Luken Baker, TCU

Fall Report: TCU

Fall Report

FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU might have several key components to replace in the field between now and the spring, but there’s no such as a straight rebuild for the Horned Frogs. The standard has been set.

Under the direction of coach Jim Schlossnagle and his staff, the Frogs have evolved into one of college baseball’s premier powers over the past decade. How impressive has their latest run been? After reaching the College World Series yet again this past season, TCU has now made the June trek to Omaha four-straight seasons.

Now the question is: Can the Frogs make it five-straight trips to Omaha?

While there’s no doubt the Frogs have some question marks in the field, outfielder Josh Watson had a strong fall and freshman shortstop Adam Oviedo looks to provide an impactful punch right off the bat. The Frogs also welcome back hard-hitting Luken Baker, who put on an absolute show in batting practice during the TCU Fall Series.

The offense might not need to do too much in the spring, as the Frogs will still have one of the nation’s elite pitching staffs with rising Nick Lodolo, Jared Janczak and Sean Wymer leading the charge, while Charles King, Durbin Feltman and others spearhead the bullpen.

“I definitely think we’re a much better team right now than we were when we started fall workouts. We normally don’t have a ton of turnover on our roster like we have this year. This is the most turnover we’ve had since after my first year when we brought in 21 or 22 new players,” Schlossnagle said. “That alone brings with it some challenges.

“The new guys are constantly learning new things, and with that, some days they will be awesome, while on others, they’ll be the opposite,” he continued. “I feel pretty good right now about the first 10-11 position players, but we’ll see what happens in the spring. The question mark we have is what kind of offense will we have? I feel much better about that unit than I did two months ago, that’s for sure.”

Without further ado, let’s dig into the Horned Frogs this fall.


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