Above photo of Weston Dean playing at Angelina College/Courtesy of Angelina College Athletics Department
Weston Dean has had quite a journey through his baseball career.
The infielder battled his way into a starting role at Montgomery High School amidst a strong core of future collegiate standouts, eventually helping the Bears reach the UIL 5A state playoffs in 2021.
He then went to Grayson College, but saw action in just nine games with 14 at-bats as a freshman. Soon after, a more favorable opportunity presented itself at Angelina College, and he proved to be a productive part of the lineup in 2023…when he was on the field. He hit .345 in 55 at-bats, finishing the season by going 6-for-8 in a doubleheader against Northeast Texas CC.
But as it turned out, Dean played in just 22 of the Roadrunners’ 55 games this past spring, sidelined by untimely injuries at multiple points in the season. The hurdles more than tested his mental fortitude.
But ultimately, all of the adversity produced a more-refined player, and one with an exceptional handle on the mental aspect of the sport as he prepares for a new challenge in Belton, beginning this fall.
Dean publicly committed to UMHB on May 31, and is currently one of three junior college transfers in the Crusaders’ incoming class. True To The Cru’s Riley Zayas talked with Dean over the weekend in what was a great conversation, covering what made UMHB the program for him, the challenges he has overcome, and his lifelong interest in engineering. All that and more is featured in this edition of “Catching up with the Commits”!