Two Horned Frogs have been named to the Baseball America Top 100 prospects list, as first baseman Luken Baker and pitcher Sean Wymer made the cut in Tuesday’s reveal.
Baker, who was injured against Oklahoma in May of his sophomore season, causing him to miss the Frogs’ run to a fourth consecutive College World Series, batted .317 on the year with eight home runs and 41 RBIs in just 47 games. As a freshman, he hit .379 with 11 long balls and 62 RBI while starting all 67 games that TCU participated in, as well as pitching 47.2 innings. He is expected to be back to full health and starting at first base come the season opener. Known for his power, Baker can spray the ball to all areas of the field, hits to contact, and has an impeccable eye at the plate. Though his strikeout numbers were up as a sophomore, he still drew 40 walks, giving him 85 in his career. A work in progress early last season at first base, Baker improved immensely over the course of the year defensively, and should be solid in 2018. He is rated as the 17th best collegiate prospect in the country.
Sean Wymer burst onto the scene as a sophomore after an inconsistent freshman campaign, one that saw him post a 4.68 ERA in 32.2 innings of work across 16 total appearances, including two starts. Though he gave up too many home runs (five) he was among the strikeout leaders out of the bullpen with 39, setting the bar high for his second season. He would exceed expectations in year two, with a 2.10 ERA in 30 appearances, striking out 66 in 55.2 innings, while walking just ten opposing hitters and allowing a scant 13 earned runs. After a standout performance in Omaha, where he retired all six batters he faced against A&M to earn a save and had a two hit, five strikeout performance across 4 1⁄3 innings in a win over Louisville, Wymer was invited to be a part of Team USA, where he worked as a starter in anticipation of taking a starting role for TCU in 2018. Those accolades earned him a spot in the top 50 on BA’s list.
TCU kicks off their season on Friday, February 16th against Grand Canyon University, as they look to make a run at a Big 12 Championship, despite replacing the bulk of their starting lineup. Luken Baker and Sean Wymer will certainly be key cogs in fulfilling the team’s goals.