LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech baseball program started the 2013 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 26 former Texas Tech players who are playing with an MLB organization as a player. Throughout the remainder of the 2013 MLB season, 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 has now made 16 straight outings without allowing an earned run for the Marlins in a streak that dates back to June 18. He made three scoreless appearances last week with five strikeouts in a combined three innings of work without allowing a base hit. This past week Ramos recorded his sixth hold of the season pitching a scoreless seventh inning against the Pirates during a 2-0 win on Friday while striking out Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez – both swinging – before Russell Martin was caught looking at strike three. Ramos is 3-3 this season with a 3.19 ERA in 43 appearances with 53.2 innings pitched, 57 strikeouts and just 26 walks allowed. Ramos is in his first full season as a big leaguer this year after making his debut in September of 2012. Ramos pitched four years at Tech, 2006-09, and was drafted in 2009 in the 21st round by the Florida Marlins.
Colt Hynes (LHP – Relief Pitcher – San Diego Padres)
Hynes made two appearances in relief last week while allowing a run on one hit with a strikeout on the road at Milwaukee and he also allowed three earned runs on five hits with two strikeouts in two innings in relief at Arizona on Friday. Hynes is 0-0 in four big-league outings with a 7.71 ERA in 4.2 innings with three strikeouts with zero walks allowed. Hynes became the 25th Red Raider to make their MLB debut on July 14 when he pitched a perfect three-up, three-down top of the ninth inning to secure a Padres’ 10-1 win over the Giants in San Diego’s final game before the all-star break. Hynes spent seven seasons with 323 appearances in minor league baseball before making his debut. Hynes pitched two seasons at Tech, 2006-07, and was drafted in 2007 in the 31st round by the San Diego Padres.
Jeff Karstens (RHP – Starting Pitcher – Pittsburgh Pirates)
Karstens underwent right shoulder rotator cuff and labrum surgery in June and is expected to miss 10-12 weeks of action. The 2013 season will mark Karsten’s eighth as a big leaguer while owning 26 career wins and a 4.44 career ERA in 138 appearances and 92 starts. Karstens pitched one season at Tech in 2003 and was drafted in 2003 in the 19th round by the New York Yankees.
Josh Tomlin (RHP – Starting Pitcher – Cleveland Indians)
Tomlin had successful Tommy John surgery on his right pitching elbow in August of 2012 and was placed on the team’s 60-day disabled list on February 15. He has been throwing off the mound in rehab work, but is expected to miss most of if not all of the 2013 season for the Tribe. Tomlin pitched one season at Tech in 2006 and was drafted in 2006 in the 19th round by the Cleveland Indians.
Jay Johnson (LHP – Relief Pitcher – Philadelphia Phillies – Triple-A – Lehigh Valley IronPigs)
Johnson made three outings last week – two scoreless – while pitching 3.1 innings with four strikeouts while allowing four earned runs on three hits with six walks. In both Double-A and Triple-A combined, Johnson is 2-3 this season with a 3.24 ERA in 42 outings with three saves, 41.2 innings pitched and 52 strikeouts with 32 walks allowed. Johnson pitched one year at Tech in 2010 and was drafted in 2010 in the 26th round by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Roger Kieschnick (OF –San Francisco Giants – Triple-A – Fresno Grizzlies)
Kieschnick was named a Pacific Coast League Triple-A All-Star while continuing a standout year. He had a solid week last week batting .375 (9-for-24) with four runs, four doubles, two home runs and three RBI in six games. He had four multi-hit games last week while hitting at least one double in four of the six games. He is batting .273 (102-for-374) this season with 50 runs, 27 doubles, nine triples, 13 home runs and 56 RBI this season. Kieschnick was a three-year starter for Tech, 2006-08, and was drafted in 2008 in the third round by the San Francisco Giants.
James Leverton (LHP –Relief Pitcher – Miami Marlins – Triple-A – New Orleans Zephyrs)
Since receiving a promotion to Triple-A, Leverton has been impressive in 20 outings with a 3-1 record, 2.06 ERA and 35.0 innings pitched with just 20 hits allowed and 34 strikeouts with 12 walks. Last week he made one scoreless outings while pitching 1.2 innings with a strikeout. This season, in both Double-A and Triple-A outings, he is 4-2 with a 3.44 ERA in 31 outings – 30 in relief – with one save, 55.0 innings pitched, 53 strikeouts and 14 walks while opponents are batting .212 against him. Leverton pitched three years at Tech, 2006-08, and was drafted in 2008 in the 8th round by the Chicago Cubs.
Dustin Richardson (LHP – Starting/Relief Pitcher – Los Angeles Angels – Triple-A – Salt Lake Bees)
Richardson went 1-1 this past week in a pair of starts while combining for 9.2 innings pitched, eight strikeouts and allowing 11 runs on 16 hits. He is 4-2 this season with a 5.80 ERA in 11 outings (6 starts) with 35.2 innings pitched, 28 strikeouts and 23 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 – Chicago White Sox – Triple-A – Charlotte Knights)
Stewart took a loss last week in a start where he went seven innings allowing two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts. He now has at least six strikeouts in five of his last seven starts. This season he is 5-11 with a 4.78 ERA in 21 starts with 124.1 innings pitched with 93 strikeouts and 26 walks allowed. Stewart pitched one season at Tech in 2008 and was drafted in 2008 in the third round by the Cincinnati Reds.
Chad Bettis (RHP – Starting Pitcher – Colorado Rockies – Double-A – Tulsa Drillers)
Bettis took a no decision last week despite not allowing a run in seven innings with eight strikeouts and three walks allowed against Arkansas. Bettis has at least six strikeouts in each of his last four starts dating back to July 8. He is 3-4 this season with a 3.71 ERA in 12 starts with 63.0 innings pitched, 68 strikeouts and 13 walks allowed. He is one of only two pitchers in the Texas League with at least 68 strikeouts and fewer than 70 innings pitched. 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/Relief Pitcher – Houston Astros – Double-A – Corpus Christi Hooks)
Doran made his second Triple-A start last week as a spot starter for the RedHawks while taking a no decision allowing just one run and five hits in 5.1 innings with two strikeouts and one walk allowed. He is 8-2 this season with a 3.21 ERA in both Double-A and Triple-A in 24 outings (14 starts). He has two saves with 98.0 innings of work with 68 strikeouts and 24 walks allowed. He is scheduled to make his next start for Corpus Christi on Monday at 7:05 p.m. on the road at San Antonio. Doran pitched one season at Tech in 2010 and was drafted in 2010 in the third round by the Houston Astros.
Nathan Karns (RHP – Starting Pitcher – Washington Nationals – Double-A – Harrisburg Senators)
Karns became the 24th Red Raider to make his MLB debut earlier this season (May 28) but has since been sent back down to Double-A Harrisburg. Karns made two starts last week with a 0-1 record and a no decision with 14 innings pitched and 18 strikeouts allowing seven runs and 11 hits with seven walks. he is 7-4 this season in Double-A with a 3.41 ERA in 17 starts with two complete games. He has 92.1 innings pitched with 110 strikeouts and 38 walks allowed. In three big-league starts this season, Karns went 0-1 with two no decisions in 12 innings with 11 strikeouts and six walks allowed. Karns pitched two years at Tech, 2008-09, and was drafted in 2009 in the 12th round by the Washington Nationals.
Duke von Schamann (RHP – Starting – Los Angeles Dodgers – Double-A – Chattanooga Lookouts)
von Schamann led Class A with eight wins before being promoted to Double-A in the middle of June. He is currently among all minor league leaders with 10 wins this year. Last week von Schamann suffered his second straight loss while allowing four runs on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks in 5.2 innings pitched. He is now 10-5 on the season in both Class-A Advanced and Double-A with a 3.95 ERA in 20 starts. He has 111.2 innings pitched, 87 strikeouts and 30 walks given up. von Schamann pitched two years at Tech, 2011-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 14th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kelby Tomlinson (SS –San Francisco Giants – Double-A – Richmond Flying Squirrels)
Tomlinson became the first Red Raider from the 2011 MLB Draft class to reach Double-A when he was promoted this past week to Richmond after batting .276 in 32 games at Class-A Advanced this season. Tomlinson went 2-for-4 last Tuesday in his Double-A debut. He played a total of five games in a five-day span (July 23-27) during his first week of Double-A action. This season, at all minor league levels, Tomlinson is batting .263 (47-for-179) with 22 runs, eight doubles, one triple, one home run, 18 RBI and 18 walks with six stolen bases. Tomlinson played one year at Tech in 2011 and was drafted in 2011 in the 12th round by the San Francisco Giants.
Daniel Coulombe (LHP – Relief Pitcher – Los Angeles Dodgers – Class A Advanced – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes)
Coulombe made three relief outings last week while combining for seven strikeouts in 5.1 innings while also allowing four runs on four hits with a walk. Coulombe is 2-2 this season with a 4.56 ERA in 42 outings (all relief) with 51.1 innings, 60 strikeouts and 41 walks allowed. Coulombe is one of only three pitchers in the California League with at least 60 strikeouts and fewer than 55 innings pitched. Coulombe pitched two years at Tech, 2011-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 25th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Zach Fowler (LHP – Relief Pitcher – Baltimore Orioles – Class A Advanced – Frederick Keys)
Fowler made just one relief outing last week allowing three runs on five hits in two innings with two strikeouts. He is 3-4 this season with a 2.68 ERA in 28 outings – all relief – with two saves, 53.2 innings, 41 strikeouts and 19 walks allowed. Fowler pitched one year at Tech in 2011 and was drafted in 2011 in the 34th round by the Baltimore Orioles.
Robbie Kilcrease (LHP – Relief Pitcher – Pittsburgh Pirates – Class A Advanced – Bradenton Marauders)
Kilcrease made two scoreless relief outings last week combining for two innings pitched and four strikeouts. His second outings last week on July 28 he recorded his sixth save of the season. He is 4-1 with a 1.40 ERA in 31 outings with 51.1 innings, six saves and has 35 strikeouts with 18 walks allowed. He is currently 15th in the Florida State League in saves. Kilcrease pitched three years at Tech, 2008-09, 2011, and signed as a free agent in 2011 with the Pirates.
Barrett Barnes (OF –Pittsburgh Pirates – Single-A – West Virginia Power)
Barnes played in a doubleheader early last week before being placed on the disabled list after injuring his right hamstring, the same hamstring that limited Barnes’ action earlier this season. He is currently batting .268 (49-for-183) with 26 runs, nine doubles, five home runs, 24 RBI and 17 walks with 10 stolen bases in 46 games this season. Barnes played three years at Tech, 2010-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the first round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Jamodrick McGruder (LF – Seattle Mariners – Single-A – Clinton LumberKings)
McGruder is 0-for-24 during his three weeks in Class-A Clinton while tallying two runs scored and two walks. McGruder is batting .235 (20-for-85) on the season with 17 runs, two doubles, three triples, one home run, seven RBI and eight stolen bases in 31 games at Short-Season A and Class-A Advanced. McGruder played three years at Tech, 2010-2012, and was drafted in 2012 in the ninth round by the Seattle Mariners.
Rusty Shellhorn (LHP – Relief Pitcher – Seattle Mariners – Single-A – Clinton LumberKings)
Shellhorn suffered a season-ending knee injury during his last outing on June 7 as he tore the ACL in his right knee while covering first base. He finishes the season 0-1 with a 5.48 ERA in 11 appearances – 4 starts – with 21.1 innings, 15 strikeouts and 14 walks allowed while opponents batted .326 against him. Shellhorn pitched one year at Tech in 2012 and was drafted in 2012 in the 31st round by the Seattle Mariners.
Andre Wheeler (LHP – Relief Pitcher – Chicago White Sox – Single-A – Kannapolis Intimidators)
Wheeler was promoted last week to Class A Kannapolis in the South Atlantic League. In nine appearances in Rookie League he was 0-1 with a 2.03 ERA in nine appearances – all relief – with two saves, 13.1 innings pitched Wheeler pitched three years at Tech, 2011-13, and was drafted in 2013 in the 15th round by the Chicago White Sox.
Shane Broyles (RHP – Starting Pitcher – Colorado Rockies – Short-Season A – Tri-City Dusters)
Broyles has been impressive since being moved to Tri-City in Short-Season A following his start of the season at Class-A Asheville. Broyles made two appearances last week combining for five innings with nine strikeouts allowing just two runs. In Short-Season A, Broyles is 3-0 with a 1.04 ERA in eight outings – all relief – with 17.1 innings pitched and 28 strikeouts with six walks allowed. Broyles pitched one year at Tech in 2012 and was drafted in 2012 in the 14th round by the Colorado Rockies.
Trey Masek (RHP – Starting Pitcher – Chicago Cubs – Short-Season A – Boise Hawks)
Masek made one relief outings this past week pitching two scoreless innings. He is 1-0 in six outings at the Short-Season A level with a perfect 0.00 ERA in 10 innings of work with nine strikeouts and six walks allowed. He has made multiple-inning appearances during his last four outings while striking out nine batters. 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 three scoreless outings last week and now has made 13 scoreless appearances in 14 professional outings this season. Last week McCrummen earned his first career save pitching a scoreless frame with a strikeout. He is 2-1 with a 1.06 ERA this season in 14 outings with a save and 17 innings pitched with 13 strikeouts and two walks allowed. McCrummen pitched three years at Tech, 2011-2013, and was drafted in 2013 in the 23rd round by the Colorado Rockies.
Reid Redman (RHP – Florida Marlins – Short-Season A – Batavia Muckdogs)
Redman has made the switch from position player to pitcher while joining the Miami Marlins following spring training and is now a reliever in the organization. Redman made one scoreless outing this past week pitching two scoreless innings allowing one hit with one strikeout. Redman is 1-1 this season with a 1.38 ERA in nine appearances with 13 innings pitched, 10 strikeouts and two walks allowed. Redman played two years at Tech, 2011-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 23rd round by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Bo Altobelli (C – Minnesota Twins – Rookie League – Elizabethton Twins)
Altobelli played in two games this past week going a combined 0-for-4 with a walk. This season he is batting .313 (5-for-16) with two runs, a double and two walks in six games. Altobelli played three years at Tech, 2010-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 21st round by the Minnesota Twins.