2020 Round Rock Classic Teams Conclude Their 2019 Campaign
The Houston Cougars concluded their season missing the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in the past six seasons. Despite an solid 32-24 overall record, and a conference record of 12-12, it was not favorable enough for the selection committee. Regardless of missing out on the postseason, the Cougars did have five players selected in the 2019 MLB Draft, including junior third baseman Jared Triolo, who was selected 72nd overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates. On the final day of the draft, the Cougars had four more players selected that consisted of three bullpen relievers and a first baseman. Expect head coach Todd Whitting to bounce back with his alma mater next year as he enters his 10th season reigning as the head coach.
Junior RHP Sean Brentz: Kansas City Royals, 15th Round
Senior 1B Joe Davis: Boston Red Sox, 19th Round
Junior RHP Fred Villrreal: Seattle Mariners, 25th Round
Junior RHP Devon Roedahl: Boston Red Sox, 27th Round
The Tennessee Volunteers finished their season at the 40 win mark for the season, making it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time under second year head coach Tony Vitello. Vitello showed mass improvement to the program, earning himself a contract extension through June 2024. Despite an exit in the Chapel Hill Regional, the Volunteers provided an excellent start to their season going 19-0 and propelled their way into the postseason for the first time since 2005. The Volunteers also had six players get tabbed in the 2019 MLB Draft, including third round pick, Andre Lipcius, going to the Detroit Tigers. The highest selected pitcher was Garrett Stallings, who is headed out west after getting selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fifth round. The right-handed Andrew Schultz was selected 180th overall by the Philadelphia Phillies and RHP Zach Linginfelter will be joining Stallings with the Angels organization after being drafted in the ninth round. The Vols had two more players selected on the final day of the draft as well.
Junior SS/UT Ricky Martinez: Arizona Diamondbacks, 18th Round
Junior OF Jay Charleston: Kansas City Royals, 26th Round
The Stanford Cardinal led by former alum David Esquer concluded their season in the Super Regionals against Mississippi State after winning their hosted Regional. The Cardinal achieved the 45 win mark as well as an impressive 22-7 conference record, which propelled them to their first Super Regional since 2014. The Cardinal faced tough competition throughout the Pac 12 conference facing off against top offensive programs such as UCLA, Oregon State, Cal and Arizona State. The Cardinal produced eight draft picks this season, including preseason All American and All Conference Kyle Stowers, who was picked 71st overall by the Baltimore Orioles. Lefty pitcher Erik Miller was chosen by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth round and Jack Little was selected one round later by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Most Outstanding Player of the Stanford Regional was catcher Maverick Handley, as he will join Kyle Stowers in the Orioles organization after being selected in the sixth round. The lengthy RHP Will Matthiessen was selected in the sixth round as well by the Pittsburgh Pirates. On the final day of the draft, the Cardinal had three more players selected.
Junior IF/OF Andrew Daschbach: Baltimore Orioles, 11th Round
Senior OF Brandon Wulff: Los Angeles Dodgers, 17th Round
Redshirt Junior IF Duke Kinamon: Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 24th Round
The Texas Tech Red Raiders had their most successful campaign in program history, finishing in the final four at the College World Series in Omaha, joining their Basketball program in a Final Four as well. the Red Raiders had a historic year in their athletic department, but much credit should be given to head coach Tim Tadlock, who is a proud alum of Texas Tech. Tadlock has won National Coach of the Year three times in his seven year coaching tenure with the Red Raiders. Tadlock has won two conference championships and has reached Omaha three times at the helm of the Red Raiders. Hailing from Texas Tech, the eighth overall pick of the MLB Draft went to All American third baseman Josh Jung, selected by the Texas Rangers. On the second day of the draft, three Red Raiders joined Jung by being selected. Sophomore Outfielder Gabe Holt was selected in the 7th round by the Milwaukee Brewers. Junior right handed pitcher Caleb Kilian was chosen by the San Francisco Giants in the eighth round and another righty by the name of Taylor Floyd will join Gabe Holt in the Brewers organization, as he was drafted in the 10th round. On the final day of the draft, the Red Raiders had another trio selected.
Senior RHP John McMillon: Detroit Tigers, 11th Round
Junior RHP Caleb Freeman: Chicago White Sox, 15th Round
Senior 1B Cameron Warren: Cincinnati Reds, 22nd Round