Green most likely drafted UT pitcher to be back
Texas pitcher Cole Green was in his usual good mood Tuesday as he searched for a rental house with roommates Tant Shepherd, Brandon Loy and Sam Stafford.
The expedition doesn’t mean the junior will be back with the Longhorns baseball team for his senior season. The house could be for the summer or it could be home to Green for another school year.
But of the three Longhorns pitchers selected by a major league club in the first four rounds of June’s draft — starter Brandon Workman and closer Chance Ruffin were the other two — Green is the most likely to return for his senior season.
Green, who turned down an opportunity to play for a USA Baseball national team this summer, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fourth round. Workman was picked by the Boston Red Sox in the second round, and Ruffin was selected by the Tigers with the 48th overall pick.
“It would be an honor to play for my country, but I didn’t want to promise them something I couldn’t keep,” Green said.
“The truth is if Detroit comes up with the money I’m asking for, I’m going to sign. If they don’t, then I’m going to come back to Texas.”
Major League Baseball’s rookie contracts are all about signing bonuses, and MLB recommends that a player drafted in Green’s spot receive $206,000.
Sources said Green is asking for more than twice that amount.
“It’s pretty simple,” Green said. “I’ve talked it over with my parents and coaches and I feel that I’m asking for a fair amount.”
While Ruffin and Workman are likely gone, if Green returned to rejoin Taylor Jungmann in the Longhorns’ starting rotation, the Longhorns would go into every three-game series expecting to win at least two games because of their dominant pitching.
“He’d make a huge, huge difference,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said a couple of weeks ago. “Not only for his pitching, but for his leadership.”
Green’s closest friend on the Longhorns is Shepherd. The senior, who switched to first base before his junior season, was drafted in the 47th round by Cincinnati. There’s a good possibility he will return for one more season.
Right fielder Kevin Keyes, a seventh-round pick of the Washington Nationals, recently signed with the team, as did Russell Moldenhauer and Connor Rowe.