LUBBOCK, Texas (Texas Tech Press Release) – The Texas Tech baseball program started the 2014 Major League Baseball season with several former players on MLB rosters and on Minor League Baseball teams trying to reach the big leagues.
Currently, there are 25 former Texas Tech players who are playing with an MLB organization as a player. Throughout the remainder of the summer, Texas Tech athletics communications will provide weekly updates on former Red Raiders competing at the major league and minor league level.
AJ Ramos (RHP – Relief Pitcher – Miami Marlins)
Ramos tallied three scoreless outings last week in three home relief outings against the Cardinals (Aug. 12 – 1.0 IP, 3 SO) and twice against the Diamondbacks (Aug. 14, 17) with a combined three innings with three strikeouts. Ramos hasn’t allowed an earned run in seven straight and in 20 of his last 21 appearances dating back to June 10. On the season, Ramos is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 50 appearances with 50.0 innings pitched, 56 strikeouts and 34 walks allowed. Ramos pitched four years at Tech, 2006-09, and was drafted in 2009 in the 21st round by the Florida Marlins.
Josh Tomlin (RHP – Starting Pitcher – Cleveland Indians)
Tomlin made a start and relief appearance last week while not figuring in the decision in either contest. He went 5.1 innings in a start at home against the D-Backs on Aug. 13 while striking out four in 5.1 scoreless innings. He also struck out one in 0.2 relief innings without allowing a run against the Orioles on Aug. 17. He is 5-8 in 19 outings (16 starts) with a 4.39 ERA in 98.1 innings with 88 strikeouts and 11 walks allowed. Tomlin pitched one season at Tech in 2006 and was drafted in 2006 in the 19th round by the Cleveland Indians.
Chad Bettis (RHP – Relief Pitcher – Colorado Rockies – Triple-A – Colorado Springs Sky Sox)
Bettis has been up in the big leagues and back in Triple-A Colorado Springs several times this season and he is currently with the Sky Sox where he was dominating on Aug. 16 in just his third start of the season. He pitched eight shutout innings allowing three hits and had seven strikeouts in the win. Bettis is 3-2 in 18 appearances with a 1.54 ERA with three saves, 46.2 innings and 48 strikeouts with 15 walks allowed this season. Bettis pitched three seasons at Tech, 2008-2010 and was drafted in 2010 in the second round by the Colorado Rockies.
Bobby Doran (RHP – Starting Pitcher – Chicago White Sox – Triple-A – Charlotte Knights)
Doran, who has 36 career minor league wins, was part of a trade this season going from the Houston Astros organization to the Chicago White Sox – where he joined Triple-A Charlotte. Doran picked up a no decision on Aug. 16 – his most recent start – going 6.1 innings allowing four earned runs with five strikeouts and two walks. He is 6-5 this season with a 5.56 ERA in 28 outings and 16 starts with 115.0 innings, 71 strikeouts and 46 walks allowed. Doran pitched one season at Tech in 2010 and was drafted in 2010 in the third round by the Houston Astros.
Colt Hynes (LHP – Relief Pitcher – Toronto Blue Jays – Triple-A – Buffalo Bisons)
Hynes, who was recently claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo while making one outing with his new team this past week going a scoreless relief inning on Aug. 16 with one strikeout. On the season – all in Triple-A – Hynes is 1-3 with a 4.08 ERA in 43 outings with two saves in 54.0 innings with 47 strikeouts and 10 walks allowed. Hynes pitched two seasons at Tech, 2006-07, and was drafted in 2007 in the 31st round by the San Diego Padres.
Nathan Karns (RHP – Starting Pitcher – Tampa Bay Rays – Triple-A – Durham Bulls)
Karns leads the International League with 142 strikeouts. Despite six scoreless innings and 10 strikeouts, Karns took a no decision in his last start on Aug. 15 without allowing a base hit. He is 9-6 on the season with a 4.45 ERA in 24 starts with 131.1 innings, 142 strikeouts and 56 walks allowed. Karns pitched two years at Tech, 2008-09, and was drafted in 2009 in the 12th round by the Washington Nationals.
Roger Kieschnick (OF –Arizona Diamondbacks – Triple-A – Reno Aces)
Kieschnick has been in Triple-A and the big leagues off and on the entire season – most recently was optioned to Triple-A on Aug. 9. Since returning to the minors Kieschnick has been on fire hitting safely in five of his last six games, including going 4-for-6 on Aug. 11 and also posting at least an RBI on three occasions. In 81 Triple-A games this season, Kieschnick is batting .265 (84-for-317) with 48 runs, 22 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 38 RBI with 25 walks and five stolen bases. Kieschnick was a three-year starter for Tech, 2006-08, and was drafted in 2008 in the third round by the San Francisco Giants.
Dustin Richardson (LHP – Relief Pitcher – Los Angeles Angels – Triple-A – Salt Lake Bees)
Richardson made two relief outings last week – one of them scoreless – while posting 1.0 combined inning of work with a strikeout. He is 3-3 on the season with a 7.05 ERA in 30 outings (3 starts) with two saves, 44.2 innings pitched, 44.2 innings, 50 strikeouts and 22 walks allowed. Richardson pitched two seasons at Tech, 2005-06, and was drafted in 2006 in the fifth round by the Boston Red Sox.
Zach Stewart (RHP – Starting Pitcher – Atlanta Braves – Triple-A – Gwinnett Braves)
Stewart took the loss during his only start this past week despite not allowing an earned run while going six innings with a strikeout and three walks allowed. He allowed a pair of runs – both unearned – that helped Gwinnett Stewart pitched one season at Tech in 2008 and was drafted in 2008 in the third round by the Cincinnati Reds.
Daniel Coulombe (LHP – Relief Pitcher – Los Angeles Dodgers – Double-A – Chattanooga Lookouts)
Coulombe was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga after having a stellar season in Class-A Advanced in the California League this season. Coulombe made one relief appearance last week allowing a run in 1.2 innings with a strikeout and a walk. He is 3-0 this season with a 2.95 ERA in 43 outings in both Single-A and Double-A. He has five saves, 58.0 innings, 83 strikeouts and 24 walks allowed. Coulombe pitched two years at Tech, 2011-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 25th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
James Leverton (LHP –Relief Pitcher – Miami Marlins – Double-A – Jacksonville Suns)
Leverton is currently on the seven-day disabled list with his most recent outing on July 6. Leverton was up for big-league spring training but has been in Double-A this season where he has made seven relief outings with a 0-1 record, 4.15 ERA, 8.2 innings pitched and has seven strikeouts and three walks allowed. He is one of three Red Raiders from the 2008 MLB Draft class (Roger Kieschnick, Zach Stewart) who remain in professional baseball. Leverton pitched three years at Tech, 2006-08, and was drafted in 2008 in the 8th round by the Chicago Cubs.
Reid Redman (RHP – Florida Marlins – Double-A – Jacksonville Suns)
Redman was named to the Florida State League All-Star Game and was recently called back up to Double-A Jacksonville after having a solid season for Class-A Advanced, Jupiter. Redman played two years at Tech as a third baseman, 2011-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 23rd round by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Kelby Tomlinson (SS –San Francisco Giants – Double-A – Richmond Flying Squirrels)
Tomlinson leads the Eastern League with 45 stolen bases and hit safely in a pair of games last week, including a multi-hit game on Aug. 14 going 2-for-5 with an RBI. He is batting .253 (97-for-384) this season with 56 runs, eight doubles, five triples, a home run and has 28 RBI with 42 walks. Tomlinson played one year at Tech in 2011 and was drafted in 2011 in the 12th round by the San Francisco Giants.
Duke von Schamann (RHP – Starting – Cleveland Indians – Double-A – Akron RubberDucks)
von Schamann had a string of four straight wins get snapped last week taking the loss allowing six earned runs in 4.2 innings with three strikeouts and a walk. He is 9-7 on the season with a 4.02 ERA in 25 outings (21 starts) with one save, 141.1 innings, 69 strikeouts and 28 walks allowed. von Schamann pitched two years at Tech, 2011-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 14th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Barrett Barnes (OF –Pittsburgh Pirates – Class A Advanced – Bradenton Marauders)
Barnes was promoted to Class A Advanced Bradenton after batting .313 (5-for-16) in the Gulf Coast League. Barnes was placed on the disabled list following a game on July 21. He is batting .240 (12-for-50) in 17 games this season while playing in Rookie League, Single-A and Class A Advanced. He has nine runs, four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI on the season. Barnes played three years at Tech, 2010-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the first round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Shane Broyles (RHP – Relief Pitcher – Colorado Rockies – Class A Advanced – Modesto Nuts)
Broyles made one relief outings last week (Aug. 17) allowing one earned run with two strikeouts in two innings pitched. He is 2-2 with a 3.56 ERA in 40 outings this season with one save in 60.2 innings with 66 strikeouts and 20 walks allowed. Broyles pitched one year at Tech in 2012 and was drafted in 2012 in the 14th round by the Colorado Rockies.
Brett Bruening (RHP – Chicago White Sox – Single-A – Kannapolis Intimidators)
Bruening is currently on the seven-day disabled list. Bruening, who hasn’t pitched the past three seasons, returned to minor league baseball in 2014 and has made three outings this season – all in relief – with three innings pitched, a walk and a strikeout. Bruening played one year at Tech, 2010, and was drafted in 2010 in the 42nd round by the Chicago White Sox.
Jamodrick McGruder (2B – Cincinnati Reds – Single-A – Dayton Dragons)
McGruder, a 2012 All-American at Texas Tech, has hit safely in three straight games and recently went 2-for-5 with his third homer of the season and two RBI against Bowling Green. He is batting .241 (76-for-315) with 44 runs, 11 doubles, seven triples, three home runs, 26 RBI and 12-of-19 stolen bases. McGruder played three years at Tech, 2010-2012, and was drafted in 2012 in the ninth round by the Seattle Mariners.
Chris Sadberry (LHP – Starting Pitcher – Miami Marlins – Single-A – Greensboro Grasshoppers)
Sadberry was promoted to Class A Greensboro in the South Atlantic League after making four starts in the New York Penn League for Batavia. He has won back-to-back outings with a combined nine innings pitched, one earned run allowed with seven strikeouts and three walks allowed. In both minor league levels this season, Sadberry is 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA in nine outings – eight starts – with 35.0 innings, 32 strikeouts and nine walks allowed. Sadberry pitched one year at Tech, 2014, and was drafted in 2014 in the sixth round by the Miami Marlins.
Andre Wheeler (LHP – Relief Pitcher – Chicago White Sox – Single-A – Kannapolis Intimidators)
Wheeler continued his impressive scoreless innings streak which has now reached 17 straight innings without allowing a run following his second straight win on Aug. 16. Wheeler hasn’t allowed a run since July 25 while spanning four straight scoreless outings (July 31-Aug. 16). He is 3-3 on the season with a 2.99 ERA in 26 outings (14 starts) with 87.1 innings, 97 strikeouts and 31 walks allowed. Wheeler pitched three years at Tech, 2011-13, and was drafted in 2013 in the 15th round by the Chicago White Sox.
Trey Masek (RHP – Relief Pitcher – Chicago Cubs – Short-Season A – Boise Hawks)
Masek, who was held in extended spring training due to injury, has made two relief outings this season with a 9.82 ERA in 3.2 innings with five strikeouts and four walks allowed. Masek’s first outing came on June 18 when he struck out four in two scoreless innings. Masek pitched three years at Tech, 2011-13, and was drafted in 2013 in the fifth round by the Chicago Cubs.
Jerad McCrummen (RHP – Relief Pitcher – Colorado Rockies – Short-Season A – Tri-City Dust Devils)
McCrummen made a scoreless outings on Aug. 15 throwing two innings without giving up a hit with one strikeout. He is 4-1 this season with a 3.18 ERA in 19 relief outings with a save, 34.0 innings, 28 strikeouts and nine walks allowed. McCrummen pitched three years at Tech, 2011-2013, and was drafted in 2013 in the 23rd round by the Colorado Rockies.
Jonny Drozd (LHP – New York Yankees – Rookie League – Gulf Coast League Yankees)
Drozd has been nothing short of dominating during his brief pro career while adding two saves to his year-one resume this past week with two additional scoreless relief outings. Drozd has five saves, a perfect 0.00 ERA and made nine relief appearances with 11.1 innings pitched, 17 strikeouts and he hasn’t allowed a walk this season. Drozd pitched two years at Tech, 2013-14, and signed a free agent contract in 2014 with the New York Yankees.
Adam Kirsch (OF – New York Yankees – Rookie League – Gulf Coast League Yankees)
Kirsch had a memorable first couple games in professional baseball going 5-for-10 with four runs, two doubles, two home runs – a grand slam – and seven RBI during his first two career games in professional baseball. Kirsch finished last week going 0-for-2 with a walk on July 5. Kirsch played one year at Tech, 2014, and signed a free agent contract in 2014 with the New York Yankees.
Hunter Redman (C – Los Angeles Dodgers – Rookie League – Ogden Raptors)
Redman has now hit safely in six of his last seven games while going 1-for-3 with a run scored during his last game on Aug. 17. Redman is batting .237 (9-for-38) with five runs, a double, two home runs and five RBI this season. Redman played one year at Tech, 2014, and was drafted in 2014 in the eighth round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.