It’s going to be really hard for Shane Baz to turn down what could be a four million dollar signing bonus, but Gonzalez and Tyler Freeman could still possibly end up in Fort Worth. The Frogs have seen several top prospects matriculate to Fort Worth, so you never know.
But the 6-foot-3 Baz, who also hit .431 this season while playing third base and outfield, has called TCU his dream school and could decide to turn down a signing bonus of close to $4 million based on estimates by Baseball America.
Last summer, left-hander Nick Lodolo was taken 41st by the Pirates and opted to pitch at TCU. He started 15 games and went 5-1 with a 4.28 ERA in 73 2/3 innings for the Horned Frogs.
Jacob Gonzalez, a third baseman from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., who also has committed to TCU, was drafted with the 58th overall pick Monday by the San Francisco Giants.
Gonzalez is the son of former major leaguer Luis Gonzalez.
TCU commit Tyler Freeman, a shortstop from Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., was selected at No. 71 by the Cleveland Indians.
TCU and Florida will match up in game one - a contest that could be an epic pitcher’s duel. Meanwhile, the Aggies loom on the other side - because it’s the post season, and these two teams have to play each other, apparently.
The Horned Frogs will play either No. 3 seed Florida (46-17) or Wake Forest (43-19) at 6 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2.
The Gators and Demon Deacons were playing the deciding Game 3 of their super regional Monday night.
Texas A&M will face No. 7 seed Louisville (52-10) at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The bats have been inconsistent, but if the arms continue at this pace, anything can happen.
1. TCU is heading to Omaha with elite pitching that can beat elite hitting. The Horned Frogs have faced five of the country’s best hitters in the past two weekends — Virginia’s Adam Haseley and Pavin Smith, Dallas Baptist’s Austin Listi and Missouri State’s Jake Burger and Jeremy Eierman. The damage? Three hits, a home run, five walks and one run batted in. Eierman was 2-for-6 with a home run and two walks. The rest, 1-for-17, a walk and five strikeouts. TCU’s best pitchers — Jared Janczak, Brian Howard, Sean Wymer and Durbin Feltman — won head to head, convincingly, against the opposition’s best hitters. “Excellent collection of arms,” is how Missouri State coach Keith Guttin put it Sunday night.
It’s a stacked field in Omaha, as per usual, and the pitching could be some of the best ever.
No. 6 seed TCU advanced to the tournament in Omaha after winning the Fort Worth regional and beating Missouri State in the super regional. They'll face No. 3 seed Florida Sunday at at TD Ameritrade Park.
No. 1 national seed Oregon State (54-4) and their 21-game win streak will play No. 8 seed Cal State Fullerton (39-22) in the tournament opener Saturday. Later that night, No. 4 seed LSU (48-17) plays No. 5 seed Florida State (45-21).
Before TCU's game Sunday night, No. 7 seed Louisville (52-10) plays No. 2 seed Texas A&M (41-21) in the afternoon.