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Summer Collegiate | Story | 9/17/2021

Texas Collegiate League Top Prospect List

Joe Saunders     
Photo: Cole McConnell (Tom Morris)
Summer Collegiate Top Prospect Index

Year Established: 2004
States Represented: Texas, Louisiana
No. of Teams: 6
Regular Season Champion (best overall record): San Antonio Flying Chanclas (29-7)
Postseason Champion: San Antonio Flying Chanclas
No. 1 Prospect, 2021: Cole McConnell, OF, Acadiana Cane Cutters (Louisiana Tech)
First 2020 Player Selected, 2021 Draft: Jose Torres, SS, Amarillo (NC State; Reds/3rd round)

Hitter of the Year: Ethan Lege, 3B, Acadiana (Delgado CC)
Pitcher of the Year: Carson Atwood, RHP, Brazos Valley (Oklahoma) & Alec Martinez, RHP, San Antonio (OLLU)

San Antonio had their way with the Texas Collegiate League in 2021. They had the best record in both halves of the season and won the League Championship in the playoffs over the Victoria Generals. Brazos Valley (The defending league champion) and Acadiana also reached the postseason this year.

Ethan Lege of Acadiana was named the Player of the Year in the TCL, where he won the league batting title with a line of .364/.459/.524 with 3 home runs and 9 stolen bases. Carson Atwood and Alec Martinez split the award as the TCL Pitcher of the Year. Atwood struck out 39 in 39 2/3 innings pitched with a 1.58 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Martinez struck out 51 in 47 1/3 innings pitched with a 1.71 ERA and a 6-0 record.

Top 10 Prospects

1. Cole McConnell, OF, Acadiana (Louisiana Tech/RS SO in 2022)
McConnell put himself on scout’s radars with a strong showing in the TCL in 2020 and then broke out this spring for the Bulldogs. He slashed .347/.399/.503 with 4 home runs in 167 at-bats and was a key cog in the middle of their lineup in Regionals. He was also named to the Conference USA’s All-Freshman team. He has noticeable easy juice from the left side and has a solid feel for the barrel already. He’s also very capable in the outfield with an above-average throwing arm and solid athleticism. This summer, he hit over .330 with a .929 OPS for the Cane Cutters.

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