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Kansas 3B Skyler Messinger is transferring to Texas

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With the selection of Cam Williams by the Royals, the Longhorns moved quickly to secure a replacement.

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The loss of third baseman Skyler Messinger by the Kansas Jayhawks is the gain of the Texas Longhorns, as the All-Big 12 second team honoree is transferring to the Forty Acres, according to Kendall Rogers of D1Baseball.com on Wednesday.

On Sunday, Messinger confirmed his decision.

As the 2021 MLB Draft unfolded, reports swirled connecting Messinger and Texas, so when third baseman Cam Williams was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 19th round with the No. 559 overall pick, Longhorns head coach David Pierce moved quickly to find his replacement with Williams certain to sign with the Royals.

A Colorado native from outside of Boulder, Messinger improved quickly after struggling at the plate as a part-time starter during his freshman season, hitting .280 with 16 doubles and three triples, before truly breaking out in 2021. The 6’3, 220-pounder led Kansas in batting average (.324), games played (56), games started (56), at bats (213), runs (43), hits (69), doubles (19), RBI (39) and slugging percentage (.460). At the end of the regular season, his 19 doubles tied for 12th nationally and complemented his 20 multi-hit games.

Messinger doesn’t have the home run power possessed by Williams with only six total in his career, but he does have gap-to-gap power and it’s possible that working with Troy Tulowitzki and the Texas staff can help unlock enough pop to turn some of those extra-base hits into home runs.

In any case, the Longhorns quickly found a one-year solution to the void at third base that Williams will leave and the overall ability of Messinger will ensure there’s not a drop off at the position. In fact, while Messinger won’t hit as many home runs or take as many walks as Williams, he cut down on his strikeouts significantly in 2021, so he’ll make contact more often.