Cumbie drafted by Astros in 38th round

A former Lufkin Panther who has spent the last two years with the Houston Cougars had his name called on Wednesday as he was taken in the 38th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Houston Astros.

Cumbie, who was a standout pitcher and quarterback for the Panthers, was a draft-eligible sophomore after a stellar two years for the Cougars.

He became the staff ace for a Houston team that spent much of the season in the national rankings before hosting a regional.

After starting the season as a mid-week starter, he became one of the most reliable arms on the Houston staff.

Cumbie was recently named to the Second-Team All-America Team by Collegiate Baseball. The American Athletic Conference’s Co-Pitcher of the Year was also recently named the NCBWA Pitcher of the Month for May.

Cumbie had a 0.53 ERA while allowing 22 hits and four strikeouts with 28 strikeouts in May.

For the season, Cumbie had a 2.04 ERA with a 10-2 record. Cumbie struck out 82 batters in 101 1/3 innings. He pitched four shutouts in 15 appearances.

The Cougars finished two wins shy of the College World Series Super Regionals as they were knocked out by Texas A&M in a 4-3 decision.

Despite being taken in the late rounds of the draft, Cumbie is expected to return to the University of Houston for his junior season.

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