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Texas baseball lands 2019 LHP Sam Walbridge

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The San Antonio native has the valuable combination of size and left-handedness.

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Texas Longhorns baseball only had two left-handed pitchers on the roster a season ago, but it looks like David Pierce is developing the Longhorns into a more southpaw heavy team.

Class of 2019 left-handed pitcher Sam Walbridge announced Wednesday evening on Twitter that he has committed to Texas.

The San Antonio native stands at 6'4, 180 pounds. According to NCSA Sports, Walbridge's fastball maxes out at a solid 86 mph. He also throws a change up and breaking ball.

"My dream has always been to play at a very high level collegiately," Walbridge wrote on his NCSA online recruiting profile. "I bring an energy and a work ethic that has been beneficial to every team I have been on."

Walbridge is the second 6'4 pitcher Texas has landed this week, after RHP Ty Madden committed on Monday.

Though Ty Madden is a top 100 recruit, Walbridge appears to be more of a project for Pierce and staff.

Walbridge made six appearances on the mound as a sophomore for St. Mary's high school's varsity team in 2017, and threw for a 7.54 ERA, according to Max Preps.

Despite being potentially raw, Walbridge's size and left-handedness make him a valuable asset for the 'Horns.