Prosper senior shortstop Easton Murrell has been selected to play in the 5A-6A Texas All-Star Game by the THSBCA.
Murrell finished the season as Co-MVP of District 14-5A and is committed to play at the University of Arkansas this fall.
“I’m just happy to have the chance to go out there and play,” Murrell said.
Only one senior player can represent each team in the All-Star Game. Prosper head coach Rick Carpenter nominated five of his players, but Murrell stood out among his teammates. He is also the only player from the district to make the All-Star roster.
“He’s a leader on the field and a great defensive shortstop,” Carpenter said. “He’s one of the top three shortstops I’ve had in my career and could be No. 1.”
In his 35 years of coaching, Carpenter has had nearly 30 of his players selected in the MLB Draft, but only 10 of them have played in the state All-Star Game. Compared to some of Carpenter’s best of the past, he said Murrell compares well and could have a future in the pros.
“He’s right there with them, that’s for sure,” Carpenter said. “It’s hard. You’ve got to continue to improve and catch some breaks. If he continues to progress as a player, he’s got a shot.”
Murrell continued to improve and bounced back nicely this season after missing all of district play with a broken hand in 2016. The year before, he was the 10-5A Defensive Player of the Year.
Since the MLB Draft takes place five days before the All-Star game, Carpenter said it’s unlikely that a lot of scouts will be there. Still, Murrell is ready to compete at a high level.
“I just have to treat it like any other game,” Murrell said. “There might be some better pitching and better players, but it’s still the same game. I just have to go out there and play.”
It’ll be a nostalgic setting for Murrell — the game will be played at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, the same field Prosper baseball won the state title at in 2015.
“I have quite a few memories there,” Murrell said. “It’s pretty cool to get to go back there and play another game.”
The All-Star game will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.