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By Caleb-Ryan Davis
KTSW Sports

Throughout the history of Texas State Baseball 51 players have found their way to the draft board, including just four a season ago. Former Bobcat Paul Goldschmidt, who notched his 500th career hit earlier last week, is the most successful Bobcat to make his way to the majors, but there are a number of other former players who are making an impact with their respective teams so far throughout the 2015 season. Here’s a quick look at where they stand today.

Austen Willliams, a pitcher with the Hagerstown Suns (The Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals), is having a good year through 3 starts on the young season. The Ft Worth native sits at 2-1 on the year but in his last start alone he pitched 6 innings, while allowing only 3 hits and striking out half a dozen. Williams has totaled up 15 strikeouts on the season and has only allowed 1 earned run.

Taylor Black hasn’t made an appearance yet, but at the end of last season the 26th-round draft pick had racked up 22 strikeouts in 34 innings pitched. He is still listed as active with the Grand Junction Rockies of the Pioneer league, which is the Rookie League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. He ended the year with a 3-1 record and a 2.65 earned run average.

Garrett Mattlage, who was drafted after the 2014 season, now plays shortstop with the West Michigan Whitecaps has played in 5 games early in the season but is just 2-17 on the year. He has scored a run for the Whitecaps but with 4 strikeouts and no walks, the 22 year old from West, has yet to find his stride that he was well known for in San Marcos.

Travis Ballew, who was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 23rd round of the 2012 Major League Draft, is still with the Corpus Christi Hooks. Ballew, at the moment has appeared in relief in three games this season and has a 2.84 ERA, and 6 strikeouts through 6.1 innings pitched. He’s given up 5 hits and allowed 2 earned runs.

Kyle Kubitza, a third-baseman with the Salt Lake Bees (Triple-A Affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels), is most likely the next former Bobcat to find his name on a Major League Roster soon. The 24 year old from Arlington, Texas is finally starting to find some consistent playing time at the highest level of the minor leagues. With the Bees this year, he has played in 12 games and is sporting a .415 average (.456 slugging percentage and a 1.098 on base percentage), with 8 runs, and 10 extra base hits. Kubitza would love to get his strikeout number down (15) and his number of walks up (4), but he’s putting together a solid open to the 2015 campaign.

Kyle Finnegan, playing in the minor leagues for the Oakland Athletics has started two games this season and has a 4.91 ERA. He’s pitched 11 innings, and has struck out 9 batters however he has given up 13 hits, and 3 home runs.

Carson Smith, a RHP pitcher with the Seattle Mariners, has yet to give up an earned run this season through 6.2 innings. He has walked 3, while fanning 9 on punchouts, including three batters against both the Angels, and the Athletics.

Other Notable Bobcats in Baseball:

Donnie Hart – Delmarva Shorebirds (Baltimore Orioles)

Jeff McVaney – Erie SeaWolves (Detroit Tigers)

Louis Head – Akron Rubberducks (Cleveland Indians)

Colton Turner – Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays)

 

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