Red Raiders spend fall ball trying to squeeze in talented pieces

Tim Tadlock has spent more than a quarter century coaching college baseball, 17 seasons as a head coach, and confronts a predicament he’s never faced as he looks toward 2021: how to make a talented, but oversized roster, work.

Texas Tech finished fall baseball with 43 players, Tadlock said, including most of the team that was 16-3 and ranked No. 5 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association when the 2020 season was cut short on account of COVID-19. 

Largely because Major League Baseball reduced its annual draft from 40 rounds to five to save costs, the Red Raiders return eight position players who started at least 12 games last season. Second baseman Brian Klein, who signed a free-agent deal with the Washington Nationals, is the only regular not back.

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