Doran makes his first career start in Triple-A tonight for Oklahoma City
June 25, 2013
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 is in his first full season as a big leaguer this year after making his debut in September of 2012. He is one of the Marlins top relievers with a 1-2 record, 4.50 ERA in 30 appearances with 38.0 innings pitched, 33 strikeouts and 18 walks allowed. Three of his last five outings have been scoreless and hasn't allowed a run since June 15. Ramos pitched four years at Tech, 2006-09, and was drafted in 2009 in the 21st round by the Florida Marlins.
Jeff Karstens (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Pittsburgh Pirates)
Karstens underwent right shoulder rotator cuff and labrum surgery earlier 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.
Colt Hynes (LHP - Relief Pitcher - San Diego Padres - Triple-A - Tucson Padres)
With stops in both Double-A and Triple-A this season, Hynes is 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA in 33 appearances with three saves, 37.2 innings pitched and has 47 strikeouts and just two walks allowed. He has five scoreless outings over his last six appearances with at least one strikeout in all of his last 10 outings over the last month. Hynes pitched two seasons at Tech, 2006-07, and was drafted in 2007 in the 31st round by the San Diego Padres.
Roger Kieschnick (OF -San Francisco Giants - Triple-A - Fresno Grizzlies)
Kieschnick is on the verge of his third straight all-star appearance while batting .270 (76-for-281) with 17 doubles, nine triples, 11 home runs and 48 RBI this season in Triple-A for Fresno. The left-handed bating Kieschnick has 10 of his 11 home runs against right-handed pitching. He had an impressive May batting .326 during the month with 13 extra-base hits and 16 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.
James Leverton (LHP -Relief Pitcher - Miami Marlins - Triple-A - New Orleans Zephyrs)
Since receiving a promotion to Triple-A, Leverton has been impressive in 12 appearances with a 2.70 ERA and 2-1 record with 24 strikeouts and just eight walks in 20.0 innings of work. Five of his last six outings have been scoreless and he has allowed just two hits over his last six appearances. Leverton pitched three years at Tech, 2006-08, and was drafted in 2008 in the 8th round by the Chicago Cubs.
Zach Stewart (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Chicago White Sox - Triple-A - Charlotte Knights)
Stewart is 4-9 this season in Triple-A with a 5.08 ERA in 15 starts with 90.1 innings, 63 strikeouts and 17 walks allowed. He is 1-3 in June during four starts with 24.2 innings pitched and 18 strikeouts with four walks. His next start is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26 on the road at Louisville for a 10:45 a.m. CT first pitch. 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, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury, didn't skip a beat to start the 2013 season with a 2-2 record, 4.00 ERA in seven starts with 37 strikeouts and just five walks in 36.0 innings. In May Bettis went on the disabled list with a strained oblique and hasn't seen action since a May 11 start (5.0 IP, 4 SO, 0 BB) in a no decision. Bettis was a mid-season and post-season all-star in 2011 in the California League and was named the California League Pitcher of the Year. 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 will make his first career Triple-A start this evening in game two of the Oklahoma City RedHawks doubleheader with Omaha in OKC. Doran is 6-1 with a 3.42 ERA in both a starting and relieving role this year in Double-A for Corpus Christi. He is the only Double-A pitcher this season with six or more wins and also multiple saves. During his last 15 innings in relief Doran has a 0.60 ERA with seven strikeouts and just one walk. Doran pitched one season at Tech in 2010 and was drafted in 2010 in the third round by the Houston Astros.
Jay Johnson (LHP - Relief Pitcher - Philadelphia Phillies - Double-A - Reading Fightin Phils)
Johnson has a 1.00 ERA over his last 10 outings with 9.0 innings pitched and 11 strikeouts. He has nine straight scoreless outings and is 0-2 with a 2.73 ERA in 28 appearances this season with 37 strikeouts in 29.2 innings of work. Johnson pitched one year at Tech in 2010 and was drafted in 2010 in the 26th round by the Toronto Blue Jays.
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 is 4-3 this season in the minor leagues with a 4.41 ERA in 10 starts with one complete game, 49.0 innings pitched and 60 strikeouts with 20 walks allowed. His next start is scheduled for tonight at home against Akron at 6 p.m. CT. In three big-league starts, 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 where he is currently 0-0 with a 2.81 ERA in three starts with 16.0 innings pitched and 17 strikeouts with five walks allowed. He has 14 career minor league wins in just 27 career starts as a pro. His next start is scheduled for Thursday, June 27 at home against Montgomery. von Schamann pitched two years at Tech, 2011-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 14th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Daniel Coulombe (LHP - Relief Pitcher - Los Angeles Dodgers - Class A Advanced - Rancho Cucamonga Quakes)
Coulombe owns a 0.90 ERA over his last 10 outings and hasn't allowed a run in his last five outings. Coulombe is 0-2 on the season with a 5.40 ERA in 30 appearances with 33.1 innings pitched and 35 strikeouts with 28 walks while opponents are batting .234 against him this season. 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 is 2-3 with a 2.41 ERA in 20 outings this season - all in relief - with two saves, 41.0 innings pitched with 32 strikeouts and 12 walks allowed. Fowler has posted a 1.98 ERA against left-handed batter this season in 13.2 innings. 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 is among team leaders with a 1.51 ERA with a 3-1 record in 23 appearances and four saves on the season. He has recorded 35.2 innings pitched with 25 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .177 batting average. Seven of his last eight appearances have been scoreless. Kilcrease pitched three years at Tech, 2008-09, 2011, and signed as a free agent in 2011 with the Pirates.
Kelby Tomlinson (SS -San Francisco Giants - Class A Advanced - San Jose Giants)
Tomlinson started the season batting .328 in 14 games before an injury sidelined him for the better part of a month. Tomlinson is back in Rookie League getting some action in before rejoining the San Jose club in Class-A Advanced. Overall on the season, Tomlinson is batting .315 (23-for-73) with 10 runs, three doubles, six RBI and six walks with three stolen bases in 18 games. Tomlinson played one year at Tech in 2011 and was drafted in 2011 in the 12th round by the San Francisco Giants.
Barrett Barnes (OF -Pittsburgh Pirates - Single-A - West Virginia Power)
Barnes was named the South Atlantic League Player of the Week on June 24 following a week where he batted .350 (7-for-20) with three doubles, two homers and nine RBI in four games. He returned from the disabled list following a hamstring injury and is now batting .258 (25-for-97) with 17 runs, four doubles, two home runs, 15 RBI and eight stolen bases on the season. Barnes played three years at Tech, 2010-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the first round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Shane Broyles (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Colorado Rockies - Single-A - Asheville Tourists)
Broyles is 1-9 this season with a 6.92 ERA in 14 starts with Class A Asheville. He has thrown 65.0 innings with 49 strikeouts and 28 walks allowed while opponents are batting .319 against him this season. Broyles pitched one year at Tech in 2012 and was drafted in 2012 in the 14th round by the Colorado Rockies.
John Neely (RHP - Relief Pitcher - Houston Astros - Single-A - Quad Cities River Bandits)
Neely is tied for third in the Midwest League with 12 saves while going 1-4 with a 3.38 ERA in 25 outings - all relief - with 29.1 innings, 20 strikeouts and 20 walks allowed. Neely has recorded five saves during his last eight outings. Neely pitched three years at Tech, 2010-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 30th round by the Houston Astros.
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.
Jerad McCrummen (RHP - Relief Pitcher - Colorado Rockies - Short-Season A - Tri-City Dust Devils)
McCrummen has back-to-back scoreless relief outings to start his pro career with 0.1 innings in his pro debut at Eugene on June 22 and with 1.1 scoreless innings also at Eugene on June 24 while posting a strikeout. McCrummen pitched three years at Tech, 2011-2013, and was drafted in 2013 in the 23rd round by the Colorado Rockies.
Jamodrick McGruder (2B/LF - Seattle Mariners - Short-Season A - Everett AquaSox)
McGruder is batting .308 (8-for-26) with four runs, a double, triple and four RBI with four stolen bases in 10 game this season. He went 2-for-4 yesterday with an RBI and had two stolen bases the previous game while going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks. McGruder played three years at Tech, 2010-2012, and was drafted in 2012 in the ninth round by the Seattle Mariners.
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 Marlins organization. Redman has made two appearances with a 4.91 ERA with 3.2 innings pitched with three strikeouts and a walk 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 has started the 2013 season with Rookie League Elizabethton with back-to-back multi-hit games going 2-for-3 in the season opener with a double off the top of the center field wall and then going 2-for-4 last night with a walk. He is batting .571 (4-for-7) with a double and a walk. Altobelli played three years at Tech, 2010-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 21st round by the Minnesota Twins.
Trey Masek (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Chicago Cubs - Rookie League - Arizona Cubs)
Masek signed his contract with the Cubs on June 18 and is currently in Arizona preparing for his first professional start, which is expected to be this week for the Rookie League Arizona Cubs. Masek is likely to join the Cubs' Short-Season A affiliate, Boise. Masek pitched three years at Tech, 2011-13, and was drafted in 2013 in the fifth round by the Chicago Cubs.
Andre Wheeler (LHP - Relief Pitcher - Chicago White Sox - Rookie League - Bristol
Wheeler made his pro debut with the Bristol White Sox on June 22 with a scoreless inning pitched in relief with a strikeout and a walk. Wheeler pitched three years at Tech, 2011-13, and was drafted in 2013 in the 15th round by the Chicago White Sox.