On Monday evening, the Texas Longhorns signing class took a potential hit when Sugar Land Kempner pitcher Simeon Woods-Richardson was drafted in the second round by the New York Mets with the 48th overall pick.
I thank God above, and I can’t wait to be in the Mets organization! https://t.co/JX8Zklrif0— Simeon Woods (@simeon_woods) June 5, 2018
The draft slot carries with it an estimated signing bonus of nearly $1.5 million. Top high school prospects drafted that highly often choose professional baseball and forego the risk of injury or poor performance in college. Based on Woods-Richardson’s tweet, he might have already made up his mind.
The 6’4, 210-pounder underwent a massive growth spurt in high school that resulted in him growing a full foot and gaining 85 pounds. With a fastball that can hit 95 and three other pitches, Woods-Richardson became an intriguing major league prospect.
“Simeon is the No. 1-ranked right-handed pitcher in the state. He will pitch 90-93 and top out at 95. He is an extremely competitive kid that loves to pitch. He has the stuff to pitch on the weekend right now. He also is a very good hitter that could be a two-way player for us,” Texas assistant Sean Allen said when Woods-Richardson signed.
Unfortunately, the odds of Woods-Richardson utilizing that two-way ability in Austin now seem extremely low. He has until July 6 to make a decision about his future.