TCU baseball managed to keep both coach Jim Schlossnagle and assistant Kirk Saarloos in Fort Worth after a wild week of speculation, but two of the program’s top players will not return to Lupton Stadium in 2019.
First baseman Luken Baker and pitcher Durbin Feltman announced this week they will forgo their senior seasons and turn professional. Baker and Feltman were both selected within the top 100 of the 2018 MLB Draft last week. Baker went to the St. Louis Cardinals as the No. 75 pick. Feltman was drafted by the Boston Red Sox at No. 100 overall.
Baker and Feltman to turn pro
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— Luken Baker (@lukenb9) June 14, 2018
TCU has given me more than I could ever dream of. I cannot thank the coaches, trainers, support staff and teammates enough for helping me in every way imaginable. I’ve made lifelong friends and unforgettable memories but now I’m on to the next chapter with the Red Sox. pic.twitter.com/fE2Th1UsHR
— Durbin Feltman (@dfeltman12) June 13, 2018
Baker established himself as one of TCU’s top sluggers in recent memory during his three-year run with the Horned Frogs. Even through a series of injuries that brought both his sophomore and junior campaigns to an early end, he batted better than .300 every season and compiled 27 home runs.
Feltman proved one of the Horned Frogs’ most reliable assets out of the bullpen in 2018, completing his junior season with a 0.74 ERA and 43 strikeouts over 24.1 innings pitched. He finished his TCU career tied for the most saves in program history (32) and was named a third-team All-American by Baseball America for his efforts.
TCU missed the postseason (and College World Series) for the first time since 2013. The Horned Frogs had advanced to Omaha each of the last four seasons and have done so five times since the start of the decade, the additional appearance coming in 2010.