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Friday Links O' War: June 6, 2014

Brandon Finnegan was drafted last night, and TCU is one day away from hosting Pepperdine in the Super Regional.

Royal night for TCU pitcher Brandon Finnegan | Fort Worth Star Telegram

TCU pitcher Brandon Finnegan was the 17th player selected Thursday in the first round of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player draft. The Kansas City Royals took Finnegan, who was drafted for the second time. The Texas Rangers took him in the 45th round out of Fort Worth Southwest High School in 2011 but he chose to attend TCU.

TCU enters Super Regional on nine-game win streak; Texas Tech, OSU highlight Big 12 turnaround | Dallas Morning News

A year after finishing seventh in its first Big 12 baseball season, TCU stands only two wins away from the College World Series.

Big 12 teams are two wins away from filling half of the CWS field | Fort Worth Star Telegram

The last time TCU made it to the NCAA Super Regionals the Horned Frogs were playing their last games as a member of the Mountain West Conference.

TCU pitchers have cracked the new bat code | Fort Worth Star Telegram

In 1974, the first aluminum bats were introduced to college baseball. And a loud, tradition-shattering ping was heard throughout the sport. In 2011, citing safety concerns, the NCAA rules committee removed whatever fun was left in the college bat.

TCU, Baylor dominate Phil Steele's preseason All-Big 12 team | Fort Worth Star Telegram

TCU placed a league-high four players on the first-team defense: defensive tackle Chucky Hunter, safety Sam Carter, safety Chris Hackett and defensive end Devonte Fields, an Arlington Martin graduate. Kickoff returner B.J. Catalon also received first-team acclaim for his special-teams efforts.

Pepperdine familiar with TCU, Lupton Stadium heading into Fort Worth Super Regional | Fort Worth Star Telegram

A year ago, the Waves practiced at TCU’s field in Fort Worth during a seven-game road trip in late February 2013. Pepperdine had just won two of three at Texas A&M and lost at Baylor before heading to Oklahoma for a three-game series in Norman, Okla., when they stopped at Lupton to practice.

TCU baseball coach shows how fast the guaranteed $$ of the MLB goes | Big Mac Blog

Every year, TCU baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle makes his best pitch to the high school kid who is torn between the desire to play pro baseball, take a guaranteed check, and attending school.

Marlins take powerful righty Kolek No. 2 overall | Lindy's Sports

The Marlins chose Tyler Kolek, a massive 6-foot-5, 260-pound right-hander from Shepherd (Texas) High School. There was much speculation they would select North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon, a Cuban-American who grew up in Miami and was taken third by the Chicago White Sox.

Speedy Twine goes to Marlins at No 43 |

"He's an extremely good athlete," Marlins vice president of scouting Stan Meek said. "He's very strong. Very fast. Very good bat speed. Way above-average bat speed. He's got power. We think he can stay in the middle of the diamond on the infield, either short or second. He fits a lot of things. Really good athlete with baseball skills."

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