Instead of a Tarleton State Texan, Michael Cantu has decided to become a professional.
Undrafted in June’s MLB amateur draft, Cantu has signed a contract with the San Diego Padres. Cantu was set to transfer to Tarleton State after three seasons at Texas, but the 6-3, 240-pound catcher product will instead begin his professional career.
During his junior year at Texas, Cantu hit .222 with six home runs. Cantu never hit above .249, but he was a solid presence behind the plate. Cantu was credited with only three errors in his UT career, and he made pivotal tags at the plate this season in wins over Texas A&M and Long Beach State.
“I’m not taking this opportunity for granted,” Cantu told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. “It’s go time and it’s really time to get down to business.”
Cantu, who has been assigned to AZL Padres, is the latest Longhorn to follow the path paved from UFCU Disch-Falk Field to the minor leagues. Eleven of Cantu’s teammates were drafted earlier this summer. None of those Longhorns will return to Texas in 2018.
Longhorns in the minor leauguesA look at how members of Texas' 2017 draft class are faring in the minor leagues.
|Position||Round Drafted||Organization||Current MILB Team||Current MILB Stats|
|Morgan Cooper||RHP||2nd (62nd overall)||LA Dodgers||N/A||N/A|
|Nick Kennedy||LHP||5th (146)||Colorado||Boise (A Short)||2-1, 3.71 ERA, 24 Ks in 26.2 IP|
|Kyle Johnston||RHP||6th (193)||Washington||Auburn (A Short)||0-1, 3.25 ERA, 15 Ks in 27.2 IP|
|Bret Boswell||INF||8th (236)||Colorado||Boise (A Short)||.309 BA, 10 HRs, 40 RBIs in 207 ABs|
|Kacy Clemens||1B||8th (249)||Toronto||Vancouver (A Short)||.291 BA, 3 HRs, 42 RBIs in 182 ABs|
|Tyler Schimpf||RHP||13th (396)||San Francisco||Salem-Keizer (A Short)||0-1, 5.79 ERA, 22 Ks in 18.2 IP|
|Patrick Mathis||OF||22nd (661)||Houston||Greenville (Rookie)||.246, 2 HRs, 15 RBIs in 126 ABs|
|Connor Mayes||RHP||24th (720)||Kansas City||Burlington (Rookie)||4-0, 4.34 ERA, 24 Ks in 29 IP|
|Zane Gurwitz||INF||26th (775)||LA Angels||AZL Angels (Rookie)||.435, 5 RBIs, 5 SBs in 46 ABs|
|Travis Jones||OF||29th (870)||Kansas City||Idaho Falls (Rookie)||.371, 22 RBIS, 11 SBs in 89 ABs|
|Jon Malmin||RHP||31st (925)||LA Angels||AZL Angels (Rookie)||3-1, 4.32 ERA, 18 Ks in 16.2 IP|