Taylor Stell is a 6-foot-4-inch, 190 pound freshman from Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas. While at Lake Highlands, he had a combined batting average of .471 and was given All-District honors his sophomore and senior seasons. Taylor comes from a family of Longhorns. Graduates of the university include his father, mother, aunt, uncle, and grandfather. Stell played summer ball for the DBAT Mustangs where he stole 59 of 63 attempted bases and led the Mustangs to a Lone Star League Championship. The above video shows Taylor hitting a grand slam with a wooden bat and then stealing second and third base. For more highlights, check out Taylor’s youtube channel.
Monthly Archives: January 2012
Landon Steinhagen is a JuCo transfer coming to Texas from Howard College in Big Spring, Texas. During his time at Howard, Steinhagen batted .463 with 10 home runs, 26 doubles, 79 runs scored and 74 RBI. He was walked 34 times and had an on-base percentage of .550. During fall ball, Landon saw playing time as a DH, but he is also listed as a C/OF. In the game against Houston, he singled up the middle, scoring Christian Summers. Steinhagen is from Beaumont, Texas and has two remaining years of eligibility with Texas.
Sam Shaw is a 6-foot-1-inch, 205 pound infielder coming to the University of Texas from Austin High School in Austin, Texas. While at Austin High, Shaw played first base and was awarded First Team All District DH. He won the team award for highest on-base percentage and garnered 2010 Academic All District honors.
NCSA has a recruiting video of Sam available on their website.
Matt Moynihan joins the Texas squad as a junior transfer from Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. The 6-2, 195 pound JuCo standout batted .452, scoring 34 runs and bringing home 30 batters last season for OCC. Moynihan brings speed on both offense (10 stolen bases last year and 88 total in high school) and defense, most likely in left field for Texas. While at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego County, Moynihan was recruited by schools such as Stanford, LSU, USC, and ASU. His father, Tim, played college ball for Amherst. He spent his freshman season at San Diego before transferring to Orange Coast College. On joining Texas, Matt said, “I can’t wait to get there and I want to win a national title.”
Coach (Record at school): Augie Garrido (666-301-2, 15 years).
Postseason History: 55 regional appearances (active streak: 13), 34 CWS appearances (active streak: 1), 6 national titles (last in 2005).
Hitting: 45. Though the Longhorns ranked 224th in batting (.269) in 2011, they led the nation in sacrifice bunts (111), a perfect manifestation of Augie Garrido’s small ball credo. Three of UT’s top four hitters are gone (Brandon Loy, Tant Shepherd, Paul Montalbano), but leading hitter Weiss returns to anchor the lineup with his patient, line-drive approach. Texas hopes for breakout years from the hard-nosed Payton and fellow talented sophomores Felts, Walsh and Summers, all of whom must prove they are capable of carrying significant offensive loads. Marlow, like Payton, is a scrappy, high-energy player with surprising strength in his compact frame. Walla and Lusson have to put disappointing 2011 seasons behind them. Silver has a nice righthanded stroke.
Power: 30. Texas hit just 17 homers last year, and leading home run hitter Shepherd (five) is gone. Walsh is strong enough to increase his power output, while Weiss, Lusson and Marlowe will run into a long ball now and then, but don’t expect Texas to finish inside the nation’s top 250 in homers—especially playing its home games at cavernous UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The Longhorns rank ninth in triples and 29th in doubles last year, however, demonstrating respectable pop to the gaps.
Speed: 55. Though Walla is the lone true burner in the lineup, Texas has solid overall team speed. The Longhorns should run the bases well up and down the lineup.
Defense: 60. The ‘Horns excel defensively just about every year, but they’ll have their hands full replacing Loy at shortstop. They were hoping to land blue-chipper C.J. Hinojosa a semester early, but that plan fell through, leaving the talented but enigmatic Summers to handle the job. Marlowe should compete with the steady Jordan Etier—who was reinstated in January after being dismissed from the team in October for an arrest—at second, and the corners are strong. Felts has good catch-and-throw skills, and the outfielders cover a lot of ground.
Starting Pitching: 60. Taylor Jungmann and Cole Green—rotation mainstays for three years—are gone, but the cupboard is far from bare. Stafford has shown flashes of great promise in his career while battling bouts of wildness at others; at his best he pitches downhill with a low-90s fastball, a tight mid-70s downer curve and a decent 83-85 changeup. Milner’s calling card is his pinpoint command of an 86-92 fastball, solid changeup and curveball. Dicharry struggled through two lost seasons after his fantastic 2009 freshman year (8-2, 2.28), but he returned to form in the California Collegiate League last summer, working in the 90-92 range and showing a plus changeup and solid-average 11-to-5 curve. Electric Fr. RHP Ricky Jacquez flashes 97 mph heat and a hammer curve, while fellow Fr. RHP Parker French owns an 89-93 sinker and advanced changeup, giving Texas two more quality starter options.
Bullpen: 70. Knebel might be the nation’s premier closer thanks to an overpowering fastball that he commands exceptionally well and a mean streak. So. RHP Nathan Thornhill, who is similarly unflappable and has good command of a solid three-pitch mix, leads the supporting cast, along with Jr. RHPs Josh Urban and Kiefer Nuncio, who should be ready to shoulder bigger burdens in the middle innings. Fr. LHP Dillon Peters and Fr. RHP John Curtiss have front-line ability but are still refining their secondary stuff. Fr. LHP Toller Boardman gives this unit a key strike-throwing lefty.
Experience/Intangibles: 65. Six regulars and several key pitchers return from last year’s Omaha team. Garrido is a coaching legend who always seems to find ways to motivate his clubs and get them to buy into his effective style of play.
Baseball America OFP: 60. The lineup won’t scare anybody, and the defense doesn’t look quite as airtight as usual, but the arms and the system are capable of carrying Texas a long way.
Source: Baseball America
- Jordan Etier has been reinstated to the Texas baseball team. He will serve a four-game suspension to start the season and will not receive a scholarship. Jordan brings solid defense and experience back to the middle infield, and after losing Brandon Loy to the MLB draft, both are welcomed with open arms.
- Due to roster shifts and limits set by the NCAA, Keifer Nuncio and Dan Winkler are no longer with the team. Nuncio is reportedly focusing on studies and hopefully Texas fans will get a chance to see Winkler play in burnt orange next year.
- The annual Fan Appreciation Day & Alumni Game takes place on January 28 this year. Events include an autograph session, the chance to play catch in the outfield at the Disch, and, of course, a game between current and former Texas Baseball players. For more info, check out TexasSports.
- Season tickets are on sale now.
- A great Big XII Preview was put together on ShaggyBevo. Check it out to see what the rest of the conference is looking at this season.