Texas third baseman Ryan Reynolds stands ready for the play against New Orleans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on April 20, 2018. JAMIE HARMS / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Once compared to Anthony Rendon, Texas infielder Ryan Reynolds drafted by Chicago’s Cubs

Posted June 5th, 2019

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In each of UT’s last 85 baseball games, Ryan Reynolds has been the Longhorns’ starting third baseman.

That streak may end in 2020.

On Wednesday, Reynolds was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the MLB Draft’s 14th round. The 432nd overall pick, Reynolds was selected one year after the Cubs used a 16th-round pick on UT reliever Josh Sawyer. Reynolds will have until July 15 to decide whether he’ll sign with Chicago or return to Texas for his senior year.

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Earlier this season, Texas coach David Pierce called Reynolds one of the best third basemen in the country. He also compared Reynolds favorably to Anthony Rendon, the MLB standout who he coached at Rice. While being responsible for 21 career errors, Reynolds owns a .958 fielding percentage and lists postseason plays against Long Beach State and Indiana among his many defensive highlights.

Over three seasons at Texas, Reynolds hit .243 with 13 homers and 94 RBIs. After focusing on his right-handed hitting for much of the 2018 season, he returned to switch-hitting on a full-time basis in 2019.

Reynolds’ father, Shane, pitched for Houston, Atlanta and Arizona from 1992-2004.

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