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Ex-Longhorn Michael Cantu opts for professional career over transfer to Tarleton State

Instead of a Tarleton State Texan, Michael Cantu has decided to become a professional. Undrafted in June’s MLB amateur draft, Cantu has signed a contract with the San Diego Padres. Cantu was set to transfer to Tarleton State after three seasons at Texas, but the 6-3, 240-pound … Read More

Texas parts way with Michael Cantu as catcher transfers to Tarleton State

Texas can erase another name off its baseball team’s roster. UT confirmed on Thursday that junior Michael Cantu has left its baseball program. D1Baseball.com reported that Cantu will spend his senior year at Tarleton State, a Division II school in Stephenville. Used primarily behind the plate, Cantu started 120 times … Read More

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Texas fields two commitments as weekend comes to a close

Two baseball players have decided to make UFCU Disch-Falk Field their future home. On Sunday, Texas added Lance Ford and Chase Roberts to its 2018 recruiting class. Ford hails from Kerrville Tivy High. UT expanded its recruiting radar with Roberts since he is an outfielder and left-handed pitcher from South … Read More

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Despite loss, Corey Knebel still in pursuit of another strikeout record

Despite giving up a walk-off home run to Yankees’ Clint Frazier on Saturday, Corey Knebel extended his streak of relief appearances with at least one strikeout to 42 this season and 43 overall. Chase Headley strikes out. Make it 43 straight Corey Knebel appearances with … Read More

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It’s official, Texas has the best throwback uniforms in college baseball

Look good, play good. The Texas baseball team took that old cliche to heart in 2017, as some of its better performances came while wearing the best throwback uniforms in college baseball. At least, that’s according to the aptly named Twitter account Uniform Authority, which handed … Read More

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Corey Knebel extends MLB record, nears lead for strikeouts among relievers

Corey Knebel, former Longhorns reliever, came close to taking the league lead for strikeouts among relief pitchers as he struck out the side in Milwaukee’s 4-0 win over Baltimore on Wednesday. Knebel entered the night with 68 strikeouts, two behind Chris Devenski, before he added three more K’s to his … Read More

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Ex-Texas closer Corey Knebel finds out all-star status and gender of child

Once identified as a Longhorn, Eagle and Bear, Corey Knebel is now an all-star for the first time. He’ll also soon be a father. Knebel was selected on Sunday to play for the National League in next week’s MLB All-Star Game. A closer for Milwaukee, Knebel is 0-1 with a … Read More

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Texas adds McCallum pitcher Mason Bryant to its 2018 recruiting class

Texas has discovered a promising baseball prospect in its backyard. Late last week, UT received a commitment from right-handed pitcher Mason Bryant, a 6-5 senior-to-be at McCallum High School. That’s the same area school that produced former Longhorns standouts Kyle and Kevin Lusson. Bryant has been on McCallum’s varsity roster … Read More

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Boston draft pick decides to instead pitch at Texas this upcoming season

Donny Diaz announced earlier this week that he will play baseball at Texas in 2018. A right-handed pitcher who had previously signed with Texas, Diaz was drafted by Boston in the 23rd round of this month’s MLB amateur draft. Diaz has spent the past two years at San Jacinto Junior … Read More

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Nationally-ranked Texas in a good position on season-ending stat sheets

Thanks to Florida, Texas can finally put a bow on its 2017 baseball season. By claiming the College World Series with a 6-1 win over LSU, Florida closed out the NCAA’s Division I baseball season on Tuesday. Texas, which played its last game on June 5, can now see where … Read More

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Corey Knebel breaks strikeout record to start MLB season

Former Longhorns pitcher Corey Knebel broke the modern record for consecutive relief appearances with at least one strikeout to start the season in Thursday’s win over Pittsburgh. .@coreyknebel29 sets the modern @MLB record for relievers to start a season with his 38th consecutive … Read More

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Bohls: Finally, Skip Johnson gets his chance to shine as a head coach (at Oklahoma)

Skip Johnson has arrived. So what took him so long? Until Monday, when he was named the 10th head baseball coach in Oklahoma history, Johnson was a career assistant despite a highly successful run as a junior-college coach. To be honest, he was held back by school administrators who didn’t … Read More

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Corey Knebel on verge of breaking record to start MLB season

Former Longhorns pitcher and current Milwaukee Brewer, Corey Knebel, is on the verge of breaking a pitching record set in 2014 by Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds. .@coreyknebel29's 37 straight relief appearances with at least 1 K to start a season ties an … Read More

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Former Texas assistant hired to lead Oklahoma’s baseball team

Next season, Texas’ biggest rival will be led by an old friend. Oklahoma announced on Monday that Skip Johnson has been named its baseball team’s 10th head coach. Johnson served as Pete Hughes’ pitching coach at Oklahoma in 2016. Hughes resigned earlier this month. “It’s an … Read More

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Ex-Texas infielder Bret Boswell a finalist for Gold Glove award

Once a shortstop, Texas redshirt junior Bret Boswell was moved to second base for the 2017 season. It may have been a golden opportunity for the infielder. Boswell has been named a finalist for the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Award that will be given to the nation’s top second baseman. Playing … Read More

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Texas ex Stubbs making most of home with Express

Center fielder batting .308 and catching most everything. Some tweaks helping 32-year-old show new side to his game. Nine-year major league veteran also is an excellent golfer. Drew Stubbs relishes a return to the major leagues, but in the meantime it’s pretty nice to be able to drive to his … Read More

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Next baseball game for some Longhorns will be played in the minor leagues

The dominoes have started to fall at Texas. Eleven Longhorns and four Texas signees were taken in this week’s MLB Draft. A dozen of those draftees have collegiate eligibility remaining, so they have until July 15 to decide whether to start their professional careers or play … Read More

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Waiting game begins for Texas after MLB teams use draft picks on UT underclassmen

Texas had its name called a lot over the course of this week’s three-day, 40-round MLB amateur draft. Eleven Longhorns were taken, tied with Michigan for the most in the country. Was that, though, a good or bad thing for the Longhorns? Besides the 11 Longhorns — including eight who … Read More

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The 10 best Texas baseball MLB draft picks

Texas baseball has produced 31 Major League Baseball first-round picks, a few of these selections went on to great careers and some never made it to the show. Other players weren’t first-round picks, but still made it to the big leagues and played for decades. But who are the 10 best … Read More

Back in blue: Texas’ Morgan Cooper eager to sign with Dodgers, start his pro career

For Texas pitcher Morgan Cooper, it’s back to the blue. On Monday, the Longhorns right-hander was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 62nd overall pick of the MLB first-year player draft. The second-round selection means that Cooper, whose draft position is valued at $1 … Read More