The hot recruiting start for Texas Longhorns baseball coach David Pierce continued on Friday with the pledge of Galveston College left-handed pitcher Blake Pflughaupt:
A member of the 2015 class at Columbus High School, Pflughaupt should be eligible to play for the Longhorns this spring, assuming that he was a full qualifier out of high school.
Pflughaupt received 4A All-State honorable mention honors as a senior outfielder for Columbus before pitching at Galveston College as a freshman.
Working mostly out of the bullpen, Pflughaupt was exceptional, posting an ERA of 2.65 in 71.1 innings pitched and 66 strikeouts. Just as remarkable was the fact that few opponents squared the ball up against him — the left hander only gave up one double, one triple, and home run.
If the Columbus product stays on the same track, he could quickly emerge as a late-inning option for the Longhorns in 2017, but he may have some upside as a starter because he’s left handed, can get strikeouts, and doesn’t give up extra-base hits.
In a worst-case scenario, he’s a match-up option out of the bullpen against left-handed hitters. In a best-case scenario, he’s a guy who could potentially emerge as a weekend starter if he can translate his game to the college level.