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Texas baseball recruit Kyle Muller named national player of the year

Posted June 6th, 2016

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Texas’ next baseball coach will inherit the country’s top high school senior after incoming recruit Kyle Muller was named Gatorade national player of the year on Monday.

Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels came to Muller’s school, Dallas Jesuit, to surprise the left-handed pitcher with the award.

Muller, who recently was named the state’s Gatorade player of the year, is in the midst of a fabulous senior season, registering an 8-1 record with a 0.46 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 76 innings. Possessing excellent command, 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.

On Friday, Muller had three hits in Jesuit’s 9-1 win over Atascocita in the 6A Division II regional final. The win places Jesuit into the state semifinal in Round Rock for the second year in a row.

There is speculation Muller might never make it to Texas and will detour to professional baseball. Some prognostications have him going in the first round of Saturday’s draft. Left-handers of his size and ability are highly coveted by big league scouts.

Should he stick with his pledge to Texas, Muller will give athletic director Mike Perrin additional ammunition to recruit the school’s next coach. The job has now been open for two weeks since the reassignment of Augie Garrido on May 30.

 

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