Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Four more current TCU baseball players and six more recruits were drafted today on Day 3 of the 2012 MLB Draft. Amongst the guys preparing for the Super Regionals out in Los Angeles, Kevin Allen (23rd round to the Royals), Tyler Duffie (27th round to the Brewers), Jason Coats (29th round to the White Sox) and Kaleb Merck (33rd round to the Twins) have signing bonus checks waiting for them when the current season ends.
Coats, of course, is a senior and is obviously gone. You've got to feel for him, having returned to TCU for his senior year to improve upon his signing bonus potential after being drafted in the 12th round by Baltimore a year ago. His .326 average and team-leading 45 RBI may have done just that, but the torn ACL he suffered in the regular season finale has clearly been extremely costly in more ways than one.
Allen, Duffie and Merck join Josh Elander (6th round to the Braves) and Kyle Von Tungeln (13th round to the Rockies) in having to decide whether or not to forgo the rest of their collegiate eligibility for a payday. While it's possible that one or more of them may decide they can improve their draft stock with another year at TCU, the undoubtedly disappointing situation facing Coats is likely serving as a warning to them to seize the day. I wouldn't be shocked if any of them returned, but I'm certainly not counting on it.
Does it feel weird to celebrate the fact that some TCU players weren't selected? I certainly hope these guys eventually get their shot in pro ball, but I'm also thankful for another year of watching guys like Jantzen Witte, Regional MVP Justin Scharf, and Davy Wright play for the Frogs.
Joining Austin Aune (2nd round to the Yankees) and Jake Thompson (2nd round to the Tigers) in being Horned Frog commits to be selected by MLB teams today were Austin Fairchild (16th round to the Royals), Kody Eaves (16th round to the Angels), Tejay Antone (22nd round to the Mets), Paul Hendrix (32nd round to the Indians), Alex Young (32nd round to the Rangers) and Mitchell Traver (39th round to the Astros).
While Aune and Thompson are somewhere between very likely and absolutely certain to sign with the clubs that drafted them, there is a feeling that the Frogs have a good chance of retaining the rest of these guys- many of whom are capable of making the kind of impact in 2013 that this year's fantastic freshmen had on the current season. The deadline for players in their position to decide between going pro or going to college has traditionally been in August, but this year it was moved forward to July 13th. So we should know sooner rather than later who will end up wearing purple next year.
In other Horned Frog baseball news, we recently learned that TCU assistant coach Randy Mazey has accepted the head coaching position at West Virginia, effective after the current season ends. As was the case with Todd Whitting's departure to Houston two years ago, this is a big loss for TCU but you've got to be happy for the guy. We hope he's still wearing purple on one last trip to Omaha, but wish him all the best in Morgantown and expect that the Lupton crowd will give him a warm reception every time the Mountaineers visit Fort Worth.
Posted by Lyle Lanley at Wednesday, June 06, 2012