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Five more Longhorns taken in the 2017 MLB Draft

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The ‘Horns should be able to get most of these underclassmen back on campus.

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On the third day of the 2017 MLB Draft, five Texas Longhorns underclassmen were selected, including pitcher Tyler Schimpf, right fielder Patrick Mathis, pitcher Connor Mayes, left fielder Tyler Jones, as well as senior Jon Malmin.

Shimpf, a right-handed reliever, was picked in the 13th round by the San Francisco Giants. The California native appeared in 12 games as a junior and only allowed opponents to hit .180 against him in 17.1 innings. At 6’4 and 207 pounds, he has a projectable frame that helped him earn a 1.56 ERA in 2017.

In the 22nd round, the Houston Astros selected Mathis, a power-hitting outfielder with some significant potential. A leg injury limited him as a junior, which caused his batting average to drop from .297 to .245. However, Mathis still managed to hit seven home runs.

Two rounds later, the Kansas City Royals took Mayes off the board. The Lake Travis product was impressive as a freshman with a 2.58 ERA as a part-time starter and closer. Unfortunately, Mayes wasn’t able to build on that success over the last two seasons and struggled mightily in 2017 — he had an ERA of 6.00 in allowing 18 earning runs in only 27 innings. Walks in particular were a problem, as he gave up 16 free passes.

If Mayes feels that his struggles were simply a result of not meshing with David Pierce as his pitching coach, he may not return to school, as he has the pure stuff to have a professional career if he can regain his confidence and control.

Jones was also picked by the Royals, hearing his name called in the 29th round. Like Mathis, the lanky Jones wasn’t able to build on the promise he showed at a plate as a sophomore, with his average sliding from .300 to .243. However, he showed a strong command of the strike zone in drawing 36 walks. Jones also stole 14 bases, but will need to cut down on his strikeouts next season, wherever he plays baseball.

In the 31st round, the Los Angeles Angels selected senior left-hander Jon Malmin, who had a 4.30 ERA in 10 relief appearances in 2017.