Texas Longhorns outfielder signee Petey Halpin was selected 95th overall by the Indians during the 2020 MLB Draft on Thursday and joins Carson Tucker as the second Longhorns signee to be drafted by Cleveland.
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Born in San Mateo, California, Halpin spent his senior year at Mira Costa High School after playing three years for St. Francis.
Halpin is the only outfielder in David Pierce’s 2020 recruiting class, which finished ranked first overall, according to Baseball America.
“Getting drafted and becoming a professional baseball player is obviously my main goal and a dream of mine,” Halpin told the Baseball Prospect Journal. “But at the same time, I wouldn’t be happier if I go to college and getting to the national championship with the Texas Longhorns. For me, what happens, happens, and I’m going to be stoked either.”
The left-handed hitter was originally committed to UCLA but de-committed last summer and announced his decision to join Texas in September.
“He can flat-out hit and is a very good defender in center field,” Pierce said when Halpin signed. “[Halpin] will have a chance to compete in the outfield as soon as he arrives on the Forty Acres.”
If Halpin decides to join the big leagues, he will leave Pierce with a potentially depleted outfield. Only four outfielders were listed on the 2020 roster with two of them — Duke Ellis and Austin Todd — being seniors.
Halpin joins Tucker, Jared Jones and Jared Kelley as the four Texas signees to be selected thus far in the 2020 draft.
The approximate pick value of that draft slot is $610,080, but due to some signability concerns, Dustin McComas of Orangebloods reports, Halpin may demand above the slot value. Unfortunately for Texas, Cleveland saved money earlier in the draft that it can spend on signing Halpin.