In what seems like a perfect fit, senior third baseman Elliott Barzilli has been drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 28th round Wednesday.
Barz, originally from Los Angeles, began his collegiate baseball career at Georgia Tech, where he started 26 games at short stop, before matriculating to Fort Worth as a sophomore. In his first year on campus, Elliott batted .250 in 24 starts with one double, one triple, and two home runs. He made the majority of his starts at first base after an injury, and secured himself as a legend by hitting the game-winning single in the bottom of the tenth inning against NC State to lock up a Regional Championship and help TCU take their first step to another College World Series berth.
As a junior he made the move to third base, bursting onto the scene as an offensive powerhouse by hovering near the .700 mark for the first several weeks of the season. He would finish with a .339 average, starting all 67 games, driving in 48 runs and blast seven long balls as he slugged .518.
This past season, Barz became a fixture at third base, becoming on of the best up the line defenders in the Big 12. Routinely making the impossibly play look easy, Barzilli was a rally stopper and a run saver, enabling him to remain a key cog despite his early-season struggles at the plate. He finished the year hitting .243, but has been hot since the Big 12 Tournament, and hit his sixth home run of the year in the eighth inning on Sunday night’s CWS berth clinching victory over Missouri State.
Barz is one of five third basemen drafted by the Marlins this year, drafted in the 32nd round with pick #959. Watching how he improved himself in each of his three years in Fort Worth in one area or another, I have no doubt he will find success as he begins his Big League journey. Best of luck to Barz!!!