Shane Baz was a RHP/IF who played for the TAPPS DI Concordia Lutheran Crusaders 2016-2017. As a senior, Baz was 6-1 with an 0.90 ERA and 90 Ks in 46.2 innings. At the plate, he batted .434 with 9 Home Runs and 23 RBIs. He was chosen as a 1st Team All-State Pitcher and was selected to the ALL-USA Baseball 1st Team.
In his junior season, Baz was 3-1 with a 1.07 ERA and 46 K’s in 26 innings. At the plate, he batted .443 with 6 Doubles, 3 Home Runs and 23 RBIs. He was named to the TAPPS 3-5A All-District Team as a 1st Team RHP/3B. He was also named to the 1st Team of the TAPPS Class 5A All-State Team.
In the summer of 2015, Baz was selected to play in the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars, the Perfect Game All-American Classic and the Under Armour All-American Game. He was also a member of the USA Baseball 18U National Team.
Baz signed a National Letter of Intent with Texas Christian University. He was selected by the Pittsburg Pirates with the 12th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. Baz signed with the Pirates on June 16, 2017 with a signing bonus of $4.1 million.
Baz pitched in the Pirates organization until he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays on August 14, 2018. In 3 years, Baz has compiled a 7-10 record with a 3.60 ERA and 165 K’s in 157.1 innings and 39 starts in his minor league career.
The complete 20 member THSB All-Decade Team can be found in the 2020 Preseason THSB Magazine.