Monthly Archives: June 2009

Mattox to transfer from Texas State

The Texas State women’s basketball team will be without Gabriell Mattox next season. Mattox transferred from the program and will play for Oklahoma Baptist.

She led the Bobcats in scoring last season with 12.1 points per game (15.2 ppg. in conference action). This will be Mattox’s third school change. She played for Texas, Texas State and now Oklahoma Baptist.

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Harrington talks about the draft…

  • Texas State head baseball coach Ty Harrington wasn’t surprised about Paul Goldschmidt and Ben Theriot’s decision to sign professional contracts.
  • “I got the feeling they both wanted to pursue baseball professionally,” Harrington said. “I told both of them that if professional baseball is what they chose to do, I was in full support of them.”
  • Goldschmidt signed a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, while Theriot inked with the Kansas City Royals.
  • Goldschmidt’s departure leaves a huge hole in the Texas State lineup and infield, as he takes away 18 home runs and 88 RBIs from the Bobcats. As of right now, Harrington isn’t sure who will be able to fill his spot in the lineup.
  • “Obviously, you hope one of the players we have right now can pick up where Paul left off, but that’s going to be tough,” Harrington said. “You can just go out and replace the highest-awarded player in the history of this program. We’re out looking across the countryside for a replacement, but players of Paul’s caliber just don’t fall into your lap over the summer.”
  • Harrington is high on Kyle Kubitza to be the power bat to fill Goldschmidt’s place next season.
  • Texas State isn’t as hurt as much by Theriot’s departure, yet it will be a sizable hole. Theriot was a stalwart behind the plate and posted a .982 fielding percentage. The Bobcats still have Jordan Kopycinski returning next season.
  • “To replace two of your best players is obviously difficult,” Harrington said of Goldschmidt and Theriot. “You wish you had them for their senior seasons, since it takes seniors to win championships. Yet, it’s a great indicator of your coaching staff and program when you have players picked in the draft.”

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Goldschmidt and Theriot to sign pro contracts

Texas State baseball fans, get used to seeing different faces at first base as well as behind the plate next season.

Paul Goldschmidt and Ben Theriot will both sign professional contracts and forgo their senior seasons. Goldschmidt will ink a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, while Theriot will sign with the Kansas City Royals.
Theriot’s exact words were, “I’m doing it.” When asked if he knew about Goldschmidt, Theriot replied, “We’ll both be signing soon.”

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Players find out about the draft their own separate ways…

If you think it’s pretty cut-and-dry how college baseball players know if they’ve been picked in the MLB First Year Players Draft, you’d be mistaken.

While some may sit in front of a computer screen all day, that’s far from how Paul Goldschmidt, Ben Theriot and Kane Holbrooks found out.
Goldschmidt had watched the first three rounds of the draft Tuesday afternoon, but didn’t want to watch any more the next day. He locked himself in his room and heard his father’s booming voice saying, “Paul, you just got drafted to the Arizona Diamondbacks.”
Two minutes later, Goldschmidt was talking with the regional scout from Arizona, congratulating and welcoming him to the organization.
Theriot, like Goldschmidt watched the first three rounds, but couldn’t take it any longer. He left his place in San Marcos Wednesday afternoon to drive back to Houston to be with his family. Theriot was an exit away from home on I-10 when his father informed him he had been picked by the Kansas City Royals.
Holbrooks didn’t even know he would be drafted. He knew Goldschmidt and Theriot were picked, but wasn’t sure of his own selection.
Holbrooks was getting ready for a fishing trip when he got a call from an unknown number. He said he thought, “It was one of those numbers when they offer you a free vacation. I get plenty of those calls.”
It’s a good thing Holbrooks answered, since it was the Minnesota Twins, offering him a little bit more money than a vacation would be worth.
Holbrooks will sign with the Twins, but Goldschmidt and Theriot are still undecided.

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Kane Holbrooks goes to the Minnesota Twins

Kane Holbrooks was selected in the 21st round by the Minnesota Twins in the 2009 MLB First Year Players Draft.

Holbrooks went 10-1 with a 3.29 ERA this season for the Bobcats.

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Ben Theriot drafted by the Kansas City Royals

Texas State junior catcher Ben Theriot was drafted by the Kansas City Royals with the 272nd pick in the 2009 MLB First Year Players Draft.

It comes as a surprise to many that he was drafted that high. Experts, such as Jim Callis of Baseball America, said he would be a late-round pick.
Theriot joins Paul Goldschmidt as the first two members of the Bobcat baseball team to be drafted.

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Paul Goldschmidt drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks

Texas State junior first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 246th pick of the 2009 MLB First Year Players Draft. Goldschmidt went to Arizona in the 8th round.

According to Baseball America writer Jim Callis, that’s right where Goldschmidt was expected to go. He said guys were “high on Goldschmidt’s bat” and he was projected to go between the 6th and 10th rounds.
Be on the look out for quotes from Goldschmidt.

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Scouting the 2009 MLB First Year Players Draft

I had a chance to trade a few e-mails with Jim Callis of BaseballAmerica. We discussed the possibility of several Texas State players being selected in the 2009 draft.

He said “guys are high on Goldschmidt’s bat” and he’s expecting him to “fall in somewhere around the 6th-10th round.” Goldschmidt led the Bobcats in home runs and RBIs last season with 18 and 88, respectively.
Callis said Theriot’s chances aren’t as good, even though he came on strong late in the season. Scouts “aren’t as high on Theriot” and expect him to be selected in the “very late rounds.”
No mention of Kane Holbrooks, Spenser Dennis or Lance Loftin.

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