Jim Schlossnagles’ coaching tree continues to blossom, and his latest bloom is now a Cougar.
Former TCU Baseball great Kyle Winkler, who spent this past season as a graduate assistant with the program while he finished his degree, has taken a position as a volunteer assistant with The University of Houston. There, he will work as a member of Todd Whitting’s staff, who spent seven seasons at TCU prior to taking over his alma mater in 2011.
Winkler was a three year player for Jim Schlossnagle at TCU, earning all-conference honors twice, All-American honors once, and played on team USA. He was a starting pitcher beginning with his freshman campaign, going 7-1 in 14 starts as the Frogs made their first Super Regional in program history. As a sophomore, he was critical in taking TCU to their first College World Series, going 12-3 with a 3.39 ERA. He used an impressive junior campaign (8-2 with a 1.39 ERA and 99 strikeouts across 90.2 innings) to vault him into the tenth round of the MLB Draft, where he was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 304th pick. He spent six seasons in the minor leagues and one with an independent club before returning to TCU to complete his degree.
A native of Sugar Land, Texas, Winkler was a three-year letter-winner at Kempner High School. He earned participated with the 2006 USA Youth National Team that won the Pan Am Championships in Venezuela. Across his prep campaign, he garnered District Newcomer of the Year, District 23-5A MVP and All-State honors among others. After his senior season, Winkler was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 37th Round (Pick 1,118) of the 2008 MLB Draft, but chose to attend TCU.