Texas catcher Michael Cantu celebrates a score against UNLV at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas parts way with Michael Cantu as catcher transfers to Tarleton State

Posted August 3rd, 2017

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Texas can erase another name off its baseball team’s roster.

UT confirmed on Thursday that junior Michael Cantu has left its baseball program. D1Baseball.com reported that Cantu will spend his senior year at Tarleton State, a Division II school in Stephenville.

Used primarily behind the plate, Cantu started 120 times at Texas. After hitting one home run over his first two seasons, Cantu went deep six times in 117 at-bats this spring. He, however, also hit .222 this year, and he never bested the .249 batting average he posted as a freshman.

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UT’s Michael Cantu tags out OU’s Renae Martinez at home plate during a game at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Sunday April 9, 2017. (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The 6-3, 240-pound Cantu committed only three errors during his time at Texas. This season, he made pivotal tags at the plate in UT’s wins over Texas A&M and Long Beach State.

With his transfer, Cantu joins an off-season exodus from the 40 Acres. Texas had only three seniors on its 2017 roster, but eight underclassmen opted for professional careers after the MLB Draft. Several role players — including reserve infielder Andres Sosa and pinch-runner Tyler Rand — have also left the program.

Michael McCann, who just hit .268 while splitting playing time with Cantu, is among the players expected to return to a UT team that went 39-24 in 2017. Catcher DJ Petrinsky will join the Longhorns after spending this past season at Hill College.

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