Texas head coach David Pierce holds up the "Hook 'Em Horns" sign for the playing of "The Eyes of Texas" following Texas' 8-1 win over LSU in an NCAA baseball game on Friday, March 1, 2019, in Austin, Texas. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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‘Not skipping steps’: Three recruits to attend Texas after being selected in the MLB Draft

Posted June 5th, 2019

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This week, a quartet of Major League Baseball teams took a few swings at Texas’ 2019 recruiting class.

Four high school standouts who had previously signed by Texas were selected in the MLB Draft, a three-day event that wrapped up on Wednesday. It is expected that Brett Baty will chose the New York Mets, who took the corner infielder with the draft’s 12th overall pick, over the Longhorns. Baty probably won’t make an announcement about his future in the upcoming days since and his Lake Travis teammates are currently playing in the UIL’s state tournament.

While Baty may never play at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, three of his fellow recruits will. Rouse pitcher Jared Southard (Los Angeles Angels, 20th round), catcher Silas Ardoin (Colorado, 36th round) and utility player Sanson “Trey” Faltine III (Boston, 39th round) were each drafted on Wednesday. By the end of the day, however, all of those players had announced that they’d be attending Texas.

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Given where they were drafted, it was unlikely that any of those players would have chosen the minor leagues over Texas. Last year, however, Cleveland successfully made a late run at UT signee Korey Holland, who had been selected in the 14th round. Following the 2017 draft, Galveston College transfer Blake Pflughaupt never made it to campus after Tampa Bay chose him in the 27th round.

When announcing his decision, Southard thanked the Angels but added that his career was “not skipping steps.” When Southard signed with Texas in November, Texas coach David Pierce said that “When I think of Jared, power right-hander comes to mind. He looks the part and his arm is explosive.” Ardoin and Faltine are two of the incoming freshman that Pierce expressed excitement about at the end of the season.

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