From the moment he stepped on campus, you could sense Matt Purke is something special.
The TCU lefty is quietly becoming one of the top pitchers in college baseball. What’s amazing is he’s only a freshman.
Purke was a 1st round draft pick by the Texas Rangers last summer. But negotiations stalled and he chose instead to be Horned Frog. Head coach Jim Schlossnagle couldn’t be happier.
The proof is in the pudding. After today’s 11-6 win over Utah, Purke is 8-0 with 76 strikeouts in 63 innings. These numbers garnered an invitation to participate in the 2010 National Team Trials.
Purke is armed with a fastball clocked in the 92-94 mph range. He mixes in a slurve that sweeps across the plate and displays great command with both pitches. An improving change-up rounds out his arsenal.
The Spring, Texas native adds pitching depth to the 5th ranked Frogs, who are looking to take that next step in joining the college elite.
At this rate, Purke is looking at another chance for a big payday. A lefty with heat and control has major league scouts excited about his future. For now, the focus is on this year and winning championships.
With this frosh in the rotation, Lupton Stadium is looking like a field of dreams in the making.
Written by C. James