Four years ago, the Texas Rangers picked Hans Crouse in the second round of the amateur baseball draft.
The Rangers gave the high school pitcher from California a million-dollar-plus signing bonus that marked him as one of the team’s big hopes for the future.
Tuesday night, the 22-year-old Crouse pitched at the Double-A level for the first time as the Frisco RoughRiders’ starter against the San Antonio Missions at Wolff Stadium.
In his first game since Aug. 26, 2019, the 6-foot-4 right hander pitched one inning and retired the Missions in order while striking out one batter. According to the Prospect Times, Crouse threw 11 pitches, with eight of them strikes.
The Rangers already had another pitcher warming up when the game started, so it looks like the one-inning appearance was part of the team’s plan.
Crouse pitched in 19 games in 2019 in Class A ball, despite reportedly dealing with bone chips in his elbow. He recorded a 6-1 record with a 4.41 ERA. His last game before Tuesday night was August 26, 2019.
With the NFL draft less than a month away, I’m trying to figure out what the Dallas Cowboys will do – especially with their first pick at No. 17 overall.
Most of the NFL mock drafts have the Dallas Cowboys taking a defensive back with their first pick, No. 17 overall. The favorite is cornerback C.J. Henderson from Florida. Also seeing LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton and Alabama safety Xavier McKinney. Alabama safety Xavier McKinney – YouTube video
I’ve seen a couple of NFL mock drafts that have the Dallas Cowboys taking an edge rusher with the first pick, No. 17 overall – either K’Lavon Chaisson from LSU or A.J. Edpenesa from Iowa. LSU edge K’Lavon Chaisson – YouTube video
If I’m the Dallas Cowboys, I don’t pick an edge rusher in the first round unless I believe your player is a real game-changer. There will be a lot of edge rushers available in the second round.
There are three receivers in the NFL draft who are rated above everyone else: Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb, Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Alabama’s Henry Ruggs. Expect all three to be gone before the Cowboys pick at No. 17. Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb – YouTube video
I would love to see Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs available for the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL draft. Doesn’t seem likely he is still around at No. 17. Most mock drafts I have seen have him picked in the top 10 and even the top 5. Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs – YouTube video