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Checking in on TCU Baseball’s recruiting class after the MLB Draft

The Frogs have one of the top classes for 2021, and it’s almost completely in tact after the MLB Draft.

2021 Major Leauge Baseball Draft Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Baseball recruiting is a different beast at the collegiate level simply because schools are also competing with pro teams for the best talent. TCU has been burned by this as frequently as any team - just look at this list of commits who never made it to campus because of the MLB Draft.

TCU Recruits Drafted Out of High School

Name Year Draft Round MLB Team
Name Year Draft Round MLB Team
Carter Baumler 2020 5 Baltimore Orioles
Quinn Priester 2019 1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Cole Winn 2018 1 Texas Rangers
Alek Thomas 2018 2 Arizona Diamondbacks
Mateo Gil 2018 3 St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Kloffenstein 2018 3 Toronto Blue Jays
Shane Baz 2017 1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Jacob Gonzalez 2017 2 San Francisco Giants
Tyler Freeman 2017 2 Cleveland Indians

2021 was no different for the Frogs, with one of their top recruits getting scooped up by a pro team. The Baltimore Orioles scooped up Aledo catcher Creed Willems in the 8th round.

Rated by Perfect Game as the No. 130 recruit and No. 9 catcher overall in this class (and the No. 13 player overall in Texas), Willems will now decide between a ~$187,700 signing bonus with Baltimore or a minimum of two years at TCU. If you’re curious about which way most recruits lean, check this stat out:

Sure - Willems could buck the trend and come to Fort Worth (and TCU fans should celebrate big time if that happens), but we also can’t blame him if he takes the money and the change to play in the pros.

Fortunately for the Frogs, unlike the 2017 and 2018 seasons, Willems was the only Frog recruit to be drafted. Several other recruits - specifically Thomas Dilandri and Caedmon Parker - weren’t drafted despite being top 100 prospects heading into the week. While Dilandri never came out and said he was fully intending on going to TCU, Parker withdrew from the draft and reaffirmed his commitment to the Frogs.

Other top recruits in the 2021 class like Gray Thomas and Hunter Teplanszky will make it to campus as well, assuring that the majority (if not all, depending on Willems’ decision) of TCU’s Top 15 recruiting class will be in Fort Worth next season.

To view TCU’s full class, check out the list at Perfect Game.