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.
Chad Bettis (RHP – Relief Pitcher – Colorado Rockies)
Bettis made one outing last week where he took the loss on a walk-off win by the Pirates on July 19 in Pittsburgh allowing one run on two hits in 0.1 innings. Bettis has 18 outings on the season with a 0-2 record, 8.87 ERA in 22.1 innings with 13 strikeouts and 10 walks allowed. Bettis pitched three seasons at Tech, 2008-2010 and was drafted in 2010 in the second round by the Colorado Rockies.
AJ Ramos (RHP – Relief Pitcher – Miami Marlins)
Ramos has returned to action following time on the 15-day disabled list. He has made 11 straight scoreless appearances while posting a 4-0 record this season with a 2.06 ERA in 41 outings with 39.1 innings pitched, 44 strikeouts and 29 walks allowed. Ramos has made two scoreless outings since returning from the DL – going a scoreless inning at home against the Giants (July 19) and pitching a scoreless frame with two strikeouts on July 21 at Atlanta. 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 took a loss during his last start on July 20 at Detroit going 4.1 innings allowing four earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts and a walk allowed. On the season, Tomlin is 5-7 with a 4.43 ERA in 14 outings (13 starts) with one complete game, one shutout, 81.1 innings pitched, 72 strikeouts and 10 walks allowed. Tomlin pitched one season at Tech in 2006 and was drafted in 2006 in the 19th round by the Cleveland Indians.
Bobby Doran (RHP – Starting Pitcher – Chicago White Sox – Triple-A – Charlotte Knights)
Doran, who has 34 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 is 2-0 since joining Charlotte – with his most recent win coming on July 21 going six innings allowing three runs on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks allowed. Doran is 4-4 this season with a 5.40 ERA in 23 outings (11 starts) with 80.2 innings, 41 strikeouts and 29 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 – Los Angeles Dodgers – Triple-A – Albuquerque Isotopes)
Hynes made one relief outing last week earning the win in 1.1 innings with two strikeouts allowing just one run on three hits. Hynes is 1-3 this season with a 4.74 ERA in 36 outings. He has two saves in 43.2 innings with 38 strikeouts and nine 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 currently ranks second in the International League with 104 strikeouts while having won three straight starts – his most recent on July 18 going 6.2 scoreless innings with five strikeouts and two walks allowed. He is 7-5 this season with a 5.26 ERA in 19 starts with 99.1 innings pitched, 104 strikeouts and 46 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 was optioned to Triple-A Reno on July 12 after the D-Backs activated outfielder Mark Trumbo from the disabled list. Kieschnick has played in 19 games at the big-league level this season with a .207 batting average in 29 bat-bats with a double, home run and two RBI. Kieschnick is batting .276 (70-for-254) in Triple-A this season in 66 games with 19 doubles, two triples and 10 home runs with 30 RBI. 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 returned from the disabled list on July 9 after missing nearly a month with an injury. Richardson made three outings this past week while earning a win in his most recent appearance going 1.1 scoreless innings on Monday with two strikeouts to earn the win against Reno. He is 2-3 on the season with a 6.62 ERA in 17 outings (3 starts) with 35.1 innings, 35 strikeouts and 17 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 made his first rehab start today since being placed on the disabled list after his last start on June 8. He is 4-3 with a 3.88 ERA in 72.0 innings with 36 strikeouts and 22 walks. He won his most recent outing in relief going 5.2 innings allowing just one earned run on six hits with two walks allowed on June 8. 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 has made a pair of scoreless outings in Double-A, his most recent on July 19 going two innings with five strikeouts without allowing a hit or a walk. Coulombe is 3-0 this season with a 2.85 ERA in 33 relief outings with five saves, 47.1 innings, 68 strikeouts and 17 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.
Kelby Tomlinson (SS –San Francisco Giants – Double-A – Richmond Flying Squirrels)
Tomlinson is one of the hottest hitters in Double-A Eastern League with a .349 (15-for-43) average over his last 10 games, which includes four multi-hit games (July 9-21). He leads the Eastern League with 41 stolen bases and is batting .272 (83-for-305) on the season with 45 runs and seven doubles and four triples with 26 RBI and 36 walks. Recently he went 5-for-7 with two runs, a double, triple and RBI with a walk and stolen base during Richmond’s 15-inning win over Harrisburg while winning the game with a walk-off RBI single up the middle. 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 suffered his sixth straight loss on July 20 allowing three runs on four hits in 7.2 innings with five strikeouts without allowing a walk. He is 5-6 this season with a 4.40 ERA in 20 outings (16 starts) with one save, 108.1 innings, 52 strikeouts and 26 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 recently went 3-for-4 with a run, double and RBI during his fifth game in Class A Advanced. Overall, on the season, Barnes is batting .240 (12-for-50) with nine runs, four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI with four stolen bases in 17 games. 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 hasn’t allowed an earned run in eight of his last 10 outings while posting back-to-back appearances this past week without allowing a run. He is 2-2 on the season with a 3.88 ERA in 34 relief outings with a save, 51.1 innings, 56 strikeouts and 18 walks allowed. He has a 1.15 ERA during his last 10 outings with 17 strikeouts and four walks allowed in 15.2 innings pitched. Broyles pitched one year at Tech in 2012 and was drafted in 2012 in the 14th round by the Colorado Rockies.
Reid Redman (RHP – Florida Marlins – Class A Advanced – Jupiter Hammerheads)
Redman was named to the Florida State League All-Star Game after starting the year as one of the top relievers in Class A-Advanced. Redman – who also made one outing in Double-A this season – is 2-1 with a 2.72 ERA in 29 relief outings with four saves, 42.0 innings, 46 strikeouts and nine walks allowed. Redman played two years at Tech, 2011-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 23rd round by the Tampa Bay Rays.
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, is batting .328 (19-for-58) with runners in scoring position this season. Last week, McGruder went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI on July 19. He is batting .249 (64-for-257) this season with 35 runs, 10 doubles, six triples, two home runs, 22 RBI and 37 walks with eight stolen bases. McGruder played three years at Tech, 2010-2012, and was drafted in 2012 in the ninth round by the Seattle Mariners.
Andre Wheeler (LHP – Relief Pitcher – Chicago White Sox – Single-A – Kannapolis Intimidators)
Wheeler made one outing last week going two scoreless innings on July 18 with two hits allowed and one strikeout. Wheeler is 1-2 this season with a 3.27 ERA in 21 outings (10 starts) with 66.0 innings, 79 strikeouts and 21 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 two outings last week – both in relief – with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings allowing there earned runs. On the season, McCrummen is 3-0 with a 3.04 ERA in 11 outings with 23.2 innings, 21 strikeouts and five walks allowed. McCrummen pitched three years at Tech, 2011-2013, and was drafted in 2013 in the 23rd round by the Colorado Rockies.
Chris Sadberry (LHP – Starting Pitcher – Miami Marlins – Short-Season A – Batavia Muckdogs)
Sadberry made his third pro start last week with a three-inning start without allowing a run with two hits allowed and three strikeouts without allowing a walk. He is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts with seven innings pitched, six strikeouts and one walk allowed. Sadberry pitched one year at Tech, 2014, and was drafted in 2014 in the sixth round by the Miami Marlins.
Jonny Drozd (LHP – New York Yankees – Rookie League – Gulf Coast League Yankees)
Drozd made a pair of scoreless outings last week with a scoreless frame and strikeout on July 19 and also notched 0.2 scoreless innings with a strikeout on July 22. He is 0-0 with a perfect 0.00 ERA in three outings with one save, 2.2 innings pitched and five strikeouts without allowing a walk. 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 is batting .167 (3-for-18) in seven games with a run scored, double and RBI. Redman went 2-for-3 during his first career pro start on July 2. Redman played one year at Tech, 2014, and was drafted in 2014 in the eighth round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.