Michael Cantu (#7) at bat against Texas Tech at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on March 18, 2017 (Andy Nietupski for AMERICAN STATESMAN)


Ex-Longhorn Michael Cantu opts for professional career over transfer to Tarleton State

Posted August 19th, 2017


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.”

Texas catcher Michael Cantu (7) speaks with pitcher Connor Mayes in the final game of a series against Rice on Feb. 19, 2017 (Andy Nietupski for AMERICAN STATESMAN)

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 leaugues

A look at how members of Texas' 2017 draft class are faring in the minor leagues.
 PositionRound DraftedOrganizationCurrent MILB TeamCurrent MILB Stats  
Morgan Cooper
RHP2nd (62nd overall)
LA DodgersN/AN/A
Nick Kennedy
LHP5th (146)ColoradoBoise (A Short)2-1, 3.71 ERA, 24 Ks in 26.2 IP
Kyle JohnstonRHP6th (193)WashingtonAuburn (A Short)0-1, 3.25 ERA, 15 Ks in 27.2 IP
Bret BoswellINF8th (236)ColoradoBoise (A Short).309 BA, 10 HRs, 40 RBIs in 207 ABs
Kacy Clemens1B8th (249)TorontoVancouver (A Short)
.291 BA, 3 HRs, 42 RBIs in 182 ABs
Tyler Schimpf
RHP13th (396)San FranciscoSalem-Keizer (A Short)0-1, 5.79 ERA, 22 Ks in 18.2 IP
Patrick MathisOF22nd (661)HoustonGreenville (Rookie).246, 2 HRs, 15 RBIs in 126 ABs
Connor MayesRHP24th (720)Kansas CityBurlington (Rookie)4-0, 4.34 ERA, 24 Ks in 29 IP
Zane GurwitzINF26th (775)LA AngelsAZL Angels (Rookie).435, 5 RBIs, 5 SBs in 46 ABs
Travis JonesOF29th (870)Kansas CityIdaho Falls (Rookie).371, 22 RBIS, 11 SBs in 89 ABs
Jon MalminRHP31st (925)LA AngelsAZL Angels (Rookie)3-1, 4.32 ERA, 18 Ks in 16.2 IP