Texas baseball will have a difficult time holding onto Gatorade national high school player of the year Kyle Muller after the Atlanta Braves took the big left-hander in the second round of Thursday’s Major League draft.
Muller, of Dallas Jesuit, was selected No. 44 overall, which was a little later than he was expected to go. MLB.com pegged him as the No. 24-ranked prospect, one spot ahead of where Baseball America had him.
Muller told the Dallas Morning News he has “no idea” if he’ll forgo enrolling at Texas and turn pro. For now, he has more urgent matters to deal with and will be the starting pitcher Friday when Jesuit faces Houston Langham Creek in a 6A state semifinal at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.
He has until July 15 to make up his mind.
Muller’s week has been going well. It began Monday when Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels surprised him at Dallas Jesuit to present to him a trophy for Gatorade national player of the year.
The 6 feet, 7-inch Muller is 8-1 on the mound with a 0.46 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 76 innings. He has walked just 15 batters and allowed just 26 hits. He’s also a prolific hitter with 15 home runs and 51 RBI in 43 games.
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