Scouting Ahead: Cowboys
A look at the players who will shape OSU's outlook for 2013:
So long: The Cowboys lose several key seniors, including third baseman Mark Ginther, shortstop Hunter Bailey, catcher Jared Womack and pitchers Blake Barnes and Kyle Ottoson.
Counting on: Second baseman Robbie Rea, left fielder Trey Whaley and outfielders Jarrett Higgins and Saulyer Saxon return experience and some speed. The Cowboys also expect big improvements from a trio of freshmen: first baseman Wes Jones, outfielder Gage Green and utility man Zach Fish. Randy McCurry and Vince Wheeland offer starting pitching experience and former top prospect Jason Hursh — who could be an ace — will be fully recovered from arm surgery.
Draft decisions: Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Andrew Heaney is projected for the top half of the first round of next week's MLB Draft and is certain to take the next step in his career. Chase Stevens, a reliever who could make the transition to starter, could be tempted.
Coming in: Second baseman Brendan McCurry, the younger brother of Cowboys pitcher Randy McCurry, is coming from Howard College. Left-handed Jordan Watson of Edmond Santa Fe was one of the state's top prep pitchers.