Sorry for the double but I just realized we really showed Texas recruits what is up...we took out Baylor in the regionals, Rice in the super regionals, and Texas in the CWS. And just in case they wanted to try to go to Ark...we took them out twice in a row in the CWS too. I love how that will/should play out in recruiting next year
Well well well someone is wearing their tiger striped underoos today.
First- look at the vid of the chap girls and then you'll know we will be just fine in recruiting just like we always are. No one wants to live in Waco and at Rice you actually have to be able to spell more than your first name to get in.
Texas has 2 problems in baseball recruiting each year- we normally use 1-3 of our recruits depending on how high they get drafted. Last year Jungmann was adamant about wanting to go to college and not pro even though he would have a top pick. This year our top recruit(who is top 10 nationally) who played here in Austin at McCallum is now having to decide between pro and college since he went in the 2nd round.
The other thing is our home ballpark, Disch Falk Field, is not a homerun hitting park and some big hitting recruits don't want to have to hit here as it might hurt their numbers. Generally we have 1-3 guys in the line-up that can hit for power, the last couple of years it was Kyle Russell(who broke the team record) who was mashing the ball, and then we have a lot of speed guys for stealing bases.
That's why this year was a little different and our offense was no where near as good as it normally is- the power didn't show up until the CWS and was inconsistent throughout the regular season but the biggest that hurt us was lack of team speed. The past couple of years we had guys like Jordan Danks and Drew Stubbs that could fly around the bases once they got on- this year we had to use the sac bunt more and more because we didn't good power and our steals were way down.
Augie does like to sac bunt but this year he had to even more just to try and squeeze runs out of this line up. That's why I'm pumped for next year because outside of Austin Wood our entire pitching staff is back- Jungmann and Ruffin will be two of the best lock down #1 and #2 pitchers in the nation. The offense will be improved and hopefully some of the new blood can add some more pop to the line-up.