LUBBOCK, Texas (Texas Tech Press Release) – Texas Tech shortstop Tim Proudfoot (North Bend, Wash.) and right-handed pitcher Dominic Moreno (Farmington, N.M.) will return for their senior seasons after passing on opportunities to sign with Major League Baseball organizations with today’s 4 p.m. CT signing deadline for the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Proudfoot was a 21st round draft selection (No. 642 overall) by the Oakland Athletics while Moreno went in the 33rd round (No. 1,005) to the St. Louis Cardinals. It marks the first time in school history that a pair of Red Raiders will return to campus after being drafted.
Three Red Raider newcomers also passed on the MLB Draft as right-handed pitcher/outfielder Quinn Carpenter (Iowa Western CC) was drafted in the 17th round (No. 504) by the Toronto Blue Jays, catcher Kholeton Sanchez (New Mexico JC) was drafted in the 32nd round (No. 959) by the Los Angeles Angels and right-handed pitcher/outfielder Patrick Mahomes (Whitehouse, Texas) – who will also play football for the Red Raiders – was drafted in the 37th round (No. 1,120) by the Detroit Tigers.
Proudfoot is a three-year starter for the Red Raiders at shortstop while having his best season as a junior in 2014 batting .309 (46-for-149) with five doubles, 19 RBI and committing just two errors (.990 fielding percentage) in 210 chances.
Proudfoot has played in 151 career games at Tech (148 starts) with 24 doubles, eight triples, five home runs and 82 RBI with a career .967 fielding percentage.
Moreno has spent time the past two seasons as the team’s Friday-night starter while making the move to the bullpen late in the 2014 season during Tech’s historic season ending with its first-ever appearance at the College World Series.
Moreno went 4-5 as a junior with 22 outings (8 starts), 3.14 ERA and two saves with 66.0 innings and 56 strikeouts and 24 walks allowed.
During his two seasons at Tech, Moreno is 7-9 with a 3.48 ERA in 34 appearances (18 starts) with three saves, 126.2 innings, 110 strikeouts and 47 walks allowed.
Carpenter helped lead Iowa Western CC to the 2014 NJCAA National Championship with a 56-11 overall record. Carpenter went 8-0 with a 2.70 ERA and struck out 75 batters allowing 17 walks in 50.0 innings pitched while making 18 outings with three starts. He tallied two complete games and two shutouts.
Carpenter also shined at the plate during his sophomore season with a .390 (60-for-154) batting average with 44 runs, 12 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 58 RBI.
Sanchez batted .324 (45-for-139) with seven doubles, two triples and three home runs with 41 RBI during this past season. He was 10-of-14 in stolen base attempts and was considered by many one of the top defensive catchers in the NCAA Region V.
Mahomes hit nearly .500 during his senior season while going 5-2 on the mound with a 1.78 ERA. He was named the Associated Press Texas High School Football Player of the Year as a senior while leading Whitehouse High School to a 12-1 record at quarterback with 4,619 passing yards and 50 touchdown passes while rushing for 920 yards and 15 touchdowns.
TIM PROUDFOOT ON RETURNING FOR SENIOR SEASON:
“After a lot of thought on the decision to sign (with Oakland) or return for my senior season, my family and I feel that it is in my best interest to return to Texas Tech to finish out my senior year. I am really looking forward to my final season as a Red Raider and I can’t wait to see all of the Red Raider fans.”
DOMINIC MORENO ON RETURNING FOR SENIOR SEASON:
“I can’t wait to be back at Texas Tech. I’ve had a lot of dreams come true the past few years and being a Red Raider for my senior season will just add to that list of dreams coming true. I’ve strived for this school to be the best since I arrived here and I’m going to continue to put in the work necessary to achieve all of those goals.”
Red Raiders Drafted the Year Before Joining Texas Tech (since 2007):
2014 – RHP/OF Quinn Carpenter (17th Round) – Toronto Blue Jays
2014 – C Kholeton Sanchez (32nd Round) – Los Angeles Angels
2014 – RHP/OF Patrick Mahomes (37th Round) – Detroit Tigers
2013 - LHP Ty Damron (13th Round) - Los Angeles Dodgers
2013 - RHP Ryan Moseley (36th Round) - Tampa Bay Rays
2012 - RHP Matt Withrow (37th Round) - Texas Rangers
2011 - INF Matt Eureste (40th Round) - Cleveland Indians
2011 - OF Devon Conley (47th Round) - Baltimore Orioles
2010 - OF Andre Wheeler (22nd Round) - Los Angeles Dodgers
2010 - RHP Taylor Christian (41st Round) - New York Mets
2009 - LHP Jay Johnson (25th Round) - Baltimore Orioles
2009 - RHP Brandon Petite (30th Round) - Houston Astros
2009 - RHP Bobby Doran (36th Round) - Pittsburgh Pirates
2009 - 1B Stephen Hagen (42nd Round) - Seattle Mariners
2008 - RHP Colt Farrar (32nd Round) - Milwaukee Brewers
2007 - RHP Chad Bettis (8th Round) - Houston Astros
2007 - OF Tanner Rindels (36th Round) - Detroit Tigers