Texas A&M-Corpus Christi alum Jacob Dorris will return to Corpus Christi to start the baseball season. The Islander turned Astros prospect will pitch out of the Hooks bullpen to start the year.

An undrafted free agent in 2015, Dorris signed with the Astros after his senior year at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Going undrafted gives him competitiveness and perspective in his journey.

“It’s pressure but at the same time it’s fun,” Dorris said.

“I tell people all the time I’m playing with house money. Every game you play past high school is a blessing.”

Dorris was back in Corpus last year as the Hooks’ closer… pitching in eight games and notching four saves with a sub-two ERA.

“It was kinda eerie because it kinda felt like the Kleberg Classic,” Dorris said.

“You kind of convince yourself ‘oh it’s not that different than playing Missouri or whoever it was at the Kleberg Classic. I actually had the exact same locker i had in college as well. It was kind of meant to be.”

“He was thrown into a very tough spot trying to close out games at that level,” Hooks manager Rodney Linares said.

“He had some success but he went through some ups and downs.”

Dorris spent this offseason in the Arizona fall league, a highly competitive league filled with the best prospects in baseball. He had eight appearances, seven of them came out scoreless.

“So hopefully this year after being in the fall league and having a full spring playing with higher competition hopefully he can come out and compete for the closer role,” Linares added.

His college coach Scott Malone also had a run in the pro game, drafted by the Rangers out of TCU. He’s a mentor for Jacob before and after he got his diploma.

“One month everybody loves you and you’re the new thing. You have a few bad outings and all of a sudden you’re at the end of the line and you can’t get any innings,” Malone shared his advice to Dorris to 3Sports.

“Perseverance overall,” Dorris echoed.

“There’s gonna be ups, there’s gonna be downs. It’s not always gonna be easy, and I think the minor league lifestyle embodies that.

A minor league lifestyle that brings him full circle back to Corpus Christi, as he works to become one of the 7 percent of undrafted players who make it to the bigs.