2011 TCL All-Star Ty Marlow returns this summer to East Texas, where he’ll be joined by his brother Brooks, the starting second baseman for the Longhorns
Baseball has the Molina brothers, football features the Mannings, basketball boasts the Gasols… and we all know about Warner Brothers, Parker Brothers and even the Blues Brothers.
Now, East Texas will have the Marlow brothers.
The East Texas Pump Jacks announced today the first two players for the team’s fifth anniversary roster, brothers Ty and Brooks Marlow. Ty is a sophomore at McLennan Community College, and younger sibling Brooks is freshman at the University of Texas.
Ty is no stranger to Pump Jacks Nation. He played for East Texas last summer following his freshman year at Texas A&M. Ty batted .283 on the season for the Jacks and tied with Seth Granger for the team lead with three home runs, placing him fifth in the league. He also scored 27 runs and drove in 20 RBI. Ty was chosen to start in the 2011 TCL All-Star Game and he was selected to participate in the event’s pregame home run derby.
With only three at-bats last spring, Ty never really had a chance to prove himself for the Aggies. He’s certainly making up for that this year at McLennan, where he is batting .479 and leading the Highlanders in nearly every offensive category. He’s hit seven home runs and ten doubles for a whopping .972 slugging percentage. Ty has posted 38 RBI and scored 28 runs while leading McLennan to an 18-3 record.
While Ty was raking for the Highlanders, Brooks was making a name for himself with the Longhorns. In fact, he didn’t waste any time making a splash, hitting two home runs in his first collegiate game to lead the Longhorns over Duke. His introductory outburst earned Brooks the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week award in the season’s opening weekend.
Two weeks later, Brooks captured the Big 12 award again when he batted .600 and slugged .900 at the Houston College Classic, a tournament that included top-five ranked Rice and Arkansas. Brooks went 3-for-5 with three RBI against Rice, as well as 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and two RBI versus Tennessee. He was one of just three freshmen named to the All-Tournament Team after leading the event in both batting and slugging.
For the season, Brooks is batting .277 and he leads the Longhorns in homers (two), run scored (eight) and RBI (10).
High school ball was a family affair for the Marlows, who played under their father Mike at Giddings High School. The pair led the Buffaloes to state runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2010, and each one was named to the all-state team three times. Both brothers were selected all-district every year in high school, with Brooks picking up all-Centex honors three times to Ty’s one. Brooks was also named district offensive MVP as a junior and then district MVP as a senior.
A year-by-year look at the numbers shows just why they picked up so many honors. As a freshman in 2007, Ty batted .376, and then as a sophomore batted .493 with six homers and 37 RBI. His average spiked to .576 in 2009, his junior campaign, when he also hit 12 homers and drove in 51 runs to lead the Buffaloes to the first of two straight state championship games. That same year, Brooks batted .568 with 12 homers and 37 RBI as a sophomore.
In 2010, the senior Ty batted .491 and hit eight homers, while Brooks batted .588 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI. After Ty moved on to A&M, Brooks batted .591 with 12 homers as a senior.
The truth is, baseball has been in the blood for both brothers since birth, when they were each named after famous ballplayers. Ty was named for Hall of Famer of Ty Cobb, while the inspiration for Brooks came when his mother was watching Longhorn legend Brooks Kieschnick.
The Marlows kick off the Pump Jacks’ fifth anniversary season on June 1 when they travel to McKinney to take on the Marshals. The home opener is Wednesday, June 6, at historic Driller Park against the very same McKinney squad. Click here for the complete 2012 schedule.
Season tickets for this summer are already on sale, but fans have to act today to receive a free limited edition T-shirt for every seat they buy! Lower Box seats, which include in-you-seat wait service, are just $199 each, and Upper Box seats are $150. Grandstand season tickets are $105 for adults and $85 for children and seniors. Fans who purchase their season tickets and pay in full today will receive a free limited edition T-shirt, one that won’t be available in the merchandise stand or anywhere else! Click here for more information on Pump Jacks season tickets.
To follow all the news about the roster, promotions for the coming season and even fifth anniversary merchandise, visit the team’s official web site at www.pumpjacksbaseball.com. You can also interact with other members of Pump Jacks Nation by visiting the Jacks on Facebook and Twitter.