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Kelby Tomlinson Drafted in 12th Round by San Francisco Giants

Tomlinson led Texas Tech with 67 base hits and 43 RBI this season

June 7, 2011


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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech junior shortstop Kelby Tomlinson (Elgin, Okla.) was drafted in the 12th round (387th overall) of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.

The Red Raiders have now had at least one player drafted in 24 consecutive drafts dating back to 1988. Tech is one of three Big 12 programs to have at least one player drafted in the top 14 rounds every year since the conference was formed and began play in 1997.

Tomlinson is the highest drafted Red Raider shortstop since 2005 (Cameron Blair - 6th round - Pittsburgh Pirates). He was the 13th overall pick for the Giants in this year's draft and marked its third middle infielder taken (all shortstops).

Tomlinson, a transfer from Seward County CC, was an All-Big 12 second team pick in 2011 and was one of 25 shortstops in the country named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List (nation's top shortstop).

In his first season at Tech, Tomlinson led the team in at-bats (218), hits (67), RBI (43) and two-out RBI (18) while batting .307 (67-for-218) with 42 runs, seven doubles, two triples, one home run, 39 walks and was 21-of-29 in stolen bases.

Tomlinson became one of the top fielding shortstops in the country while ending the season with 24 consecutive games without committing an error. It marked the longest errorless streak by a Tech middle infielder/third baseman in over 10 years. In fact, Tomlinson made just one error in his last 33 games of the season. He tallied only two errors in 27 Big 12 Conference games (.985 fielding percentage).

His 212 assists are the most by a Red Raider since 2001 and rank fourth in Texas Tech single-season history. Tomlinson's .538 batting average with the bases loaded was the best by a Red Raider since 2004 (Cameron Blair - .571).

- Tomlinson is Texas Tech's 119th all-time draft pick/free agent selection in program history.
- Tech now has 28 draft picks between the 11th-20th round all-time.
- Tomlinson is the 12th highest drafted Red Raider since 2004.
- Tomlinson is the 33rd Texas Tech infielder to be drafted/signed free agent with an MLB organization.
- Red Raiders have had at least one draft pick in 24 consecutive MLB Drafts (1988-2011).
- Texas Tech has had at least one draft pick in the top 26 rounds in 21 consecutive years (1991-2011).
- Red Raiders join Oklahoma State and Texas A&M as the only Big 12 programs to have at least one draft pick in the top 14 rounds of the draft every year since the conference formed and began play in 1997.
- Head coach Dan Spencer has now coached 15 players at Texas Tech who have been drafted.
- While at Tech, Spencer has coached seven draft picks that have been drafted in the top-15 rounds.
- The San Francisco Giants have now drafted or signed five Red Raiders, including outfielder Roger Kieschnick in the third round during the 2008 draft.



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