Texas Rangers Academy Notebook for November 18, 2022

Aden Howard signs with Dallas Baptist University

Aden Howard, a Hebron High School senior and Texas Rangers Youth Academy athlete, signed his letter of intent last Wednesday, November 9, to play college baseball at Dallas Baptist University.

Howard is looking forward to playing at the collegiate level next year and credits his time at the youth academy to prepare him for the next level of play and to develop his communication and leadership skills on and off the field.

Throughout the college’s recruiting process, Howard remained patient to ensure DBU Baseball was right for the field and allowed him to pursue a finance major.

“I didn’t start speaking to schools until my sophomore year, and even then it’s still difficult to communicate with coaches and figure out what’s a best fit,” Howard said. “I chose to play at DBU because of the Christian values, the tremendous knowledge of the coaching staff and the ability to constructively understand what they are conveying.”

Howard joins the roster for one of the top baseball programs in the country and believes his adaptability and athleticism can make a difference as a DBU patriot.

“I look forward to developing as a player and growing as a person,” he said. “College will be a big challenge because I’ll be playing against older guys who have more experience than me. Also, the competition will always be tough – there are no days off.”

Continuing his baseball career at the DFW Metroplex also provides the Howard family with more opportunities to attend games, which was an important factor to consider when making the decision.

Prior to beginning his college career, Howard will play his senior baseball season at Hebron High School and continue to participate in Rangers Youth Academy programs and events to further develop his game.

The Texas Rangers Youth Academy competes in the Taylor Hearn Turkey Trot Classic

The Texas Rangers Youth Academy announced the roster of 15 athletes selected to compete in the Taylor Hearns Turkey Trot Classic youth baseball tournament. The Texas Rangers pitcher will host his first annual youth tournament on November 19-20 at the Five Star Complex in The Colony, Texas.

The Turkey Trot Classic was organized after Hearn’s Woodbat Classic, originally scheduled for October 28th and 29th, was canceled due to inclement weather. Many of the same teams are expected to compete in this weekend’s tournament, including the Texas Rangers Youth Academy, who again have tournament entry fees covered by Hearn.

The two-day tournament brings together teams from across the DFW Metroplex to compete in the 10U, 11U and 13U age divisions. The Texas Rangers Youth Academy will compete in an eight-team pool in the 13U division and hopes to reach Sunday’s championship game.

To prepare the athletes for their upcoming games, Texas Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien came to practice yesterday to meet the players and give the team some pointers ahead of the tournament.

The Texas Rangers 13U team opens Saturday’s tournament play at 3:00 p.m., followed by their second game of the day at 6:30 p.m

Taylor Hearn Turkey Trot Classic Texas Rangers Youth Academy 13U roster: