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Brody Green named starter at third base for TCU baseball following win over Texas State

Entering the season, the TCU had to replace several key players from last year’s Big 12 championship baseball squad, none more important than third baseman Brayden Taylor.

After hitting .308 with 23 home runs with 70 RBIs last season, Taylor was selected with the No. 19 selection in the 2023 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays

After four games and four wins, TCU head coach Kirk Saarloos announced junior Brody Green had earned the right to be the starter at third base.

“He’s won the job. He’s come out and played like we thought he could play. He got his opportunity and he’s running with it. We feel really good about Brody at third,” said Saarloos.

Three Horned Frogs have started at third base this season with Green earning his first start in TCU’s 6-5 victory over Texas State on Tuesday when he had a three-hit performance that impressed his head coach.

“I think Brody again had some really, really good at-bats. The double to righ- center and then extended the inning with two outs in his last at-bat,” said Saarloos, “We feel really good about Brody at third and he’s only just, he’s only gonna get better as he gets more reps.”

Green said he knows close wins like TCU’s victory on Tuesday will be crucial later on in the season.

“It’s gonna be a lot of help towards the end because, you know, down the road games get tighter and mean a lot more,” said Green, “It’s just growing towards what we know how to do and we’re still not playing the type baseball like we know how.”

Green has played his entire collegiate career in Fort Worth. After attending Owasso High School, has played in 24 games in his first two seasons with TCU.

Green saw his first action of the season in the team’s series finale against Florida Gulf Coast and two games in the Oklahoma native has gone 5-for-7 with three RBIs and one run scored.

“It definitely gives you a lot of confidence stacking [good games] together,” said Green.

The other two Horned Frogs that have started at third base this season are Ryder Robinson and Jack Basseer.

Robinson, the opening-day starter, struggled from behind the plate in TCU’s opening series against Florida Gulf Coast University going 1-for-9 with a run scored.

Robinson is a freshman from Cedar Hills, Utah who impressed during Fall play en route to earning an opening day start.

Robinson was replaced in the starting lineup by Basseer who struggled defensively in his only start against FGCU with three errors which led to Green’s first action of the season.

TCU will look to win their fifth straight game against No. 20 UCLA at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Lupton Stadium.