The fifth-year senior is making the most of his chance to shine. Landestoy is hitting .361 with 10 RBIs after starting 10 of the first 11 games. Only Josh Watson has more RBIs on the team.
Landestoy, the son of former major league infielder Rafael Landestoy, was redshirted in 2014 and then started just 31 games the past three seasons. Landestoy said learning from older players, especially that redshirt season, former TCU greats such as Kevin Cron, Cody Jones and Derek Odell, helped him prepare for this moment.
"Experience is a valuable asset to a player," he said. "For me, earlier in my career I had a lot of opportunities where I wasn’t always succeeding. Those were lessons learned that I brought to this year."
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One of those — going 0 or 20 in 2015 — helped shape his work ethic. Coach Jim Schlossnagle said being ready to produce as a senior isn't extra pressure on Landestoy. Pressure, Schlossnagle said, was having to sit on the bench.
"Or other times when he’s gotten to play, even though he played well, when the starter came back he sat on the bench," Schlossnagle said. "He’s being rewarded for being a great teammate for five years."
No. 7 TCU opens a three-game set at the Dodgers Stadium College Baseball Classic against USC at 8 p.m. Friday. They also play No. 11 UCLA and Vanderbilt on Saturday and Sunday.
The oblique strain to center fielder Johnny Rizer in the second game of the season has opened a spot for Landestoy, who has started six games as the designated hitter after starting the season with four starts at first base. Rizer could be out up to two more weeks.
"There’s no such thing as pressure for me," Landestoy said. "I know the work is done off the field, in the summer. It’s just up to me having fun and helping my team win. That’s all the matters to me."
Schlossnagle said the fast start for the Frogs' older players this season has been integral to the 8-3 start.
"If those guys swing the bat that well around Baker then we have a chance to be a better team," Schlossnagle said.
Five players, including four upperclassmen — Landestoy, Josh Watson, Luken Baker and Connor Wanhanen — have combined to account for more than half of the Frogs' 64 RBIs.
"Now he’s obviously a huge part of what we’re doing and he’s earned the right to have all this success," Schlossnagle said.
This weekend's competition, plus a game at Rice on Tuesday, is a good way for some of the less battle-tested players to get a sense of what to expect in the post-season.
"I just want to see our guys be able to handle that," Schlossnagle said. "These are opportunities for guys to learn how to handle that environment and that level of play. And so they can handle a Regional, a Super Regional or a Big 12 series when we have 7,000 people here."
Dodgers Stadium College Baseball Classic
TCU at USC, 8 p.m. Friday
TCU at UCLA, 9 p.m. Saturday
TCU vs. Vanderbilt (at Dodgers Stadium), 12:30 p.m. Sunday
TV: Pac-12 Network (Saturday's game only)