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Monday Morning Manager

After a solid Friday, Tech takes series from the Frogs.

After a strong performance Friday, it looked as if TCU finally found the rhythm most were expecting to see this season. But after getting outscored Saturday and Sunday 22-4, it's looking a lot like last year's disappointing campaign.

Weekend In Review

The Good

Brandon Finnegan once again proved why he's one of the best pitchers in college baseball right now as he had another masterpiece Friday night. Finnegan finished Friday with 10 strikeouts, and gave up only three hits and two walks.

Maybe it's Finnegan's spark on the rubber, maybe it's playing under the lights, maybe the crowd's more into it, but TCU just looks better at the plate on Friday nights. TCU really got things rolling in the fifth inning, putting up a seven spot thanks to some solid work from Derek Odell, Keaton Jones, and the always effective Boomer White.

The Bad

I agreed with what Fungo said about this being the best coaching staff we've ever put out, and probably still agree for the most part, but the Frogs are once again showing they can't hit consistently. They showed signs of this early in the season, but they got away with it because they played teams like Jacksonville State. TCU's offensive flaws are becoming more apparent as they've seen better talent. Saturday and Sunday proved this.

Even with Morrison having an off day, you're not going to win many games only getting six hits. Tech got six in two-innings off Morrison. Equally disturbing, were the number of runners TCU's left on base Saturday.

Sunday was more of the same. Tyler Alexander was solid through four, but Tech broke it wide open in the fifth, scoring four. The Red Raiders put some salt on the wound in the sixth, adding five more runs to their lead, which made it 9-1 going into the seventh. The bats were more effective Sunday afternoon, as the Frogs collected 8 hits, but still failed to produce many runs. Once again, runners left on base was TCU's Achilles' heal; most notably in the 8th inning when TCU produced a nice two-out rally, but failed to come up with anything as they left the bases loaded.

Weekend MVP: Brandon Finnegan

Who says pitchers can't be MVPs? With 10 Strikeouts Friday night, Finny now has double-digit strikeouts in five of his six starts.

Weekend Cy Young: See above.

Because We Can: Keaton Jones

Jones is one of the best natural fielders I've seen, so to see him make some noise at the plate and on the basepath was really exciting. If Jones put on a little more muscle, he'd bring up more Chase Utley comparisons and would be a really intriguing draft pick. It's also no coincidence that Keaton wears "26" on his back just like Utley.

C'Mon Man: Preston Morrison

The inaugural "C'mon man" goes to one of my favorites, Preston Morrison. It pains me to do, but it only makes the future winners easier. Morrison, who was named a Pre-Season All-American, is now 2-4 and with a struggling offense, TCU needs the brilliant Morrison we've seen in the past more than ever. But allowing four runs, six hits, and two walks in two innings? C'mon man.

News and Notes

Former Frogs

As the MLB gets under way this week, I'll preview the Former Frogs a little more in depth.

TCU Recruiting

2016 TCU Baseball Commitments

Trey Morris
HS Positions: RHP

2015 TCU Baseball Commitments

Luken Baker
HS Positions: RHP, CIF, OF

Austin Boyles
HS Positions: RHP

Braden Comeaux
HS Positions: SS, IF

Durbin Feltman
HS Positions: RHP, C

Ethan Franklin
HS Positions: RHP, 3B, OF

Ryan Johnson
HS Positions: OF, IF

Dillon Meadows
HS Positions: RHP, IF

Devon Roedahl
HS Positions: RHP

Joshua Watson
HS Positions: OF, C

2014 TCU Baseball Commitments

Bradley Barnett (SIGNED LOI)
HS Positions: MIF, CIF, DH

Francisco DeJesus (SIGNED LOI)
HS Positions: 1B, OF, LHP

Drew Gooch (SIGNED LOI)
HS Positions: LHP, 1B

Preston Guillory (JUCO) (SIGNED LOI)
JUCO Positions: RHP

Jared Janczak (SIGNED LOI)
HS Positions: OF, RHP, IF

Tyler Kolek (SIGNED LOI)
HS Positions: RHP, IF

Matt Myers (SIGNED LOI)
HS Positions: RHP, OF, C

Connor Reich
HS Positions: RHP, OF, IF

Evan Skoug (SIGNED LOI)
HS Positions: C, IF, OF

Justin Twine (SIGNED LOI)
HS Positions: MIF, OF, RHP

Kenneth Cullen Vaught
HS Positions: IF, RHP, C

Austen Wade (SIGNED LOI)
HS Positions: OF, LHP

Connor Wanhanen (SIGNED LOI)
HS Positions: OF, IF