For anyone that thought Oklahoma State standout pitcher Tyler Buffett was posturing and negotiating hard line with the Houston Astros over the bonus he would sign after being picked in the seventh round by the club, well, think again.
Buffett on Wednesday took to Twitter on his @Candyman1111 account to make a declaration that he is staying around for his senior season and joining fellow Cowboy pitchers in Trey Cobb and standout freshman Jensen Elliott to form what may be the best starting rotation in all of college baseball.
"Thank you to all of the OSU fans that supported me and the rest of the baseball team this season through the post season and the MLB Draft. I wanted to say thank you to Houston for this opportunity, but I've decided to come back for my senior year and finish my career at OSU with the best college baseball program in the country, and make another run at Omaha next summer! Go Pokes"
That was the Twitter message by Buffett, a strong statement for sure for Oklahoma State baseball as Cobb turned down a 12th-round selection by the Chicago Cubs to stay put for his senior season next year.
Also, coming back for next season is first baseman Dustin Williams, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Head coach Josh Holliday told me that the fact those three players are coming back is a reflection of the program.
"I think that is something you have to take away from it and that is we have created a program that those players want to play in," Holliday said. "They want to get their degree and they are happy playing baseball at Oklahoma State and trust the coaching staff to continue to develop them as players and as people."
Buffett finished with a 2.81 ERA and a record of 9-3 while Cobb was 4-7 with a 3.09 ERA, and Elliott was 9-3 with a 3.50 ERA. Buffett and Cobb combined for 15 saves as they shared the closer role during the regular season and Cobb served as the closer in the postseason.