Two more Texas baseball players chosen in MLB draft

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Infielder Bret Boswell (left) and pitcher Morgan Cooper raised to four the number of Texas baseball players chosen in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft when Cooper was selected by the Washington Nationals and Boswell was picked by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (photos courtesy of / graphic by Horns Illustrated).

By Steve Lansdale

AUSTIN, Texas — Two more members of the University of Texas baseball team will get a chance to play professionally.

A day after catcher Tres Barrera and pitcher Ty Culbreth were drafted by the Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies, respectively, pitcher Morgan Cooper was selected in the 34th round by the Nationals and infielder Bret Boswell was chosen in the 40th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In addition to the four Longhorns selected in the draft, five recruits who have signed with UT were drafted. Pitcher Kyle Muller was selected in the second round by the Atlanta Braves, pitcher Mason Thompson was picked in the third round by the San Diego Padres, outfielder Conner Capel was chosen in the fifth round by the Cleveland Indians, pitcher Blair Henley was tabbed in the 22nd round by the New York Yankees, and shortstop David Hamilton was selected in the 28th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Underclassmen and high school players have until July 15 to sign a professional contract.

A year after sitting out the 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his elbow, Cooper returned to the mound this season and posted a 3-5 record with an ERA of 4.03 Boswell hit .241 this season with two home runs and 20 runs driven in, and earned a spot on the Bog 12 All-Tournament team.

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