Denton-ex Hunter Dozier promoted to Double-A

Hunter Dozier has continued to make his ascent up the minor-league ranks before I can get my morning cup of coffee.

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Mishap proves a tease for former Argyle standout

Jay Gonzales (6) is greeted at home plate after hitting a grand slam in a playoff win over Lovejoy in this 2010 file photo. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

There are several area players who could be drafted in this year’s MLB First-Year Player Draft, which began on Thursday night with Rounds 1 and 2 and continued on Friday with Round 3-10. So far, none of them have been selected.

One player who wasn’t up for selection was former Argyle standout Jay Gonzales. You remember Gonzales as one of the area’s most feared hitters who graduated in 2012 along with current Yankees prospect Austin Aune. Gonzales has spent the year battling a shoulder injury as a DH for Midland College, which has had a great season in the Junior College ranks.

But for a second on Friday afternoon, Gonzales thought he might be joining Aune in the pro baseball ranks when it appeared the Baltimore Orioles had selected him.

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Argyle-College Station running blog

Hey folks. We’re 10 minutes from first pitch at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in the Class 3A state baseball state championship game. Argyle and College Station will both try to win their first baseball state championships.

College Station lineup: SS Walker DAvis, 2B Jaxxon Grisham, CF Ryan Johnson, C Baylor Rowlett, RF Kyle Richardson, 1B Matthew Bennett, 3B Jake Georgiades, LF Cole Whittlesey, DH Israel Martinez, P MacGregor Hines (committed to Florida)

Argyle lineup: RF Hunter Markwardt, SS Tanner Boyzuick, P Parker Mushinski, C Ryley Balch, 3B Brandon Boyzuick, CF Cutter McDonald, DH Mat Ralph, 1B Drew Gooch, LF Tyler Gibson, 2B Seth Green.

Top 1: Argyle 0, College Station 0

Walker Davis flies out to left field. 1 out. … Jaxxon Grisham grounds out to the pitcher. 2 outs… Ryan Johnson reaches first base on an error… Baylor Rowlett flies out to centerfield. 3 outs.

Bottom 1: Argyle 0, College Station 0

Hunter Markwardt grounds out to the pitcher. 1 out… Tanner Boyzuick flies out to right field. 2 outs… Parker Mushinski reaches first on a single to right field. Spencer Cullen, a courtesy runner, reaches second base on an error. Ryley Balch grounds out to second base. 3 outs.

Top 2: Argyle 0, College Station 0

Kyle Richardson grounds out to second base. 1 out… Matthew Bennett flies out to center field. 2 outs. Jake Georgiades reaches first on a walk. Georgiades reaches second on a throwing error… Cole Whittlesey reaches first on a walk. Israel Martinez flies out to left field. 3 outs.

Bottom 2: Argyle 0, College Station 0

Brandon Boyzuick lines out to shortstop. 1 out… Cutter McDonald strikes out looking. 2 outs… Mat Ralph strikes out swinging. 3 outs.

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MLB draft begins tonight

Oklahoma starting pitcher Adam Choplick, a former Ryan standout, throws against TCU last month in Fort Worth. (Associated Press)

The MLB First-Year Player Draft begins tonight at 6 p.m. and runs through Sunday, and with 40 rounds the list of potential draft picks is a long one.

There are a few local players who could be chosen this year — former area players who have gone on to successful college careers, as well as a current high school player who is set to pitch for Argyle tonight in the Class 3A state title game in Austin.

A look at the local potential picks, in order of probability of being drafted:

Adam Choplick, LHP, Oklahoma (Ryan HS) — The folks at prospectdigest.com suggest Choplick will be a third- or fourth-round selection after a season in which he became the Sooners’ ace in a down year for the program, although one analyst ranks him No. 40 among all the prospects in the draft and as a second-round selection. The thing with Choplick is his potential and ceiling. Who wouldn’t want to take a chance on a 6-8, hard-throwing lefty? Choplick is exactly that, as he averaged 9.46 K/9 innings this year after a second Tommy John surgery as a freshman from which he seems to be fully recovered. He was originally drafted in the 17th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of high school, but opted to go to college. Guess here is that if he’s not chosen by the eighth or ninth round, he’ll head back to OU for his senior season and give it another run next year. If he falls past the 10th round, don’t expect to see him drafted at all.

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Argyle-Sinton baseball running blog

 

Pregame

Welcome to today’s live blog of the Class 3A baseball state semifinal between Argyle and Sinton. I’ll be keeping you updated from UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin.

We’re still 30 minutes away from first pitch, but here are the lineups for today’s ballgame.

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What you need to know: Argyle vs. Sinton

Parker Mushinski and the Argyle Eagles will face Sinton on Wednesday in the Class 3A baseball state semifinals at Austin's UFCU Disch-Falk Field. (Michael Clements/For the Denton Record-Chronicle)

At the start of the season, there was potential for this season to be a special one at Argyle.

Argyle had two Division I-bound left-handed pitchers and other key starters returning for the 2014 campaign.

The Eagles have certainly made the most of what they’ve been given.

Argyle is having the best season in school history and is one game away from playing for a state championship.

Before you hop in your car, grab some kolaches and head to Austin for the Class 3A state baseball tournament, here’s what you need to know about tomorrow’s semifinal.

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Argyle-North Lamar notebook: Lots of good signs for Argyle following Game 1

Parker Mushinski (12) and the Argyle Eagles carry a 1-0 lead into Game 2 of the Class 3A Region II finals. Mushinski homered in Thursday night's 15-3 victory in Game 1. (Michael Clements/For the Denton Record-Chronicle)

As soon as Parker Mushinski uncorked his body and turned on a fastball in Game 1 of the Class 3A Region II finals, everybody in the ballpark knew where that ball was headed.

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Ryan-ex Zach Voight moves up in White Sox organization

After a couple of stagnant years in the Chicago White Sox organization, Zach Voight is making his way up the ranks.

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Argyle’s pitchers gets it done against Pleasant Grove

Argyle senior pitcher Drew Gooch (pictured), senior Parker Mushinski and junior Hunter Markwardt played big roles in Argyle's series win against Texarkana Pleasant Grove last weekend. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

For the third time in school history, Argyle will be playing in the Class 3A Region II baseball finals. And for the first time, the Eagles won’t be playing Texarkana Pleasant Grove.

That’s because Argyle knocked Pleasant Grove out of the postseason with a dramatic series victory last weekend behind the stellar work of its pitching staff.

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Starbucks gets everybody’s name wrong, including MLB players

If you go to Starbucks and have ever order anything, chances are your name will get butchered by a barista in a green apron.

It doesn’t matter what the name is. I’ve had frappuccinos with “Dan” scribbled across the cup, which is clearly not my name.

On Wednesday, Ryan alum and Chicago White Sox pitcher Javy Guerra joined the club.

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