On Tuesday, the signing class for the Texas Longhorns took a significant hit, as Houston Langham Creek outfielder Korey Holland signed with the Cleveland Indians, who had selected him in the 14th round, according to MLB.com’s Jim Callis:
14th-rder Korey Holland signs w/@Indians for $515k ($390k counts vs bonus pool). Texas HS OF, plus speed, solid CF, nice line-drive approach at plate. Texas recruit. @MLBDraft— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) July 3, 2018
Holland was expected to compete for a starting job at Texas this fall, as the Horns need some help in the outfield, despite the fact that two starters return. The speed and power potential of Holland made him a likely candidate to earn a role in left field or center field had he chosen to play for the Longhorns.
The Langham Creek product is the second signee to opt for professional baseball over playing for the Horns, joining pitcher Simeon Woods-Richardson, who was selected among the top 50 picks in the 2018 MLB Draft.