After 2019 second baseman/outfielder Brett Baty and 2018 outfielder Korey Holland pledged to the Texas Longhorns on Wednesday night, David Pierce is now averaging exactly one commit every three days since he first landed Kamron Fields on July 14th.
The new Texas baseball head coach added a little flair to his final Twitter image, which is usually a text-less picture to signify a commit — a flame. And it’s true, Pierce is absolutely on fire.
So why is Pierce hitting the recruiting trail with such fervor? Though many would think that Pierce’s head coaching duties would first be tested in the spring of 2017 when his team takes the field, the foremost colossal task for the ex-Tulane head coach has been filling in recruiting classes that were virtually, or in the case of 2018, literally empty.
Augie Garrido is not to blame for why Texas had trouble recruiting for 2018 and onwards, but his situation is. The legendary coach had long planned to retire after the 2017 season (he was asked to step down this spring). That means recruits for 2018 and beyond had no idea who they would be playing for if they committed to the ‘Horns while Garrido was still in charge. Why pledge to a question mark when you could take your talents to Omaha attendees Texas Tech or TCU?
Once the recruiting wiz was hired to the 40 Acres, there was clarity. But Pierce still had to hit the recruiting to make things happen. And if the countless, ongoing Twitter images are any indication, he has.
So, with that said, here is what we know about the newest addition to the ‘Horns future baseball roster.
Brett Baty is about as local as it gets, as the 16-year old attends Lake Travis high school in Austin. In addition to having a fantastic, alliterative baseball name, Baty also has a great baseball frame — the left-handed hitter is already 6’1 and 180 pounds as only a sophomore in high school.
Baty also boasts a 4.0 GPA, according to Perfect Game. While this sounds trivial, many coaches value players who perform in the class room because they can earn partial academic scholarships. Since baseball only has 12 athletic scholarships to share amongst a team, this is a huge benefit.
Fellow Longhorn recent Jack Neely is also listed as having a 4.0 GPA on Perfect Game.
In this batting practice video, Baty clearly has pop off the bat, something the Longhorns have desperately needed the past two seasons. Unsurprisingly, Baty played varsity ball as a freshman for Lake Travis and has had a solid summer, too.
The new Longhorn was named “hitter of the game” for the Five Tool Showcase on July 7th after going 2-3 with a triple and two runs batted in. He also went 2-2 earlier in the week of the camp.
Baty plays summer and fall ball with the Clutch Cubs in Dripping Springs who have amassed a handful of college commits to Rice University, where David Pierce used to be an assistant coach.
Holland, a 5’11, 155-pound right-handed hitter out of Houston, was the second pledge of Wednesday night, which was announced within 30 minutes of Baty’s commitment.
The Langham Creek high school sophomore is the sixth commit for the 2018 class, and the first outfielder. He currently plays for two AAU clubs — Proway and the Texas Sundevils. The latter has developed four first round draft picks.
Holland is much smaller than other recent pledges Pierce has received for 2018— in fact he’s the only one under six feet. However, with his 155 pounds the 16-year old can generate hits. In the batting practice video below, Holland’s swing appears quick and concise as he makes contact with the ball.
Holland also is a corner back in football for his Langham Creek Lobos. He is the third Pierce commit to also play on the gridiron as Kamron Fields (‘17) and Alec Carr (18’) are both quarterbacks for their schools.
Holland was named to two World Wood Bat Association All-tournament teams this summer, both the 16U and 17U championships in July.
The outfielder should not be a draft risk and like Baty, also has a tremendous GPA — it’s listed as a 6.0 on Langham Creek’s 7.0 GPA scale.