Keep Tabs On Texas Tech MLB Draftees
The Texas Tech baseball team is once again showing it's national prominence by getting four Red Raiders drafted in the first 15 rounds of the MLB draft. The Red Raider program also had a high school player who had signed a letter of intent who was drafted 13th overall which carries a signing bonus of 3.9 million dollars and another in the 19th round.
If Trevor Roberts, the 13th draft pick, chooses to he can come to Texas Tech and forfeit his draft money. That's highly unlikely. Texas Tech earliest drafted recruit in 2016 came in the 3rd round.
The 19th round is close to the cutoff to when guys choose college over a guaranteed payday.
Cody Masters was also drafted in the 40th round of the MLB draft. He will likely be in the NFL next season.
Of the 12 draft eligible players from the current roster four have been drafted in the first 15 rounds. That's very impressive. Of the current Red Raiders drafted all have been juniors, they will have the opportunity to return to school if they wish.
Parker Mushinski finished the 2017 season with a 2.15 ERA in 31 appearances and 37+innings and a paltry .185 batting average against. The Astros are set up to have long term success and have a great track record developing draft picks. Great fit for Mushinski.
Tanner Gardner was arguably the best player in the Big 12 as a sophomore. His injury plagued Senior season still showed the Texas Rangers enough to draft Gardner inside the top 10 rounds. Gardner finished 2017 with a .305 batting average and a .395 on base percentage. He also finished the season with a power surge hitting 5 home runs since the last series of the season.
Jacob Patterson has to be excited to be drafted by the perennially in contention Cardinals. Patterson had a solid Junior season for the Red Raiders mostly as a relief pitcher. He had 30 appearances only one of which was a start. His ERA was 3.84 in 50 plus innings of work. His unique delivery baffles batters and should provide an opportunity to reach the big leagues some day.
The 4th Red Raider to be drafted in 2017 was Orlando Garcia, another junior. Garcia had a monster year in 2017 being named one of the best SS in the league with stellar play in the field and at the plate. Garcia hit .305 with a .550 slugging percentage and an on base percentage of .386. He led the team in home runs and RBI with 13 and 62 respectively.
The last Red Raider from the current roster to be drafted was Big 12 player of the year Hunter Hargrove. The pick by the Athletics makes three out of the five drafted Red Raiders will reside in the AL West. Hargrove had a breakout year at first base playing great defense along with his stellar performance at the plate.
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