Aug. 29, 2006
WACO, Texas -- Two Baylor baseball student-athletes were listed among top prospects in their respective summer leagues, Baseball America announced Tuesday. Rising sophomore RHP/OF Cliff Springston was named the fourth-best prospect in the Jayhawk League, while rising redshirt freshman RHP Wade Mackey was named the 10th-best prospect in the Texas Collegiate League.
Springston, who prepped at nearby Lorena [Texas] High School, posted a 3-2 record with a 1.93 ERA for the Jayhawk League champion Hays Larks. In nine appearances, all starts, Springston held opponents to a .222 batting average and logged 46 strikeouts against 22 walks in 51.1 innings as the Larks reached the semifinals at the National Baseball Congress World Series. Springston also hit .306 (15-for-49) with two doubles and two triples.
As a true freshman in 2006, Springston was 2-1 with a 6.39 ERA for the Bears. He appeared in 15 games with one start and recorded 12 strikeouts in 25.1 innings. At the plate, Springston had one hit in eight at bats, a check-swing double down the line in left that started the Bears' ninth-inning rally against Pacific.
Mackey, who did see any action for the Bears during the 2006 season, spent the summer with the Mineral Wells Steam. The six-foot, two-inch Mackey was 4-5 with a 2.54 ERA in 12 appearances, 10 starts, for the Steam. Mackey held opponents to a .246 average with 59 strikeouts against 16 walks in 63.2 innings.
Baylor begins fall practice Monday, Sept. 4.