This kid is really, really special. His home run in the third inning was one of the hardest hit baseballs I've ever seen at the college level, outside of Curry's Grand Slam from a few years ago.
Baker took center stage Saturday, wearing the purple and white of TCU. And even though he is just a freshman beginning his college career, it is already readily apparent the kind of impact talent he possesses. Facing Rice, he threw six scoreless innings, holding the Owls to four hits and striking out seven.
Baker pitched six shutout innings, striking out seven, and topping his fastball out at 94mph. He was far from the only contributor to TCU's dominating win, however.
Cam Warner and Elliott Barzilli each had two hits and three RBIs. Dane Steinhagen knocked in two runs.
Both are great people for Boykin to have in his corner, and he knows it.
“I’ve been talking to Maurice,” Boykin said following his combine workout Friday. “Maurice has been doing FCA work. During fall camp he came to talk to the TCU football team and I watched the (ESPN) 30 for 30 (film) Youngstown Boys, so you see him go through his career and the things that he did for him to turn out so positive and do positive things.
“And then you’ve got guys like LT, who’s a legend really, so when you got guys like that in your corner, like I said, it’s surrounding yourself with positive people.”
It was a good meeting, according to Listenbee.
Listenebee was one of several prospects to speak favorably — and unprompted — about the time spent with McCarthy.
"It was a great experience meeting Mike McCarthy and all of them," Listenbee said. "...It was a cool environment to see hopefully my future coaches."
He ran a solid 40, and proved he's got great hands and body control during all of the receiver drills, likely locking him into the first round.
TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson was part of one of the early wide receiver groups at the NFL combine on Saturday, and he hasn't disappointed.
His 4.50 40-yard dash time was among the top half of his group, and he put his talents on display during the on-field drills.
Boykin commented on his willingness to make the move on Saturday, after working out as a quarterback at the NFL Combine.
“I’m totally open to it,” he said. “If you look at my college career at TCU, I bounced around from receiver to running back to quarterback, but my heart is at quarterback. It’s something I’ve been doing. It’s something I put up great stats at, something I’ve been doing for the past couple of years, almost my whole life, and I just happen to be a great athlete.”
Trent Johnson went the bland, uninspiring post game press conference route with this comment about why TCU lost.
Instead, the veteran coach laid out the most basic reason behind Baylor’s 15-point win.
“As hard as it is for me to say, they’re better than we are,” Johnson said. “Baylor’s a better basketball team. That’s just the way it is right now.”