Harmon off UT baseball staff

AUSTIN, Texas -- In the wake of missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time in more than a decade, Texas’ Augie Garrido acknowledged changes would have to be made.

The baseball coach made what could be considered the biggest ones Wednesday. Garrido and Texas decided not to renew 23-year veteran assistant coach Tommy Harmon's contract.

“This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make,” Garrido said in a release.

Harmon, a former Texas catcher, had been the associate head coach. He was also widely acknowledged as a top recruiter for Texas.

“My three years as a player and 23 years as a coach are very important to me,” Harmon said. “I bleed orange and I wish the best for the student-athletes on the team.”

The issue for Texas is that it did not have enough athletes on the team. At least not enough athletes in the right positions. Almost no one in the infield was playing his natural position, except the catcher. That led to Texas being last in team fielding in the Big 12.

Someone had to be held accountable. That someone was Harmon.

In other baseball news, Texas had three players selected in the MLB Draft. Pitchers Hoby Milner went in the seventh to Philadelphia. Outfielder Jonathan Walsh went in the 11th round to the Los Angeles Angels. And pitcher Sam Stafford, who was injured in 2012, went to the Texas Rangers in the 13th round.

Texas also had six signees get drafted. Outfielder Courtney Hawkins was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the first round. In first compensatory round, the St. Louis Cardinals picked catcher Steve Bean and the Toronto Blue Jays nabbed right-handed pitcher Tyler Gonzales. In the second round, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected catcher Wyatt Mathisen and the Tampa Bay Rays chose infielder Spencer Edwards. Infielder Austin Dean was picked by the Miami Marlins in the fourth round.