Texans earn Perfect Game USA preseason honors

STEPHENVILLE- The first set of preseason Western Athletic Conference honors has come to Tarleton’s doorstep.

Perfect Game USA released its conference preview on Friday. Senior London Green and junior Bryce Hackett were named to the publication’s All-Conference preseason team. The preview also included a list of top prospects and individual team breakdowns.

Green was named to the team as a utility player after serving as Tarleton’s daily right fielder during the 2021 campaign. The switch hitter earned All-WAC honorable mentions in 2021. He started all 54 games for Tarleton and reduced 0.314 / 0.398 / 0.468. He led the team with 60 hits and finished third in the WAC with 14 stolen bases in his first season of Division I baseball.

Hackett was one of four starting pitchers named to the team. The right-hander projects himself as one of the Texans’ best arms. He started 13 games in the 2021 season, shooting 68 innings with a 56/27 K/BB ratio. The 6-2, 195-pound Arlington showed real promise as he knocked out a season-high six batters and allowed no runs in a dominating seven-inning start to lead the Texans to a win over Utah Valley. .

Perfect Game writer Isaiah Burrows said Tarleton will enter 2022 “with some optimism thanks to a mix of attractive bats and weapons”.

The other two Texans mentioned in the team preview were a transfer pair, a junior utility player Carter Dobrinsky and second-year redshirt receiver Mason Crews.

Burrows said Dobrinksi, who comes to Tarleton from Fort Scott Community College, “is a loud bat with a lot of pulling power.” He hit .411 with a .490 on-base percentage in the 2021 season at Fort Scott.

Crews, who played three seasons at Kansas State, was described as “a standout player behind the plate with more growth in store on the plate.” He played in seven Big 12 games as a true freshman, hitting .273 with a double, a home run and two RBIs.

The breakdown noted that the freshman pitcher Kyler Menzel is “on the verge of having an immediate impact”. Mentzel spent four years at Alvin High School before being named District 23-6A MVP. He was ranked 61st overall prospect in the State of Texas by Perfect Game.

The Texans open their 2022 season with eight straight home games. The season opener against UTSA will take place on Friday, February 18. The first throw is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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