Baseball recruiting: Horns add Moynihan

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According to texassports.com, the University of Texas has signed Matt Moynihan, an outfielder at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Moynihan will have two years of eligibility at Texas, and continues a string of juco players signed by the Longhorns in recent years — such as Paul Montalbano and Lucas Kephart.

Here’s a look at the lefty’s batting numbers this year at Orange Coast:

Average: .452
Runs scored: 34
RBI: 30
Doubles: 8
Triples: 3
HR: 1
Stolen bases: 10

Moynihan ended his high school career with 88 stolen bases, which was second all-time in San Diego County, so his speed will be a welcome addition to a Texas team that doesn’t try to steal too many bases. The outfield is crowded this year, and it will be next year as well. Mark Payton (freshman) has solidified himself as the right fielder, Cohl Walla will be next year’s starting center fielder (if he stays in school, as he’s a draft-eligible sophomore), and Jonathan Walsh (sophomore) also sees a lot of time in left.

That’s potentially three returning starters. Also returning next year will be Tim Maitland, the resident pinch-runner/defensive outfielder, and Dex Kjerstad, a highly recruited outfielder out of high school who hasn’t seen much action this year. The Longhorns have also signed Austin Westlake’s Collin Shaw, who projects to be an outfielder in college.