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NOTEBOOK: Texas Tech’s Hargrove selection highlights Day 3 of MLB Draft

Posted: June 14, 2017 - 6:22pm

Hunter Hargrove felt it was the perfect scene.

Hargrove, a senior first baseman for Texas Tech, went home to clear his mind before the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

While he was at home Wednesday, Hargrove chose to help his younger brother, Hogan, practice with his select team at a batting facility in Everman.

That’s when he heard the news: he was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 15th round with the 751st overall pick.

“I was actually eating lunch after helping my brother out with practice,” Hargrove said of what he was doing when he found out he was drafted. “I got a text message from the San Francisco scout who asked if I was ready to go. I replied ‘yes,’ and he told me I was next. Then the alert popped up on my phone. It was surreal.”

Looking at the statistics, the Giants picked up a versatile and sturdy player.

Hargrove, who was one of two players to appear in and start in 62 games, finished his senior season hitting .348 with five home runs and 51 RBIs. The first baseman also hit 26 doubles and three triples for the Red Raiders, which reached the NCAA Regional round in back-to-back seasons for the second time in program history.

Texas Tech also earned a College World Series berth in 2016.

“I just honestly did what I could to help the team win in anyway I could. I gave it my all,” said Hargrove, who was named the co-Big 12 Player of the Year with TCU’s Evan Skoug. “Unfortunately, we were unable to get to where we want, but it was great to go out there with my teammates everyday. To get drafted, that’s just awesome too.”

The Mansfield, who played outfield in 2015, third base in ‘16 and first base last season, forged the Red Raiders longest hitting streak at 15 games this season. He also closed out the season by reaching base safely in 18 consecutive contests.

“My first year in college was at North Central Texas College (in Gainesville), and I didn’t know much about the school. So I kept quiet and worked,” Hargrove said. “That work propelled me to get a scholarship at Tech and the rest is history. … I was able to get Omaha with my teammates, which was an unbelievable experience.”

As far as what position he’ll play, Hargrove wasn’t sure and also did not know where his next stop would be just yet.

“I got drafted as a first baseman, but I’m taking all five of my gloves with me just in case,” he said, chuckling. “For now, I’m going to hang out with family, hit in the cages and wash some clothes. I have to get ready for wherever I’m sent.”

Tech signee Dunn drafted

While he’s done with his high school career, Cordell Dunn heard his name called after he was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 19th round with the 579th pick in the MLB Draft.

Dunn, a 6-0, 190-pound catcher, is expected to join the Red Raiders in the fall. He was part of a 13-player, early 2017 Signing Class for the Red Raiders that ranked No. 21 in the country according to Perfect Game.

Dunn, who is the first player to sign a Division I scholarship from Center Hill High School, was ranked the No. 1 player in Mississippi. He finished his junior season hitting .300 with 10 doubles and one home run.

Behind home plate, as a junior, Dunn assisted on 10 putouts and recorded eight errors for the Mustangs — which don red and black uniforms.

Red Sox select Masters

Cody Masters will get the unique distinction of being selected in the MLB Draft on Wednesday.

The Coppell High School senior, who is a switch hitter, notched a .398 batting average with eight doubles, six home runs and 28 RBIs as a junior. The first-team, all-state outfielder also led all Class 6A baseball players with nine triples in 2016.

Masters, who is expected to join the Red Raiders in the fall, was in the same early 2017 signing class as Cordell Dunn.

Red Raider MLB Recap

Seniors

Hunter Hargrove, 1B – 25th Round (751 overall) – Oakland Athletics

Juniors

Parker Mushinski, LHP – 7th Round (211 overall) – Houston Astros

Tanner Gardner, OF – 9th Round (284 overall) – Texas Rangers

Jacob Patterson, LHP – 13th Round (394 overall) – St. Louis Cardinals

Orlando Garcia, SS – 15th Round (456 overall) – San Francisco Giants

Signees

Carlsbad High School’s (N.M.) Trevor Rogers, LHP – 1st Round (13 overall) – Miami Marlins

Center Hill High School (Miss.) Cordell Dunn, C – 19th Round (579 overall) – Toronto Blue Jays

Coppell High School’s Cody Masters, CF – 40th Round (1211 overall) – Boston Red Sox

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