Oklahoma State closer drafted by the Oakland A's. What's next for the Cowboys?
The season is over for the Cowboys, but a few lucky players will continue their careers at the next level, one being OSU closer Brendan McCurry. McCurry ended his senior season with a 0.39 ERA in 46 innings pitched, putting an exclamation mark on the two seasons he spent in Stillwater while on his way to becoming the OSU all-time leader in saves for both career and in a season.
With this on his resume it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Oakland Athletics called the OSU closer's name last Saturday in the 22nd round of the MLB draft. McCurry could have a great career ahead of him, but will have to beat out some great talent in Oakland. The real question is where does OSU go from here?
The Cowboys will have plenty of options.
If Jon Perrin stays, there will be 17 OSU players listed as some sort of pitcher on the official roster, not including incoming recruits. So which one of these 17 can close out a game? Sophomore Garrett Williams is the only pitcher other than McCurry who had a save (2), but was also 4-1 as a starter. The one player that stands out to me is freshman Blake Battenfield. He had 27 appearances with a 4-0 record, 38 strikeouts and a 1.69 ERA, third best on the team behind two seniors.
The big shoes of Brendan McCurry will be hard to fill, but coach Holliday has found a way to bring the program in Stillwater back to prominence. Although they were bounced from the Super Regionals, don't expect them to miss the opportunity next year.