Hopefully your Tuesday work day is a slow one, because there is a bunch of Tech news to catch up on.
The biggest news is the MLB draft that started last night. Two of Tech's high school signees were drafted in the top 15 picks. Josh Naylor was picked #12 by the Miami Marlins. Trent Clark was picked #15 by the Milwaukee Brewers. This means we won't have the chance to see them don a Red Raider uniform, but good for them and good pub for the Tech baseball team. Below is the Sporting News' analysis of each pick. Expect more Tech signees and current players to hear their names called over the next two days. (UPDATE: Another Tech signee was drafted in the second round last night. RHP Antonio Santillan from Arlington Seguin goes to the Reds with the 49th pick)
"Naylor has been one of the fastest-rising high school hitters over the last month, as scouts have bought more and more into the huge lefthanded power that he brings to the plate. He's cut down his swing-and-miss tendencies significantly over the past year as he's realized that he can hit the ball out of the yard to any field without sacrificing contact ability. Naylor is a good athlete for his size and has an especially strong throwing arm."
"Clark is a dynamic athlete who combines both strength and speed and has an advanced feel for the game. He hits lefthanded with a very unusual grip and hand position on the bat, but that hasn't kept him from hitting well over .500 both this spring and last summer and fall for the USA National 18U team. Clark has also shown an outstanding understanding of the strike zone and is a polished and skillful bunter, profiling him as a potential high-level leadoff hitter with above-average power for that role in a lineup."
The MLB draft continues later today and finishes up tomorrow. Texas Tech put together a nice piece about our history of draft picks. Link
This could fall into the baseball or basketball news, but we'll call it baseball. Tubby Smith throws out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers game. Link
ESPN talks about the Tech quarterback battle. They provide some pretty interesting stats. Link
The Orlando Sentinel ranks Tech #85 in the preseason ranking of all FBS teams. Their assessment is fair. I agree that turnovers could be the key to drastically improving the 4-8 record from last season. Link
The Sporting News put a list of their Top 10 Big 12 conference games of 2015. It is an interesting list. Unfortunately none of Tech's conference games made the list. Link
The athletic department is hard at work trying to find one more non-conference football opponent in 2018 to finish scheduling through the 2020 season. Link
Rule changes for the upcoming NCAA Men's Basketball season were approved on Monday. The best one in my opinion is the reduction in timeouts from five per team to 4 per team, one of which has to be taken in the first half. Link
Women's basketball is also undergoing rule changes including shifting to four 10-minute quarters instead of two 20-minute halves. Link
The Tech T&F team brings home 5 regional awards which tied Oregon for the most. Link
The Texas Tech soccer team released next season's schedule. Tech finished last season ranked #14 in the nation. They return 8 starters and expectations are very high again for Tom Stone's squad. Link
Corey Raley highlights from last season for your viewing pleasure.