Texas is going to look a lot different on the diamond this season. Several Longhorns exhausted eligibility or departed for the MLB.
Despite the losses, David Pierce brings in a strong freshman class. According to D1 baseball, it is the fourth-best freshman class in the nation. They could need the group badly.
The veteran laden 2022 squad sent multiple players to the MLB Draft. The Longhorns will be without ace pitcher Pete Hansen after carrying the pitching staff last year. Golden Spikes Award winner Ivan Melendez is gone after a historic season on the Forty Acres.
Skyler Messinger, Murphy Stehly, Trey Faltine, Douglas Hodo and Silas Ardoin add to the list of potential big-time departing contributors.
Many still believe the Longhorns will be in the mix for contention in 2023. Multiple outlets rank the blue blood baseball program in their early Preseason Top 25 rankings. One poll saw Texas as high as No. 18.
David Pierce will look to maximize contribution from younger players in 2023.