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Former Kansas starter Skyler Messinger to vie for a job in the Texas infield

Texas players celebrate after scoring a first-inning run against Fairfield at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on  June 6, 2021. The Longhorns posted a 50-17 record during the 2021 season.

Texas can cross Skyler Messinger off its baseball scouting report for the Kansas Jayhawks.

Messinger, who has been a starter in the Jayhawks' infield since 2018, announced Sunday that he will join the Longhorns as a graduate transfer. He was a second-team All-Big 12 selection this past season.

He led Kansas this season in batting average (.324), runs (43), RBIs (39) and doubles (19). He has started in 130 of the Jayhawks' last 132 games going back to the start of the 2019 season.

His arrival gives Texas some depth in its infield. Trey Faltine is entrenched at shortstop and Mitchell Daly hit .316 as a freshman second baseman. The Longhorns, however, will need a third baseman after Cam Williams signed with the Kansas City Royals, who took him in the 19th round of the MLB draft.

Messinger opened the season as Kansas' starting shortstop but eventually made 55 starts at third. UT's Andre Duplantier II, who was injured this spring, also has experience playing that position. Murphy Stehly and Lance Ford backed up Williams this season.

Texas went 50-17 and won a share of the Big 12 regular-season title. The Longhorns reached the College World Series but fell one win shy of the championship series.