Losing Janczak is a blow to the pitching staff, for his leadership especially. Being without Porter Brown takes the Frogs’ athleticism on the base paths down significantly.
The freshman from San Antonio is dealing with a shoulder injury, and the latest is that there is “extensive damage.” Brown and his family will make the final determination how to proceed, but the best case scenario is Brown being ready in three to four weeks.
Brown’s season could be over too.
“We’ll see,” Schlossnagle said.
Brown’s injury is a blow to TCU’s lineup. He’s started 16 games this season, batting .279 with three doubles and three RBIs. He’s been successful on seven of eight stolen base attempts.
Brown earned Big 12 newcomer of the week honors for the week for Feb. 18.
As far as Janczak, the Frogs are shutting him down for the time being. He’s been battling with his delivery and arm angle coming back from multiple surgeries last offseason.
The Kats won’t have an answer for Bane if he makes it a priority to be the guy.
Get Bane the basketball: TCU’s leading scorer on the season (15.5 points per game) has seemingly found his stride entering the matchup with Sam Houston State. The junior guard has averaged 21.7 points per game in the Horned Frogs’ last three outings, highlighted by a career-high 34 points in the team’s regular-season finale vs. Texas on March 2. Even in the loss to Kansas State Thursday, Bane had the most points of any Horned Frog on the court with 16. If he keeps his numbers up vs. the Bearkats on Wednesday -- with some help from others scorers such as sophomore forward Kouat Noi and senior guard Alex Robinson -- TCU should be just fine.
TCU will need to continue to bolster the back end of the defense.
When asked about the Frogs, Thompson says he likes everything about the program but what stands out the most is the coaches and his relationship with them.
”They’ve got really good coaches and they’re atmosphere is real smooth; that’s what I like them,” Thompson said.
The Frogs are expected to take a small class in 2020 and although it will be a small class in general, there will still be a high emphasis on taking safeties. Thompson says the Frogs have told him he would definitely have a chance to come in and compete right away for early playing time.
”They said I’d play free safety and that’s real similar to what we play on defense at our high school so that’s why I like the way they play defense.”