Four More Horned Frogs Drafted
June 6, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Four Horned Frogs were selected Wednesday on the final day of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, giving TCU six total players taken overall.
Hearing their name called Wednesday were pitchers Kevin Allen (23rd round, Kansas City Royals), Tyler Duffie (27th round, Milwaukee Brewers) and Kaleb Merck (33rd round, Minnesota Twins) as well as outfielder Jason Coats (29th round, Chicago White Sox).
The six players drafted this year ties for the third most in TCU history, trailing only last season's school record eight and the seven selected in 2007.
Coats, who was taken in the 12th round by Baltimore a year ago, had one of the more productive careers in TCU history. He batted .326 this spring with six home runs and 45 RBIs. A three-time first-team all-conference selection, Coats is TCU's career leader in doubles (69) and at bats (910) while placing second in hits (304), RBIs (202) and total bases (496). He ranks third all-time with the Horned Frogs in games played (234) and runs scored (192).
Allen earned second-team all-conference accolades in his first season at TCU. The Kingwood, Texas, native and Weatherford College transfer tied Merck with a team-best five saves. Allen is 5-2 with a 2.97 ERA. He has struck out 43 in 30 1/3 innings while holding opposing batters to a .202 average.
Duffie has pitched 9 1/3 innings this season without allowing an earned run and surrendering just three hits. He has struck out eight batters. Opponents are hitting just .097 against him. The Houston native recorded his first career save in last year's season-opening victory over Kansas.
Merck returned to action in 2012 after being sidelined by injury last year, when he was a 43rd-round pick by the Texas Rangers. A Keller, Texas, product, Merck (1-1, 3.63 ERA) has posted five saves this season while limiting opposing batters to a .202 average. He has struck out 24 in 22 1/3 innings.
During his nine seasons as TCU's head coach, Jim Schlossnagle has seen 40 players drafted.