Texas pitcher Blair Henley (27) throws a pitch against LSU on March 2, 2019 in Austin. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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A Longhorn becomes an Astro: Blair Henley selected by Houston in MLB Draft

Posted June 4th, 2019

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Texas junior pitcher Blair Henley was scooped up by Houston in the MLB Draft on Tuesday.

The Astros used a seventh-round pick on Henley, who was the draft’s 226th overall selection. Henley, a 6-3 right-hander from Fort Worth, will have until July 15 to decide whether he’ll sign with Houston or return to Texas for his senior year. The estimated signing bonus for the 226th pick is $188,900.

Henley was the first Longhorn selected in the 2019 MLB Draft.

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An all-conference honoree in 2018, Henley has been a fixture in UT’s starting rotation over much of the past three seasons. A 39-time starter at Texas, Henley was 16-16 with a 3.65 ERA, 173 strikeouts and 96 walks. His one career save was earned in last year’s super regional against Tennessee Tech.

Over his three drafts at Texas, David Pierce has now had seven of his starting pitchers selected. In 2017, Morgan Cooper (Los Angeles Dodgers, second round), Nick Kennedy (Colorado, fifth round), Kyle Johnston (Washington, sixth round) and Connor Mayes (Kansas City, 24th round) were all drafted. Last year, Atlanta and Boston selected Nolan Kingham and Chase Shugart in the 12th round.

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