This team is largely unknown, but that's ok.
No one knows what to expect. Except that it will be mostly new. Veterans account for only 16 of the 34 roster spots. The rest are newcomers to TCU, including five expected in the opening night lineup, plus the starting pitcher.
TCU is the premier college baseball team in Texas. What they do this season will either reinforce that idea, or break it.
The gold standard in college baseball in this state used to be the Texas Longhorns.
But as the TCU Horned Frogs begin their season Friday night, they have beaten Texas eight of the last nine times they’ve played.
There’s a classy new locker room behind the Frogs’ dugout. And there’s that new Omaha logo on the left-field wall.
What can the Frogs possibly do for an encore?
Schloss has hinted at what the starting lineup will look like.
Schlossnagle said the Horned Frog lineup will look something like the following:
Wanhanen will man first base, while sophomore Evan Skoug will reprise his role as catcher. Senior Dane Steinhagen will shift from center field to right field.
Junior Elliot Barzilli, who hit the game-winning walk-off single to cap an eight-run comeback against NC State in the playoffs last year, will play third base. Junior Cam Warner will hold down second base after joining the Horned Frogs by way of Hill College. Senior Nolan Brown will play center field when he’s healthy.
The Frogs take on Loyola Marymount to open the season.
The 2016 TCU baseball season kicks into high gear Friday night when the Horned Frogs host Loyola Marymount for a three game series. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
Patterson commented that he's been an A/B student and has been staying far away from trouble.
“As far as any of those kind of things, there’s no concern,” Patterson said. “Everything he’s done — which has been great, because he was our scout-team quarterback — is not even worth a conversation because he’s been awesome.”
The defensive lineman received an offer from TCU on Thursday. The Frogs are the on him earlier than most schools, but Alabama and LSU have both already started recruiting the 3-star as well. He was hesitant to move to D-line from tight end, but a TCU connection convinced him to make the move.
"I really didn't wanna play defensive line at first," he said. "I wanted to be a tight end. But my middle school coach told me they put a lot of defensive linemen in (Division I), and his son had just went to TCU — James McFarland — so I said I'd give it a try and took it and ran with it."