Rotating image
Texas Tech MLB Draft Central
 

 <A HREF=
Several 2011 Red Raiders are expected to be drafted during the MLB First-Year Players Draft (June 6-8)

June 2, 2011

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Texas Tech MLB Draft Notes Get Acrobat Reader

TEXAS TECH MLB DRAFT CENTRAL

2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft
June 6-8, 2011

MLB.com

Monday, June 6 - 6 p.m. CT
- Round 1
Secaucus, N.J.

Tuesday, June 7 - 11 a.m. CT
- Rounds 2-30

Wednesday, June 8 - 11 a.m. CT
- Rounds 31-50

TEXAS TECH HAS PRODUCED 114 MLB DRAFT/FREE AGENT SELECTIONS
The Texas Tech baseball program began in 1926 and played baseball until 1929 before starting back up in 1954 where it has since played baseball in 58 consecutive seasons. Since 1962, there have been 114 Major League Baseball Draft or free agent selections. There have been 101 draft picks and 13 free agent selections. There have been 36 draft picks over the last seven seasons, an average of at least five players drafted per season.

BREAKDOWN OF RED RAIDER DRAFT PICKS
Texas Tech has had 101 draft picks since 1969. Overall, there has been at least one Red Raider drafted in 33 MLB Drafts, with 22 drafts containing at least two Texas Tech players. The 2010 MLB Draft saw five Red Raiders taken which matches the programs most since having seven draft picks in 2006. Five times in the last seven years there have been at least five Texas Tech players drafted.

Draft Rounds: Players Selected
1st-10th Round: 30
11th-20th Round: 27
21st-30th: 28
31st-40th: 10
41st-50th: 6

CONSISTENCY IN THE DRAFT
There has been at least one Tech player drafted/signed free agent contract in 23 consecutive drafts (1988-2010) and in 28 of the last 29 drafts dating back to 1982. The only draft during the past 29 years where a Tech player was not selected/signed free agent was in 1987. In fact, during the past 23 years there have been multiple Red Raiders drafted/signed free agent deals.

TEXAS TECH HEAD COACH Dan Spencer - MENTORED 58 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DRAFT PICKS SINCE 1997
Dan Spencer has had numerous success stories in his college baseball coaching career. Among them is coaching 58 players in his time at Oregon State (1997-2007) and Texas Tech (2008-Present) that have been selected in the MLB Draft. He coached 45 players at Oregon State and entering this year had coached 13 players at Texas Tech that have been drafted. Overall Spencer has coached three first-round picks, 14 players who have gone in the top five rounds and 26 players who have been drafted in the top 10 rounds. In only three years at Tech, Spencer has worked with nine Tech pitchers that have been drafted - including four top-10 round selections. In his career, Spencer has coached seven players (all at Oregon State) that have since made their MLB debuts.

TECH IN ELITE COMPANY AMONG BIG 12 PROGRAMS
Since the first Big 12 baseball season in 1997, Texas Tech is one of only three programs in the conference to have at least one player drafted in the top 14 rounds of the draft every season. The Red Raiders join Oklahoma State and Texas A&M as the only programs that have had a top-14 round pick every year since 1997.

HIGHEST DRAFTED RED RAIDER - DONALD HARRIS (1ST ROUND, 5TH OVERALL - 1989)
Former Red Raider and Texas Rangers outfielder Donald Harris is the highest drafted Texas Tech player as Harris was selected fifth overall in the 1989 MLB Draft by Texas. Harris is the only first-rounder in Texas Tech history while 18 Red Raiders have gone in the top five rounds. Seven Tech players have been selected in the top 100 overall picks, including 2010 second-round draft pick Chad Bettis (Colorado Rockies - 2nd round, No. 76 overall).

Texas Tech Top 100 Overall Selections
1989 - Donald Harris, OF (Texas Rangers, 1st Round - No. 5 overall)
1996 - Matt Miller, LHP (Detroit Tigers, 2nd Round - No. 41 overall)
1994 - Ryan Nye, RHP (Philadelphia Phillies, 2nd Round - No. 57 overall)
2010 - Chad Bettis, RHP (Colorado Rockies, 2nd Round - No. 76 overall)
2008 - Roger Kieschnick, OF (San Francisco Giants, 3rd Round - No. 82 overall)
2008 - Zach Stewart, RHP (Cincinnati Reds, 3rd Round - No. 84 overall)
1999 - Josh Bard, C (Colorado Rockies, 3rd Round - No. 100 overall)

RED RAIDERS DRAFTED/SIGNED BY 28 MLB ORGANIZATIONS
In the history of Texas Tech baseball, there has been at least one Red Raider drafted or signed by 28 of 30 Major League Baseball organizations. Only the Minnesota Twins and the newly-founded Arizona Diamondbacks (1998) have not selected or signed a Texas Tech player. Overall, 59 players have gone to National League teams with 55 players drafted/signed by American League clubs. The National League Central (27) is the division that has drafted/signed the most Red Raiders while the hometown Texas Rangers (8) and Kansas City Royals (8) are the organization that have taken the most Tech players. Although neither organization has drafted a Red Raider since 2007 (SS Kyle Martin, 29th round - Kansas City) and the Rangers have drafted only one Tech player (OF Michael Mask, 32nd round - 2004) during the last 18 years. The Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros and San Diego Padres have all drafted/signed seven Texas Tech players. The only organization that has drafted a Tech player that doesn't currently exists is the Houston Colt .45's, as they signed the first-ever Red Raider when Chuck Harrison signed with the soon-to-be Houston Astros in 1962. The Colt .45's were established in 1962 and then became the Astros three years later.

MLB Organizations Drafting Red Raiders
Kansas City - 8
Texas - 8
Cincinnati - 7
Houston - 7
San Diego - 7
Cleveland - 6
Chicago White Sox - 5
Colorado - 5
Philadelphia - 5
Chicago Cubs - 4
Detroit - 4
New York Mets - 4
Oakland - 4
San Francisco - 4
Seattle - 4
Tampa Bay - 4
Atlanta - 3
Milwaukee - 3
New York Yankees - 3
Pittsburgh - 3
St. Louis - 3
Toronto - 3
Baltimore - 2
Boston - 2
Los Angeles Angels - 2
Washington - 2
Florida - 1
Los Angeles Dodgers - 1

TEXAS TECH PLAYERS DRAFTED/SIGNED BY POSITION
A total of 42 percent of the Red Raiders drafted have been pitchers with 34 right-handed pitchers drafted/signed and 13 left-handers going to an MLB organization. Tech has seen 13 of its catchers drafted/signed while 32 infielders and 22 outfielders have also been taken in the draft. Dating back to the first three players taken in the 2006 draft, 14 of Tech's last 21 draft picks have been pitchers (5 LHP).

Red Raiders Drafted/Signed by Position
Pitchers - 47
RHP - 34
LHP - 13
Catchers - 13
Infielders - 32
Outfielders - 22

MOST TEXAS TECH PLAYERS DRAFTED/SIGNED
- 9 - 1998
- 8 - 1996
- 7 - 2006, 2004, 1995
- 6 - 1999, 1994
- 5 - 2010, 2008, 2007
- 4 - 2005, 1993, 1989
- 3 - 2009, 2001, 2000, 1997
- 2 - 2003, 2002, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1988
- 1 - 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1980, 1979, 1977, 1973, 1972, 1971, 1969, 1962

TOP DRAFTED RED RAIDER BY POSITION
- Pitcher - Matt Miller (1996, 2nd Round, No. 41 overall - Detroit Tigers)
- RHP - Ryan Nye (1994, 2nd Round, No. 57 overall - Philadelphia Phillies)
- LHP - Matt Miller (1996, 2nd Round, No. 41 overall - Detroit Tigers)
- C - Josh Bard (1999, 3rd Round, No. 100 overall - Colorado Rockies)
- INF - Christian Colonel (2003, 5th Round, No. 137 overall - Colorado Rockies)
- OF - Donald Harris (1989, 1st Round, No. 5 overall - Texas Rangers)

CONSECUTIVE YEARS WITH A DRAFT PICK IN THE TOP 26 ROUNDS
- 20 - 1991-2010 (26 top-10 round picks during this time frame).

CONSECUTIVE YEARS WITH A DRAFT PICK/FREE AGENT SIGNING
- 23 - 1988-2007 (all 23 years with at least two draft picks or free agent selections).

TEXAS TECH WITH 21 FORMER PLAYERS IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Texas Tech has 21 former players that have made their Major League debuts, starting with first baseman Chuck Harrison in 1965 with the Houston Astros to right-handed pitcher Josh Tomlin who made his big league debut with the Cleveland Indians on July 27, 2010. Fourteen of Tech's big leaguers have made their debuts since 2000, including four Red Raiders who played for Tech during the past decade (Jeff Karstens - 2003, Dallas Braden - 2004, Dustin Richardson - 2006, Josh Tomlin - 2006).

Dallas Braden THROWS 19TH PERFECT GAME IN MLB HISTORY IN 2010
Perhaps Texas Tech's most well-known baseball alum, Dallas Braden, tossed the 19th perfect game in Major League Baseball history on May 9, 2010, against the Tampa Bay Rays. It marked only the eighth perfect game all-time thrown by a pitcher who played collegiate baseball and he became the first-ever Big 12 pitcher to enter the MLB record books with a perfect game.

Collegiate Pitchers Tossing a Perfect Game in Major League Baseball History
1908 - Addie Joss (Wisconsin)
1922 - Charlie Robertson (Austin College)
1964 - Jim Bunning (Xavier)
1965 - Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati)
1988 - Tom Browning (Tennessee Wesleyan College)
2004 - Randy Johnson (Southern California)
2009 - Mark Buehrle (Jefferson College)
2010 - Dallas Braden (Texas Tech)

 

 

Official Gear of the
Texas Tech Red Raiders