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The Morning Stake: Four More Drafted by MLB Teams

Four more players are drafted in the MLB Draft and more from Texas Tech commit, QB Jett Duffey, who talks about recruiting for Texas Tech.

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Three More Drafted. Congrats to Matt Withrow who was selected in the 6th round by the Atlanta Braves, Corey Taylor, selected in the 7th round by the New York Mets and Dominic Moreno, selected in the 8th round by the Detroit Tigers. And another signee was drafted, El Paso’s Justin Maese, in the 3rd round by the Toronto Blue Jays. A couple of cool things here.

  • Withrow wasn’t Texas Tech’s best pitcher. Not by a long-shot, but he had a 3.63 ERA, 25 strikeouts and 11 walks in 22.1 innings. That’s not a knock against Withrow, just one of those interesting things to me, that he was picked first of the player available to be drafted. Oh, and he also dropped his ERA by 3 runs from last year to this year.
  • Taylor was undrafted as a junior last year and now gets drafted in the 7th round. Taylor finished with the nation’s betst ERA, 0.31. High five.
  • Moreno was drafted in the 33rd round last year, returned to school and improved his stock by 25 rounds. Moreno was always inconsistnt, but he was terrific this year, sporting a 1.85 ERA, 73 strikeouts to just 19 walks in 58.1 innings. So good.
  • Some of you asked about the thought process in having these players sign with Texas Tech, the players drafted on day 1 like Josh Naylor, Trent Clark and Tony Santillan. I think that Tadlock is used to this and it gets Texas Tech’s name out there. I don’t know how else to play it, to recruit good players, but not so good players seems tough. I’m not sure how to play that and I’d think that eventually, you’ll be able to convince a player to play and pass up the money. That’s a tough thing to do, but it’s possible. Losing the bats is a problem and I think that’s the biggest problem, but Texas Tech returns a ton of bats next year with the only hitters graduating being Bryant Burleson and Tim Proudfoot. Yes, a junior or two could be drafted, but we’ll see how it all plays out today.

Those three players drafted are a testament to Tim Tadlock and Ray Hayward. High five gentlemen.

Track and Field

Outdoor Championships. The official site has all of the details on the 16 student-athletes who are set to compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, starting June 10th through June 13th. The meet will be on the ESPN networks, so just check your local listings.


Jett Talks Recruiting and Texas Tech. Wreck’Em 24/7’s Daniel Paulling talks with Texas Tech quarterback commit Jett Duffey about recruiting and the Elite 11 competition. It’s a 4 minute video, so go check it out.

Armstrong Talks Texas Tech. I think that Neiman Armstrong was Texas Tech’s first defensive commit (after Colin Wilder), a 6-1/180 cornerback from DeSoto, talked to Scout about why he committed to Texas Tech:

“I like that program a lot,” Armstrong confirmed. “Their coaching staff really touched me. I like how they keep on me and try to keep me at home. I like how They try to talk to me a whole lot like I am their son or something like that.”

Miscellaneous. NewsOK’s Berry Tramel ranks the Big 12 quarterbacks and has Texas Tech 3rd overall, behind TCU and Oklahoma State.


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