswood, was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 8th round of June's draft, it looked as though the Frogs may never get the player that former TCU assistant Todd Whitting called "one of the best two-way players, not only in Texas but in the entire country."

Now though, just 5 days before the deadline, Tyler is planning on attending orientation in case a deal is not reached...just as Purke did a year ago. If Green ends up as a Horned Frog, the coach staff expects him to make a major contribution on the mound as well as at the plate.

Similiar to the sinking feeling when Green was picked in the 8th round was the feeling when junior starting pitcher Steven Maxwell was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 12th round. All Maxwell did last year was go 11-2 with a 2.70 ERA to win Mountain West Pitcher of the Year honors. But like Green, Maxwell has also yet to sign and is rumored to be leaning toward staying at TCU for his senior season and keeping the Frogs' 2010 weekend starting rotation intact for 2011.

I'm sure that most of you, like me, are more than just a little antsy in your pantsy for the imminent return of football season and that next baseball season seems like a lifetime away. But if the Frogs are able to keep Maxwell for another year as well as bring in Green, the chances of returning to Omaha (and possibly winning the whole thing) go up considerably. Just something to keep an eye on this week.

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