Texas Tech baseball announced earlier today their JUCO recruiting class has been ranked #1 in the country by Perfect Game. The class consists of five recruits, four of which are pitchers.
First up is right handed pitcher Brandon Birdsell, from San Jacinto College (TX). Birdsell was drafted in the 39th round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros but decided to forgo the MLB to follow through with his commitment to Texas A&M, later leaving to transfer to San Jacinto College. Birdsell has clocked in his pitches in the upper-90’s and could find himself in the starting rotation when he joins the team.
Another pitcher, Miguel Obeso is a 280-pound right hander from Cowley College (KS). Obeso was also an MLB draftee (drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2019) who decided to forgo a professional career for college ball. Miguel possesses a strong sinker and has pitched into the mid-90’s. Obeso is a strong kid who could end up pitching relief for the Red Raiders.
The third pitcher in the 2020 class of junior college recruits is Chase Webster of Chandler-Gilbert College (AZ). Webster is a lengthy 6’3, who ranges his pitches from the low-mid 90’s. It would take some development, but we could see him later on in the rotation.
The fourth and final pitcher, Brandon Petix of Alvin Community College (TX) is a 6’6 left hander. Petix has a strong breaking ball and can toss the fastball from high 80’s to low 90’s. I could see Petix becoming a closer in the Red Raiders lineup upon his arrival.
Finally, Braydon Runion out of Walters State Community College (TN) is a 6’0 infielder who can also play in the outfield. Runion is a very strong hitter who had a batting average of .348, knocked 11 home runs, drove in 44 RBI’s and scored 51 runs last season. Runion also had 8 stolen bases. I could definitely see Runion coming in and being one of the strongest hitters on the team and being a vital part of the infield at third base.