Russell, Suttle Taken in 4th Round (UPDATED)

Texas draft-eligible sophomores Kyle Russell and Bradley Suttle were taken in the fourth round of Thursday's Major League Baseball draft. The St. Louis Cardinals selected Russell with the 147th pick of the draft and the New York Yankees grabbed Suttle seven picks later at No. 154.

Some mock drafts projected Russell as a first-round pick, but scouting reports were mixed on the Longhorn single-season home run king.

From MLB.com:

"Russell certainly made a splash this season by obliterating the school record for home runs in a season. The power is legit, but there is concern about his ability to make contact consistently enough for the power to come into play at the next level. The power with the arm strength, though, does fit the right field profile in the future. A draft-eligible sophomore, he does hold some leverage in terms of returning for his junior season at Texas."

The first player with Longhorn connections to be drafted came from the high school ranks. UT signee Brandon Workman, a right handed pitcher from Bowie (Texas) High, went to the Philadelphia Phillies in the third round with the 107th overall pick.

Several current Horns, as well as some of the Horns' signees for 2008 (including Pflugerville Connally OF Kevin Keyes), could get a call Friday when the draft resumes for rounds six thru 50.

Junior pitchers Adrian Alaniz and James Russell, plus senior pitchers Randy Boone and Joseph Krebs, are possibilities. Alaniz, who redshirted his first season at Texas, was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 36th round of the 2006 draft after his sophomore season but opted to return to the Forty Acres for his junior season. Boone was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 38th round of the 2006 draft but opted to return to Texas for his senior season. Krebs, while still at Navarro, was selected by the New York Yankees in the 38th round of the 2004 draft.

Among position players, another sophomore-eligible prospect and possible second-day draftee is catcher Preston Clark, who was drafted out of high school by the Cleveland Indians in the 39th round of the 2004 draft.

Teams can sign draftees through Aug. 15.

UPDATE: For the complete rundown of current Longhorns and UT signees who were drafted, click here.


Horns Digest Top Stories