Cameron Cauley, Cal Conley, Dru Baker, Braxton Fulford, Mason Montgomery, Ryan Sublette, Hunter Dobbins and Patrick Monteverde have decisions to make after being selected Monday in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Cauley, a Texas Tech signee and shortstop at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas, was selected with the 73rd pick in the third round by the Texas Rangers, while Conley was chosen with the 126th in the fourth by the Atlanta Braves, Baker was selected at 130 in the fourth by the Tampa Bay Rays, Fulford was nabbed in the sixth round with the 170th pick and Montgomery was picked 191st in the sixth.
Montgomery was picked in the sixth round by the Tampa Bay Rays before Ryan Sublette (7th round, 222nd, Los Angeles Dodgers), Hunter Dobbins (8th, 226th, Boston Red Sox) and Monteverde (8th, 239, Miami Marlins) closed out Day 2 for the Red Raider athletes.
Christian McGowan, a right-handed pitcher out of Eastern Oklahoma State, was chosen with the 205th pick in the seventh and AJ Smith-Shawver, a football player who transferred to pitcher at Colleyville Heritage High School in Texas, was picked at 217 in the seventh round.
“Dream come true! Ready to get to work! @RaysBaseball,” Baker Tweeted on Monday.
A former all-state wide receiver as a junior, Cauley hit five home runs in the postseason and scored one run to help Barbers Hill secure a 2-1 win over Hallsville in the Class 5A championship game. The All-Greater Houston Hitter of the Year recorded a .450 batting average with 35 RBIs to go along with 52 stolen bases in 53 attempts.
Cauley, listed at 5-foot-10, 170-pounds, was ranked No. 85 on the Baseball America board, No. 92 on the MLB Pipeline rankings and No. 138 on the ESPN rankings.
Conley and Baker were ranked 170 and 190 by MLB.com, highlighting a group of 18 Texas Tech athletes eligible for the draft after finishing 39-17 overall and 14-10 in the Big 12 on the way to a No. 8 national ranking and hosting an NCAA Regional and Super Regional.
A switch-hitter and Brooks Wallace Award winner, Conley batted at a .329 clip with 55 RBI and 15 home runs in 56 games played, starting in 55. He garnered four All-America accolades.
Baker, who missed time with a quad injury, went on to hit .343 with 32 RBI and four home runs in 51 games played — starting 50. The All-Big 12 first team and ABCA all-region selection led Texas Tech in batting, doubles (14) and stolen bases (18). As a shortstop and third baseman, he helped Texas Tech to its best-ever finish at the College World Series as one of the final four teams in 2019.
Fulford, an All-Big 12 second-teamer, drove in 45 runs and hit 14 home runs while maintaining a .264 batting average. The former Monterey Plainsmen catcher played in 52 games, starting in 49.
Montgomery struck out 84 batters, second to Monteverde fanning 101, and went on to finished with a 5-3 record and 3.82 ERA. Sublette developed into a high-leverage reliever for the Red Raiders as he struck out 62 in 42 1/3 innings while maintaining a 2.34 ERA and touting a 6-3 mark.
Dobbins, who was recovering from Tommy John surgery, did not pitch in 2021. In six games, which included three starts, he struck out 25 in 20 innings and had a 1.35 ERA back in 2020. Monteverde was the top strikeout thrower for the Red Raiders, as he built up a 7-4 record and held a 3.75 ERA in 86 1/3 innings.
McGowan had 58 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings, which ranked him fourth among national junior college pitchers. AJ Smith-Shawver, a three-star quarterback who threw for 29 touchdowns last fall, caught the eyes of scouts after throwing a fastball that reach 95 mph.
Cauley’s slot value is $857,000, while fellow Red Raiders signees McGowan ($222.10k) and Smith-Shawver ($201.60) finished those picks.
Conley and Baker had pick values of $451.80k and $434.30k, respectively, per MLB.com. Fulford is at $296.40k and Montgomery is at $249k, while Sublette ($194.40k), Dobbins ($188.90k) and Monteverde ($173.00k) rounded out Texas Tech athletes.
Cauley went 0 for 4, but scored a run, as Barbers Hill topped Amarillo High 12-8 in a Class 5A state semifinal game back on June 10 at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. The Eagles went on to claim the state championship by defeating Hallsville 2-1.
After 10 rounds, Florida and Texas Tech tied for the most players drafted at seven apiece.
TEXAS TECH SIGNEES DRAFTED
Round Pick Team School Pick Value
3 73 Texas Rangers Barbers Hill (TX) $857.40k
7 205 Philadelphia Phillies Eastern Oklahoma State JC (Okla.) $222.10k
7 217 Atlanta Braves Colleyville Heritage (TX) $201.60k
TEXAS TECH BASEBALL ATHLETES DRAFTED
Round Pick Name Pick Value Team
4 126 Cal Conley $451.80k Atlanta Braves
4 130 Dru Baker $434.30k Tampa Bay Rays
6 170 Braxton Fulford $296.40k Colorado Rockies
6 191 Mason Montgomery $249.00k Tampa Bay Rays
7 222 Ryan Sublette $194.40k Los Angeles Dodgers
8 226 Hunter Dobbins $188.90k Boston Red Sox
8 239 Patrick Monteverde $173.00k