Doran was named a California League All-Star and was recently promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi
June 28, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas -
The Texas Tech baseball program started the 2012 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 2012 MLB season, Texas Tech athletics communications will provide weekly updates on former Red Raiders competing at the major league and minor league level.
Dallas Braden (LHP - Starting Pitcher - Oakland Athletics)
- Braden, who missed the majority of the 2011 season following shoulder surgery, suffered a setback to his return to pitching for the Athletics with a left shoulder injury at the end of March that has resulted in Braden being placed on the 60-day disabled list. He has not pitched in a game since April 16, 2011. Braden pitched one season for Tech in 2004 and was drafted in 2004 in the 24th round by the Oakland Athletics.
Jeff Karstens (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Pittsburgh Pirates)
- Karstens made three starts to open the season before heading to the DL due to shoulder and hip issues, but made his return to the Pirates Monday where he pitched five innings allowing 11 hits and six earned runs with four strikeouts in the loss. He is 0-2 this season with a 6.35 ERA in four starts with 17.0 innings pitched, 26 hits allowed, nine strikeouts and two walks. 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 is 3-5 this season in 12 games (11 starts) with a 5.70 ERA in 66.1 innings with 41 strikeouts and 17 walks allowed. Tomlin has thrown at least five innings in five of his last seven starts. Tomlin pitched one season at Tech in 2006 and was drafted in 2006 in the 19th round by the Cleveland Indians.
Josh Bard (C - Los Angeles Dodgers - Triple-A - Albuquerque Isotopes)
- Bard is batting .286 in 23 games with four doubles, three home runs and 17 RBI. On Monday, Bard went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. He is batting .324 (11-for-34) during his last 10 games played. He has the longest career in professional baseball among all active Red Raiders with this season marking his 14th season in professional baseball. Bard was a three-time All-America catcher at Texas Tech for three seasons, 1997-1999, and was drafted in 1999 in the third round by the Colorado Rockies.
Colt Hynes (LHP - Relief Pitcher - San Diego Padres - Triple-A - Tucson Padres)
- Hynes is 3-6 with a 6.28 ERA in 19 appearances (11 starts) with 71.2 innings pitched, 46 strikeouts and 17 walks allowed. Seven of Hynes' last nine appearances he has pitched in at least four innings. Hynes pitched two seasons at Tech, 2006-07, and was drafted in 2007 in the 31st round by the San Diego Padres.
Roger Kieschnick (RF - San Francisco Giants - Triple-A - Fresno Grizzlies)
- Kieschnick has been on the disabled list since the end of May after crashing into the outfield wall and suffering a shoulder injury. He started off the season on fire batting .319 (65-for-204) in 51 games with 12 doubles, four triples and 14 home runs with 37 RBI. In fact, during the 10 games before his injury, Kieschnick had four multi-hit games and four home runs, including a 4-for-5 performance with two homers and six RBI on May 23. Kieschnick was a three-year starter for Tech, 2006-08, and was drafted in 2008 in the third round by the San Francisco Giants.
Zach Stewart (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Boston Red Sox - Triple-A - Pawtucket Red Sox)
- Stewart was recently traded to the Boston Red Sox in a trade that sent long-time Red Sox slugger Kevin Youkilis to the White Sox for Stewart and Brent Lillibridge. Stewart pitched in 18 games this season (1 start) for the White Sox with a 1-2 record, 6.00 ERA, 30 innings pitched with 16 strikeouts and four walks. 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 has not made an appearance this season while rehabbing a shoulder injury suffered in spring training. Bettis was named the California League Pitcher of the Year in 2011 while earning California League Mid and Postseason All-Star recognition. MLB.com named Bettis the organization's No. 3 prospect entering the season. Bettis pitched three years at Tech, 2008-10, and was drafted in 2010 in the second round by the Colorado Rockies.
AJ Ramos (RHP - Relief Pitcher - Miami Marlins - Double-A - Jacksonville Suns)
- Ramos was named a Double-A Southern League All-Star after dominating the first-half of the season. He is 3-0 with a 0.72 ERA in 31 appearances with 37.2 innings pitched, six saves, 49 strikeouts and seven walks. Ramos pitched four years at Tech, 2006-09, and was drafted in 2009 in the 21st round by the Florida Marlins.
Bobby Doran (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Houston Astros - Double-A - Corpus Christi Hooks)
- Doran, after being named a California League All-Star in the first half of the season, was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi on June 22. On the season, Doran is 7-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 15 starts with 88.1 innings pitched, 59 strikeouts and 27 walks. Doran pitched one season at Tech in 2010 and was drafted in 2010 in the third round by the Houston Astros.
Zach Fowler (LHP - Baltimore Orioles - Single-A - Delmarva Shorebirds)
- Fowler is 0-1 this season with a 1.96 ERA in 12 appearances and one save in 23 innings pitched with 28 strikeouts and eight walks allowed. Fowler pitched one year at Tech in 2011 and was drafted in 2011 in the 34th round by the Baltimore Orioles.
Jay Johnson (LHP - Philadelphia Phillies - Single-A (Advanced) - Clearwater Threshers)
- Johnson has pitched at three levels of the minor leagues this season while going 0-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 11 appearances with 10.2 innings pitched and 17 strikeouts with just three walks allowed. 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 - Washington Nationals - Single-A (Advanced) - Potomac Nationals)
- Karns is 5-2 this season (Class A and Class A Advanced) with a 2.34 ERA in 15 appearances (9 starts) with 65.1 innings pitched, 91 strikeouts and 33 walks. Karns recently posted a career-high 11 strikeouts in an eight-inning performance allowing just two hits and one run on June 24. Karns pitched two years at Tech, 2008-09, and was drafted in 2009 in the 12th round by the Washington Nationals.
James Leverton (LHP - Relief Pitcher - MIami Marlins - Single-A (Advanced) - Jupiter Hammerheads)
- Leverton is 1-2 this year with a 3.04 ERA in 15 appearances with 23.2 innings pitched with 26 strikeouts and seven walks while pitching in both Class A Advanced and Double-A. Leverton pitched three years at Tech, 2006-08, and was drafted in 2008 in the 8th round by the Chicago Cubs.
Robbie Kilcrease (LHP - Pittsburgh Pirates - Single-A - West Virginia Power)
- Kilcrease is 0-2 with a 3.89 ERA in 24 relief opportunities with three saves and 39.1 innings pitched with 43 strikeouts and 19 walks allowed. Kilcrease pitched three years at Tech, 2008-09, 2011, and signed as a free agent in 2011 with the Pirates.
Jeremy Mayo (C - Washington Nationals - Single-A - Hagerstown Suns)
- Mayo is batting .154 (2-for-13) in four games played this season with two walks and five strikeouts. Mayo played three years at Tech, 2008-2010, and was drafted in 2010 in the 31st round by the Washington Nationals.
Kelby Tomlinson (SS - San Francisco Giants - Single-A - Augusta GreenJackets)
- Tomlinson is batting .231 (57-for-247) in 67 games while being the everyday shortstop and hitting in the two-hole. He has six doubles, one triple and one homer with 22 RBI while ranking seventh in the league with 23 stolen bases. Tomlinson played one year at Tech in 2011 and was drafted in 2011 in the 12th round by the San Francisco Giants.
Duke von Schamann (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Los Angeles Dodgers - Single-A - Great Lakes Loons)
- After making back-to-back scoreless appearances in Short-Season A, von Schamann has been promoted to the Dodgers Class A affiliate, the Great Lakes Loons. He is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three innings allowing one hit with two strikeouts and zero walks allowed. von Schamann pitched two years at Tech, 2011-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 14th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Barrett Barnes (CF - Pittsburgh Pirates - Short-Season-A - State College Spikes)
- Barnes is batting .303 (10-for-33) with four runs and five RBI in nine games this season. His most recent game on Wednesday he went 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI in the first four-hit game by any player on the Spikes this season. Barnes played three years at Tech, 2010-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the supplemental first round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Shane Broyles (RHP - Colorado Rockies - Short-Season-A - Tri-City Dust Devils)
- Broyles has made one scoreless relief appearances pitching three innings while striking out one and allowing three walks. Broyles pitched one year at Tech in 2012 and was drafted in 2012 in the 14th round by the Colorado Rockies.
Jamodrick McGruder (2B/LF - Seattle Mariners - Short-Season-A - Everett AquaSox)
- McGruder is batting .179 (7-for-39) with eight runs, three doubles, six RBI and seven stolen bases in 10 games played. McGruder leads the Northwest League with seven stolen bases. McGruder has three multiple stolen bases games over his last nine games played. McGruder played three years at Tech, 2010-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the ninth round by the Seattle Mariners.
John Neely (RHP - Relief Pitcher - Houston Astros - Short-Season-A - Tri-City ValleyCats)
- Neely is 0-0 with an 8.31 ERA in three appearances with 4.1 innings pitched and four strikeouts and one walk allowed. Neely pitched three years at Tech, 2010-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 30th round by the Houston Astros.
Bo Altobelli (C - Minnesota Twins - Rookie League - Elizabethton Twins)
- Altobelli is batting .091 (1-for-11) with a run, double and RBI in three games played. Altobelli's first professional at-bat was an RBI double. Altobelli played three years at Tech, 2010-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 21st round by the Minnesota Twins.
Daniel Coulombe (LHP - Relief Pitcher - Los Angeles Dodgers - Rookie League - Ogden Raptors)
- Coulombe is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA in three relief outings with six innings pitched and eight strikeouts with one walk allowed. His most recent outing came on Wednesday allowing just one run on one hit in three innings with five strikeouts. Coulombe pitched two years at Tech, 2011-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 25th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Reid Redman (2B - Tampa Bay Rays - Rookie League - Princeton Rays)
- Redman is batting .313 (10-for-32) with seven runs, three doubles, one triple, one home run and has four RBI in eight games played. He is eighth in the Appalachian League in doubles, ninth in total bases, 10th in base hits and 10th in runs scored. Redman played two years at Tech, 2011-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 23rd round by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Rusty Shellhorn (LHP - Relief Pitcher - Seattle Mariners - Rookie League - Arizona League Mariners)
- Shellhorn made his professional debut on Sunday pitching three innings and striking out five batters without allowing a walk. He is 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three innings pitched. Shellhorn pitched one year at Tech in 2012 and was drafted in the 31st round by the Seattle Mariners.