The MLB draft is less than two weeks away and it’s safe to assume that Texas will be well represented.
It’s a baseball hotbed for high school and college players, and our area consistently has players selected in the higher rounds.
Some go on to flourish in the professional game and reach the big leagues, while some flame out. But that’s how prospects go.
Nobody knew what to expect from Noah Syndergaard coming out of Mansfield Legacy in 2010.
He was a tall right-hander who could light up the radar gun, but questions remained about how he’d handle the transition to professional baseball.
The Blue Jays rolled the dice on him with the 38th overall pick and that gamble has paid off. He helped land them reigning Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey from the Mets before the 2013 season, and now the Mets have high hopes for him.
Syndergaard, 21, has become one of the top pitching prospects in the game and is 5-2 with a 4.02 ERA in 10 starts at Triple A Las Vegas. He could reach the big leagues at some point this season.
But he isn’t the only Tarrant County player impressing in the minor leagues. Here’s a look at a five more locals who are getting closer to their big leagues dreams.
Milner is on a nice development track and is working on commanding the strike zone more. He has issued multiple walks in seven of his eight starts, and has a 24-to-20 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Muncy did miss almost three weeks with a broken left middle finger, but returned to the RockHounds lineup on Friday.
Kubitza, 22, has 57 strikeouts over 46 innings and would appear to be in line for a promotion at some point this season.
Witte has especially heated up in May, batting .375, and took a seven-game hitting streak into Saturday’s game.
And Hendrix hasn’t disappointed. He has shown an ability to play anywhere in the infield and is batting .313 with nine doubles, six home runs and 20 RBIs in his first 37 games at Class A Lake County.