Flying Chanclas gather to prepare for 2020 TCL season

Flying Chanclas de San Antonio manager John McLaren does an interview on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Flying Chanclas de San Antonio manager John McLaren does an interview on Thursday at Wolff Stadium.
For the first time in a long time, there are signs of an upcoming season at Wolff Stadium.

The Flying Chanclas de San Antonio spent Thursday morning practicing and meeting the local media with the 2020 Texas Collegiate League opener just five days away.

The Chanclas, the entry of the San Antonio Missions in the TCL, are made up primarily of players who have ties to local college or high schools.

Former major league manager John McLaren is managing the team.

The Chanclas open the season on the road Tuesday in Amarillo. The first home game at Wolff Stadium is Friday, July 3.

Flying Chanclas 2020 TCL roster

Updated on June 24, 2020

NO. PITCHERS (16) B/T HT. WT. BORN HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL 2020 COLLEGE/2021 COLLEGE
– 32 DeLeon, Zach R/R 6-0 205 6/22/99 Hondo, TX Hondo UTSA/UTRGV
– 47 Egli, Garrett R/R 6-4 215 7/29/98 San Antonio, TX Smithson Valley Sam Houston State/Sam Houston State
– 16 Flores, Tyler L/L 6-1 195 2/16/99 San Antonio, TX Clark A&M-Kingsville/A&M-Kingsville
– 30 Garza, Logan R/L 5-11 180 1/6/99 Round Rock, TX Stony Point Our Lady of the Lake/Our Lady of the Lake
– 28 Guajardo, Arturo R/R 6-2 200 4/3/97 Laredo, TX United Laredo UTSA/UTSA
– 1 Jaramillo, Kobe R/R 5-10 174 6/1/01 Bishop, TX Bishop UTSA/UTSA
– 18 Klosowski, Derek R/R 6-1 198 10/6/00 San Antonio, TX Madison Midland JC/Midland JC
– 23 Krob, Austin L/L 6-3 215 9/20/99 Lisbon, IA Lisbon TCU/TCU
– 11 Lusk, Lance R/R 6-1 185 9/5/98 Spring, TX Spring Sam Houston State/Sam Houston State
– 4 Panatex, Johnny R/R 5-8 175 2/3/98 Pflugerville, TX Pflugerville St. Mary’s University/St. Mary’s University
– 38 Perez, Marcelo R/R 5-11 180 11/16/99 Laredo, TX John B. Alexander TCU/TCU
– 14 Ramirez Jr., Jaime L/L 5-11 190 3/17/99 San Antonio, TX Holy Cross of San Antonio A&M-Corpus Christi/A&M-Corpus Christi
– 10 Schmidt, Connor R/R 6-7 185 7/27/99 Devine, TX Devine St. Mary’s University/St. Mary’s University
– 40 Sesler, Matthew L/L 6-5 230 11/29/99 Harlingen, TX Harlingen A&M-Kingsville/A&M-Kingsville
– 6 Stevens, Kevin R/R 6-2 215 1/26/98 Tucson, AZ Cienega UTRGV/UTRGV
– 21 Threadgill, Riggs R/R 6-4 220 9/14/99 Fredericksburg, TX Fredericksburg McLennan CC/McLennan CC

NO. CATCHERS (2) B/T HT. WT. BORN HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL 2020 COLLEGE/2021 COLLEGE
– 45 LaRue, Tyler R/R 6-1 220 7/12/00 Kendalia, TX Blanco Rice/Grayson
– 26 Wolff, Nick L/R 6-3 200 5/28/99 Klein, TX Northside Homeschool Blinn/UTSA

NO. INFIELDERS (9) B/T HT. WT. BORN HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL 2020 COLLEGE/2021 COLLEGE
– Barry, Leyton L/R 6-2 190 7/18/00 Houston, TX IMG Academy (FL) UTSA/UTSA
– 27 Flores, Ryan L/L 5-11 210 6/24/99 Corpus Christi, TX Carroll UIW/UIW
– 9 Gonzales, Brandon R/R 6-3 165 4/17/01 San Antonio, TX Madison Grayson/Grayson
– 15 Gonzales, Garrett L/R 6-0 195 7/13/98 San Antonio, TX Madison Mary Hardin-Baylor/Mary Hardin-Baylor
– 2 Hernandez, Johnny R/R 5-9 190 7/26/97 El Paso, TX Montwood St. Mary’s University/St. Mary’s University
– 19 McDowall, Peyton R/R 6-3 220 6/28/99 Cibolo, TX Clemens Connors State/Connors State
– 33 Shepherd, Conner L/R 6-1 215 5/21/97 Upland, CA Upland TCU/TCU
– 17 Smith, Grant R/R 6-0 185 10/2/00 Albuquerque, NM St. Pius X UIW/UIW
– 24 Thomas, Lee L/L 6-2 210 12/16/97 Katy, TX Cinco Ranch UIW/UIW

NO. OUTFIELDERS (3) B/T HT. WT. BORN HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL 2020 COLLEGE/2021 COLLEGE
– 12 Brown, Porter L/L 6-0 195 8/7/00 San Antonio, TX Reagan TCU/TCU
– 25 McDonald, Kyte R/R 5-10 185 7/5/00 San Antonio, TX Antonian College Prep Mississippi State/Mississippi State
– 8 Thompson, Jordan R/R 5-9 165 8/31/00 Boerne, TX Boerne-Champion Grayson/Texas A&M

7 Manager – John McLaren
Pitching Coach – Calvin Schiraldi
20 Hitting Coach – Bryan Aughney
Clubhouse Manager – Jason Schweinsberg

Chanclas sign four area players

The Flying Chanclas de San Antonio on Saturday announced the signing of four more players with ties to South Texas for the 2020 Texas Collegiate League season.

OF Kyte McDonald, Mississippi State, Antonian
OF Jordan Thomas, Grayson College, Boerne Champion
C Tyler LaRue, Rice, Blanco
P Jaime Ramirez Jr., A&M-Corpus Christi, Holy Cross

McDonald signed with Mississippi State but does not show up on the team’s statistics for this spring.

Thompson batted .435 with five home runs in 29 games this season at Grayson.
LaRue, a 38th-round draft pick by Washington in 2019, played in 10 games at Rice this season and batted .143 in 21 at-bats.

Ramirez pitched in seven games and had a 3.21 ERA this season at A&M-Corpus Christi.

Chanclas add three from St. Mary’s

St. Mary's infielder Johnny Hernandez has signed with the Flying Chanclas for the 2020 TCL season. - photo by Joe Alexander
St. Mary’s infielder Johnny Hernandez has signed with the Flying Chanclas for the 2020 TCL season. – photo by Joe Alexander
The Flying Chanclas de San Antonio announced Friday they have signed three players from St. Mary’s for the 2020 Texas Collegiate League summer baseball season:

P Connor Schmidt, Devine
P Johnny Panatex, Pflugerville
IF Johnny Hernandez, El Paso

Panatex made eight appearances, all in relief, during the abbreviated 2020 college season. He had a 2-0 record and a 2.25 ERA.

Schmidt appeared in eight games with one start. He had a 0-1 record with a 5.11 ERA.

Hernandez batted .299 in 22 games with a team-high three home runs.

The Flying Chanclas are the San Antonio Missions’ entry in the TCL.

Chanclas sign three UIW players

The Flying Chanclas de San Antonio announced on Friday they signed three players from Incarnate Word for the 2020 Texas Collegiate League season:

SS Grant Smith, Houston, St. Pius
1B Ryan Flores, Corpus Christi, Carroll
IF Lee Thomas, Katy, Cinco Ranch

Smith led Incarnate Word in batting at .339 in 16 games for the abbreviated 2020 season. Thomas was second on the team in batting with a .328 average. Flores batted .270.

The Chanclas are the entry of the San Antonio Missions for this summer’s college baseball season.

Chanclas sign four TCU players

The Flying Chanclas de San Antonio announced on Thursday they signed four TCU players to 2020 Texas Collegiate League summer baseball roster:

IF Conner Shepherd, Upland, Calif.
OF Porter Brown, San Antonio, Reagan
P Marcelo Pered (RH), Laredo
P Austin Krob (LH), Lisbon, Iowa

The Chanclas are the TCL entry of the San Antonio Missions.

Also on Thursday, the Round Rock Hair Men announced their 2020 TCL roster, including two players from San Antonio colleges:

P Luke Malone, UTSA, Round Rock
IF Kendall Achilles, Incarnate Word, Cedar Ridge

UTSA pitcher Luke Malone has signed to play for the Round Rock Hairy Men for the 2020 TCL season. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA pitcher Luke Malone has signed to play for the Round Rock Hairy Men for the 2020 TCL season. – photo by Joe Alexander

Flying Chanclas add four UTSA players

The Flying Chanclas de San Antonio announced Wednesday that they added four UTSA players for 2020 Texas College League summer baseball season:

IF Leyton Barry, Houston
IF Garrett Poston, Alvin Community College
C Nick Wolff, Blinn College
P/IF Kobe Jamarillo, Bishop TX

The Chanclas are the summer college team of the San Antonio Missions and play their home games at Wolff Stadium. The Chanclas open the TCL season on the road on June 30 and play their first home game on July 3.

Flying Chanclas college team announces field staff of McLaren, Schiraldi, Aughney

Former Seattle Mariners manager John McLaren will be the manager for the 2020 Flying Chanclas de San Antonio.

The Chanclas are the San Antonio Missions’ entry in the Texas Collegiate League of summer baseball.

“I’m very excited to take part in the TCL,” McLaren said in a release by the Missions. “I’ve experienced a lot things as a baseball coach in my career and look forward to starting a new chapter.

“It’s great to be back in Texas, where I can’t wait to see a lot of old friends. I’ve always loved my time in San Antonio. It’s a great city and was a pleasure to come to Wolff Stadium during my scouting days. Burl (Yarbrough, Missions president) and the staff always made me feel at home. It’s a great venue to watch baseball.”

McLaren is from Houston and was a 1970 draft pick of the Houston Astros. He played seven seasons in the Astros organization.

Calvin Schiraldi will be the Chanclas’ pitching coach. He pitched for the University of Texas and for eight seasons in the majors.

Bryan Aughney will be the Chanclas’ hitting coach. He has been the head coach at Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio since 2017.

Flying Chanclas announce 2020 Texas Collegiate League schedule

Flying Chanclas 2020 schedule
** Dates, times and promotions subject to change
The Flying Chanclas de San Antonio will open the 2020 Texas Collegiate League schedule on the road on June 30 against the Amarillo Sod Squad.

The San Antonio Missions-sponsored team will play their first home game at Wolff Stadium on July 3.

The schedule mostly alternates between three-game road and three-game home series.

The exception is two series against Round Rock, when the teams go back and forth.

The Flying Chanclas play a total of 15 home games. All home games start at 7:05 p.m. The Missions will have their social distancing plan in effect for games at Wolff Stadium.

The Missions will have fireworks displays after the first two Chanclas home games on July 3 and 4. There will also be fireworks after Saturday games on July 18 and Aug. 1.

Thursday home games are Dollar Nights will dollar hot dogs, soda and draft beer. Tuesday home games feature $2 bleacher tickets, parking, sausage wraps and draft beer.

Will Dallas Cowboys’ good fortune turn into a curse?

The Dallas Cowboys had no reason to expect or deserve the good luck that fell into their laps on the first day of the 2020 NFL draft.

With just about everybody, including probably even Jerry Jones, assuming the Cowboys would grab a defensive player on Thursday, one of the top offensive players in the draft slid down to their No. 17 pick.

There were three wide receivers in the draft who where viewed as game-changers:
CeeDee Lamb of Oklahoma
Jerry Jeudy of Alabama
Henry Ruggs of Alabama

It seemed like a bit of a longshot for any one of them to still be around when the Cowboys picked. And the last one left standing was expected to be Ruggs, the smallest of the three.

Once the Oakland/Los Angeles/Las Vegas/Wandering Minstrel Raiders took the speedy Ruggs with the 12th pick, even that possibility was out the window.

And yet…

When the Cowboys went on the clock at No. 17 and Lamb was somehow still available, the Dallas front office couldn’t pass him up.

So that’s the good news. The Cowboys got a great player at relative bargain considering where they picked.

The possible bad news?

The areas of concern on the Dallas roster entering the draft remain areas of concern heading into the second round.

Priorities are defensive backs, an edge rusher, and to a lesser extent an offensive lineman or two.

Ultimately, how the Cowboys are judged on taking Lamb in the first round will be connected to how the team bolsters the defense on the second day of the draft.

With that in mind, here is what the second and third rounds could have in store for the Dallas roster.

There are four first-round level defensive talents that are still available going into Friday night who fit what the Cowboys need:
safety Xavier McKinney of Alabama
edge A.J. Epenesa of Iowa
cornerback Jaylon Johnson of Utah
edge Yetur Gross-Metos of Penn State

The Cowboys pick 19th in the second round – 51st overall. All four the the players just mentioned will probably be gone unless the Cowboys trade up. In fact, McKinney might have been the guy the Cowboys took in the first round if Lamb hadn’t been there.

If the Cowboys go strictly by need, their second-round pick will be a cornerback. After Johnson, here are some other cornerbacks to look for in the second round:
Trevon Diggs, Alabama
Kristian Fulton, LSU
Bryce Hall, Virginia
Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech

Safeties who could be there for the Cowboys in the second round include:
Antoine Winfield Jr. of Minnesota
Grant Delpit of LSU
K’Von Wallace of Clemson.

There are enough edge rushers in the draft that the Cowboys could get a contributor there in the third round. By then Gross-Matos and Epenesa will be long gone. Dallas picks 18th in the third round, No. 82 overall. One mock draft I saw had the Cowboys taking edge Alton Robinson of Syracuse at that spot.

If the Cowboys look for an edge rusher in the second or third rounds without trading up, here is a pool of names they could draw from:
Marlon Davidson of Auburn
Jabari Zuniga of Florida
Curtis Weaver of Boise State
Bradlee Anae of Utah
Josh Uche of Michgan
Trevis Gipson of Tulsa
Julian Okwara of Notre Dame
Darrell Taylor of Tennessee
Alex Highsmith of Charlotte
Anfernee Jennings of Alabama

My prediction:

– in the 2nd round the Cowboys take cornerback Kristian Fulton of LSU

– in the 3rd round the Cowboys take edge rusher Bradlee Anae of Utah

The Cowboys must choose well at the Nos. 51 and 82 picks. Otherwise, Lamb and the Dallas offense might not be able to score enough touchdowns to match what the defense gives up.