Trio of Tech Pitchers Named Top Prospects by Perfect Game
Withrow and Wheeler were both selected in the MLB Draft out of high school
Feb. 8, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Three Texas Tech pitchers were recognized by Perfect Game as "Top Prospects" among the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft classes while the national publication recently announced its 2013 Big 12 Conference Preview.
Junior right-handed pitcher Trey Masek (Giddings, Texas) was named the No. 6 MLB Draft prospect for the 2013 class while junior left-handed pitcher Andre Wheeler (Austin, Texas) was tabbed the No. 17 prospect in this year's class. Freshman right-handed pitcher Matt Withrow (Odessa, Texas) was selected as the No. 3 prospect in the league among the 2015 draft class.
Masek enters his junior season as the Red Raiders most experienced pitcher with 34 career appearances and 17 starts while tallying 120 innings pitched, 79 strikeouts and seven victories with two saves to his credit.
Last summer, Masek was named a Cape Cod League All-Star while pitching for the Falmouth Commodores. Several national publications tabbed Masek as one of the top pitchers in the summer league and as one of the top returning pitchers in the Big 12 Conference.
Wheeler, a 2010 MLB Draft pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 22nd round out of Anderson High School, completed his first collegiate season on the mound in 2012 where he was one of the Red Raiders top left-handed relievers. He made 22 appearances as a sophomore with 17 strikeouts in 17.1 innings pitched with a 1-0 record. In addition, Wheeler made 15 scoreless relief outings during last season.
Wheeler pitched last summer in the Northwoods League for the Willmar Stingers. He went 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA in 25 appearances with one save, 28.1 innings and 40 strikeouts.
Withrow was a 37th round MLB Draft pick last summer by the Texas Rangers following a prep career that included leading Midland Christian High School to the 2012 state championship. He won seven games as a senior while earning all-state and all-district honors.