Not many baseball teams can have four freshmen in the starting lineup and still put together the run Argyle High School did this past season when it won 27 games and nearly made a return trip to the Class 4A state tournament.
But not every team had the type of freshmen the Eagles had, and they’re quickly drawing the attention of college scouts.
Three of Argyle’s four soon-to-be-sophomore standouts verbally committed to major Division I programs in July. Second baseman Brenden Dixon committed to the University of Texas on Tuesday, but not before twin brothers Preston and Austin King committed to Oklahoma. The King brothers announced their commitment on July 12.
“I’m not surprised they drew that kind of attention, because that’s the reason they were on the field,” Argyle coach Ricky Griffin said. “It wasn’t always a popular decision [to start freshmen] for some, but hopefully they now realize the potential they all have.”
You can read about Dixon’s commitment here. For the King brothers, choosing the Sooners was a no-brainer. Both standouts were originally approached by OU scouts at a select baseball tournament in Houston and were invited for a visit.
“That’s been our No. 1 school since we were 6 years old,” Preston said. “We took a little time to think about the offer, but we pretty much jumped on it.”
Oral commitments are nonbinding. Dixon and the King brothers wouldn’t be able to sign a national letter of intent until fall 2018.
Preston played shortstop, third base and left field for the Eagles last season while batting .390 with a .515 on-base percentage. Austin was the starting catcher and hit .342 with a .485 on-base percentage to go with seven doubles, a home run and 15 RBIs.
“For us, it’s always been our goal to play at the next level,” Austin said. “[Preston] is my best friend, so we’re always doing stuff together. There’s a lot of competition between us, but we’re excited to be able to keep playing on the same teams.”
STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.