Texas head coach David Pierce calls for a reliever from the bullpen during an NCAA baseball game against Rice on April 9, 2019 in Austin. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Texas successfully makes its recruiting pitch to two right-handed prospects

Posted June 26th, 2019

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On the recruiting trail this week, Texas’ baseball team was thinking about both next season and its future.

The Longhorns have gained verbal commitments from right-handed pitchers Dawson Merryman and Matthew Porchas. Merryman, a rising sophomore who threw at Midland College in 2019, will join the Longhorns this upcoming season. Porchas was a freshman in high school this past spring, so his debut at UFCU Disch-Falk Field must wait until 2023.

The 6-1, 230-pound Merryman is coming off a season in which he was named the Western Junior College Athletic Conference’s most valuable pitcher. Merryman started 14 times for the Chaparrals, and he went the distance in six of those outings. In 80 1/3 innings, Merryman registered an 8-6 record, 97 strikeouts, 32 walks and a 3.02 ERA.

This summer, Merryman is pitching in the Cape Cod League with the Chatham Anglers. Also on the Anglers’ roster are Texas pitchers Ty Madden and Kolby Kubichek. Chatham manager Tom Holliday was on Augie Garrido’s coaching staff when the Longhorns won a national championship in 2005, and Anglers pitching coach Dennis Cook is an ex-UT standout.

Porchas is the first member of UT’s 2022 recruiting class. The Santa Margarita High attendee was invited to USA Baseball’s 15U national team trials in 2018. According to Prep Baseball Report, Porchas’ fastball is already topping 90 miles per hour.

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