Andre Duplantier underwent elbow repair surgery; Dixon transferring
Unfortunately for the Longhorns, their bullpen and competition at third base took a big hit recently. Andre Duplantier, who emerged as a key, trusted bullpen arm during his 2020 freshman season, underwent elbow repair surgery, multiple sources told Orangebloods. He's expected to miss the 2021 season.
Duplantier, a right-hander, finished with a 2.00 ERA and three saves over 9.0 innings last season, and struck out 13 with just three walks. A broken left hamate bone prevented Duplantier from contributing much offensively last season, and he was expected to again be a critical piece to the backend of games for Texas on the mound. Additionally, left-handed pitcher and first baseman Chase Lummus underwent the same elbow repair surgery around the exact same time.
Also, D1Baseball.com's Kendall Rogers reported second baseman Brenden Dixon will transfer to Weatherford College.
Good scoop by my man @DMcComasOB right here. Can confirm Dre Duplantier had UCL repair surgery and will miss 2021. Cam Williams was injured this fall, but will be back in ’21. Pete Hansen dealt with some arm tenderness this fall, but will be just fine in ’21 as well. https://t.co/SGoD0l2Gad— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) November 30, 2020
Additionally, Rogers reports Pete Hansen dealt with some tenderness this fall, but is expected to be fine and ready for 2021. As for Dixon, he started nine games and his competitiveness excited the Longhorns. But strikeouts plagued him during the shortened 2020 season.
At second base, look for freshmen Dylan Campbell and Mitchell Daly to compete for the job in addition to veterans like Murphy Stephly and maybe Cam Williams and Lance Ford. Campbell, mostly with the glove because his bat was solid this fall, and Daly both made promising strides this far and were on scouts' radars as high school seniors.
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