Following a quick departure from the College World Series, Texas Longhorns baseball players got down to negotiating contracts with the major league teams that drafted them and three have already announced their respective departures.
First, it was Andy McGuire, who mostly pitched for the Longhorns in 2018, but was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays as an infielder:
What a ride.— Andy McGuire (@AMcGuire_1) June 21, 2018
If you’d have told me last year that I’d represent Texas in the 2018 @NCAACWS, I don’t know if I’d have believed you.
To my family, my teammates, my coaches, the @BlueJays thank you. Time to get to work
Best year of my life. I’m so proud to be a Longhorn. pic.twitter.com/7R1d9qOU2h
Then it was starting pitcher Nolan Kingham later on Thursday:
My time on the 40 Acres has come to an end but I’ll never forget it.— Nolan Kingham (@nolankingham) June 22, 2018
Playing at Texas has always been a dream of mine and I just wanted to thank my coaches, my teammates, and the fans for making this the best three years of my life!
Atlanta here I come! Hook ‘Em! pic.twitter.com/qjWsvhS1cq
On Friday, fellow starting pitcher Chase Shugart also announced that he’s giving up his final season of eligibility:
Second baseman Kody Clemens and reliever Josh Sawyer are also expected to announce deals in the near future.
In addition, signee Simeon Woods-Richardson, a pitcher, previously announced his signing with the Mets, but neither of the other two high school draftees are expected to skip college — pitcher Ty Madden and outfielder Korey Holland.