Cedar Park right-handed pitcher Cole Quintanilla announced on Twitter Monday that he will continue his baseball career with the Texas Longhorns. Quintanilla is a 6'4, 205-pound rising high school senior who has a fastball pushing 90 miles per hour, and also plays first base. He is David Pierce's second Texas commitment, and the seventh pledge for the Longhorns overall.
I am happy to say I have committed to the University of Texas and I am excited to be a Longhorn! pic.twitter.com/e783rPidP6— Cole Quintanilla⚾️ (@ColeQuintanilla) July 18, 2016
Quintanilla is rated as the 500th-ranked overall prospect for the class of 2017, and the 16th-best right-handed pitcher in Texas. In football terms, the righty wouldn't be a five-star recruit, but most blue-chip players forego the college game to sign pro contracts anyways (see former 2016 commits Kyle Muller, Mason Thompson, and Conner Capel) -- Quintanilla is in the sweet spot of being a talented player who will likely not be an early round MLB draft pick out of high school, barring a breakout senior season.
The local prospect was a much-needed add for the 'Horns, because he was only Texas' second pitcher committed for the 2017 class, and the first right-handed arm. The 17-year old originally pledged to Missouri in the summer of 2015, but decommitted on July 15th. As the saying goes, don't let David Pierce on your couch.
Quintanilla recently made the cut for the Texas Rangers' Area Code roster. The prestigious event will feature prospects competing for eight MLB represented teams in Long Beach, California starting on August 6th. Last year's Texas Rangers Area Code team featured four Longhorn signees, including Gatorade Player of the Year Kyle Muller, who was the 44th overall pick in the 2016 MLB draft.
Pierce and company are clearly hitting the recruiting trail in full force in an attempt to make up lost ground for the class of 201. Just four days ago, Pierce landed speedy, power-hitting outfielder Kamron Fields, who decided to focus on baseball, though he was also a three-star dual-threat quarterback with double digit offers.