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Top Texas recruit selected by New York Mets in the MLB Draft

Posted June 5th, 2018

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One of Texas’ highest-rated recruits will need to choose between the minor leagues and playing college baseball.

On Monday, the New York Mets selected Sugar Land Kempner pitcher Simeon Woods-Richardson in the second round of the MLB Draft. Woods-Richardson, who was the 48th overall pick, is a member of Texas’ 2018 recruiting class.

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A 6-3 right-hander, Woods-Richardson can throw four pitches. He was also an infielder in high school. When Woods-Richardson signed with Texas, assistant coach Sean Allen said that “Simeon is the No. 1-ranked right-handed pitcher in the state. He will pitch 90-93 and top out at 95. He is an extremely competitive kid that loves to pitch. He has the stuff to pitch on the weekend right now. He also is a very good hitter that could be a two-way player for us.”

Last year, Texas recruits Tristen Lutz and Landon Leach were each selected within the first 37 picks of the draft. Both players decided to begin their professional careers instead of attending Texas.

Woods-Richardson will have until July 6 to decide if he’ll sign with the Mets, who drafted him with a pick that has a signing bonus with an estimated value of $1,485,100. If he chooses to go to Texas, Woods-Richardson would next be eligible for the MLB Draft in 2021.

Alongside high school teammate Alec Carr, who has also signed with Texas, Woods-Richardson was at UFCU Disch-Falk Field this past Sunday to watch UT beat Indiana for a regional championship. After the game, Woods-Richardson tweeted that “Can’t believe I’m going to this amazing team I can’t wait.” On Monday night, though, he was tweeting a different tune.

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