Shellhorn's selection wraps up a record-breaking draft for the Texas Tech baseball program
June 6, 2012
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LUBBOCK, Texas -
The 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft ended with Texas Tech setting a new school record with nine draft selections.
The final Red Raider selected was redshirt-junior left-handed pitcher Rusty Shellhorn (Spokane, Wash.) who was drafted in the 31st round (941 overall) by the Seattle Mariners.
In fact, the nine Texas Tech MLB Draft picks matched the fifth most selections in Big 12 Conference history.
Shellhorn made his career debut for the Red Raiders this season after transferring from Washington State following the 2010 season. Shellhorn pitched in numerous roles during the 2012 season while making nine starts with 15 appearances.
Shellhorn went 5-3 on the season - ranking second on the team in wins - with a 4.98 ERA and combined on two shutouts. He tallied 56 innings while giving up 57 base hits and striking out 49 batters and allowing just 15 walks.
He began the season in the Red Raiders starting rotation making four consecutive starts during the first month of the season while then making six relief outings before finishing the season with five straight starts from the middle of April until the end of the season.
He pitched a season-high seven innings on two occasions, both starts resulting in wins against Tennessee Tech in his career debut and also with a dominating performance against Missouri to help clinch the series win over the eventual Big 12 tournament champions.
Shellhorn earned academic honor roll status during all four of his semesters at Texas Tech while posting a perfect 4.0 grade point average during his first three semesters.
TEXAS TECH MLB DRAFT PICKS:
Supp. 1st Round - CF Barrett Barnes (Pittsburgh Pirates - No. 45 Overall)
9th Round - 2B Jamodrick McGruder (Seattle Mariners - No. 281 Overall)
14th Round - RHP Shane Broyles (Colorado Rockies - No. 438 Overall)
15th Round - RHP Duke von Schamann (Los Angeles Dodgers - No. 476 Overall)
21st Round - C Bo Altobelli (Minnesota Twins - No. 640 Overall)
23rd Round - 2B Reid Redman (Tampa Bay Rays - No. 722 Overall)
25th Round - LHP Daniel Coulombe (Los Angeles Dodgers - No. 776 Overall)
30th Round - RHP John Neely (Houston Astros - No. 909 Overall)
31st Round - LHP Rusty Shellhorn (Seattle Mariners - No. 941 Overall)
TEXAS TECH SIGNEES MLB DRAFT PICKS:
12th Round - LHP Dalton Friend (Pittsburgh Pirates - No. 367 Overall)
17th Round - C Charles Moorman (Texas Rangers - No. 546 Overall)
20th Round - LHP Logan Ehlers (Detroit Tigers - No. 634 Overall)
37th Round - RHP Matthew Withrow (Texas Rangers - No. 1,146 Overall)
TEXAS TECH MLB DRAFT NOTES:
- Texas Tech set a new school record with nine MLB Draft picks.
- Texas Tech led the Big 12 Conference with nine MLB Draft picks.
- Shellhorn is Texas Tech's 132nd all-time MLB Draft pick/free agent selection in program history.
- Shellhorn is the 57th Texas Tech pitcher to be drafted/sign free agent with an MLB organization.
- Shellhorn is the 17th Texas Tech left-handed pitcher to be drafted/sign free agent with an MLB organization.
- Shellhorn is the seventh player in Texas Tech history to be drafted by the Seattle Mariners and the second this year following junior second baseman Jamodrick McGruder who went to Seattle in the ninth round.
- Shellhorn was the 15th pitcher selected in the MLB Draft by the Mariners this year.
- Shellhorn was the sixth left-handed pitcher selected in the MLB Draft by the Mariners this year.
- Shellhorn becomes the 28th MLB Draft pick under Dan Spencer at Texas Tech.
- Marks the 21st top-31 round MLB Draft pick under Spencer at Texas Tech.
- Marks the 17th pitcher selected in the MLB Draft under Spencer at Texas Tech.
- Marks the sixth left-handed pitcher selected in the MLB Draft under Spencer at Texas Tech.