LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech senior outfielder/designated hitter Adam Kirsch (Spring, Texas) has signed a free agent contract with the New York Yankees. He becomes the fifth Red Raider to be drafted/sign free agent with a Major League Baseball organization this June.
Kirsch will report Monday to Tampa, Fla., the site of the Yankees Class-A Advanced organization, the Tampa Yankees.
Kirsch, an All-Big 12 first team selection and the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, played one season at Tech batting .307 (69-for-225) with 37 runs, 21 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs and 51 RBI.
He ranked among the top players in the Big 12 in total bases (126, 2nd), home runs (3rd) and RBI (3rd). He led the league in slugging percentage (.560) and tied for the Big 12 lead with teammate Bryant Burleson with 21 doubles.
Kirsch paced the Red Raiders in eight NCAA Tournament games leading the team batting .360 (9-for-25) with four extra-base hits, three RBI and six walks with a .484 on-base percentage. Kirsch also led Tech at the College World Series batting .500 (4-for-8) in two games.
Kirsch hit safely in 12 of the final 13 games of the season, posted six game-winning RBI and ranked second on the team with 15 two-out RBI.
Kirsch is the first Red Raider to be drafted by or sign free agent with the Yankees since 2003 when right-handed pitcher Jeff Karstens was selected in the 19th round (No. 574 overall) by the Yankees.
2014 TEXAS TECH PLAYERS DRAFTED/SIGNED FREE AGENT IN MLB DRAFT
- 6th Round – LHP Chris Sadberry (Miami Marlins)
- 8th Round – C Hunter Redman (Los Angeles Dodgers)
- 21st Round – SS Tim Proudfoot (Oakland Athletics)
- 33rd Round – RHP Dominic Moreno (St. Louis Cardinals)
- Free Agent – OF/DH Adam Kirsch (New York Yankees)