Barnes enters the week with a 12-game hit streak in Single-A West Virginia
July 1, 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. Ramos made a pair of scoreless relief outings last week with a combined three innings pitched and four strikeouts without allowing a walk. He is 2-2 this season with a 4.17 ERA in 32 outings with 41.0 innings pitched, 37 strikeouts and 18 walks allowed. 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 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 1.54 ERA in 36 appearances with four saves, 41.0 innings pitched, 53 strikeouts and has allowed just two walks. He made four outings last week issuing just one run while earning one save with seven strikeouts. Hynes had 17 strikeouts in 11 outings during the month of June. 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 .262 (78-for-298) with 40 runs, 17 doubles, nine triples, 11 home runs and 49 RBI in 78 games played. He has three multi-hit games over his last 10 games. 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 13 appearances and a 2-1 record with a 2.74 ERA in 23.0 innings with 27 strikeouts and eight walks allowed. He made one outing in relief last week pitching three innings with three strikeouts while picking up the save. 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 5.44 ERA in 16 starts with 94.1 innings, 70 strikeouts and 19 walks allowed. He struck out seven during a four-inning start last week at Louisville while allowing six runs on nine hits with two walks. He has struck out 15 batters of his last two starts. His next start is scheduled for tonight at home for a 6:15 p.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 made his first career Triple-A start last week going 4.2 innings allowing three runs and six hits while exiting the game with his team in the lead against Omaha. He is back in Double-A with the Hooks and is scheduled to start tonight at home against Tulsa with a 6:05 p.m. CT first pitch. This season Doran is 6-1 with a 3.57 ERA in 20 outings with 10 starts, two saves and 75.2 innings pitched with 61 strikeouts and 19 walks. 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 finished June with a 0.96 ERA in 11 outings with 13 strikeouts. This season he is 0-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 30 outings with three saves, 31.0 innings pitched with 39 strikeouts and 23 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 - 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. 5-3 with a 4.02 ERA in 11 Double-A starts this year with one complete game, 56.0 innings, 67 strikeouts and 22 walks allowed. His next start is scheduled for tonight on the road at Erie for a 6:05 p.m. CT first pitch. Last week Karns won his only start going seven innings with seven strikeouts allowing just one run on five hits. 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. Last week von Schamann recorded his first career Double-A victory going five innings with five strikeouts allowing three runs. He is 9-2 this year with a 4.11 ERA in 15 starts with 85.1 innings, 72 strikeouts and 23 walks allowed. He has 15 career minor league wins in just 28 career starts as a pro. His next start is scheduled for Tuesday, July 2 on the road at Huntsville with a 6:43 p.m. CT first pitch. 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 made three appearances last week where he struck out two in 4.1 innings of work. He is 0-2 with a 5.55 ERA in 32 outings with 35.2 innings pitched, 37 strikeouts and has allowed 33 walks while opponents have batted .227. Seven of his last 10 outings have been scoreless. 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 picked up his third win of the season last week and is now 3-3 with a 2.22 ERA in 22 outings with two saves and 44.2 innings pitched with 34 strikeouts and 15 walks allowed. Fowler has been especially efficient pitching at home where he owns a 1.37 ERA in 13 outings with 21 strikeouts in 26.1 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 went 3-1 with a 0.87 ERA in the month of June and posted five scoreless innings pitched in two outings last week. He is 4-1 with a 1.40 ERA in 24 outings this season with four saves, 38.2 innings and 26 strikeouts. He has four straight scoreless outings dating back to June 18. 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. Tomlinson is batting .286 (8-for-28) in Rookie League with a double, triple and home run with two RBI. Tomlinson is batting .556 (10-for-10) against left-handed pitching this season. 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 currently has a 12-game hit streak and has multiple hits in four of his last 10 games played. Barnes had seven RBI last week and finished the month of June with three home runs and 15 RBI. 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 6.94 ERA in 15 starts with 70.0 innings pitched with 53 strikeouts and 30 walks allowed. Last week he made two starts going 0-1 with six innings pitched and five strikeouts combined in the two efforts. 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 made just one outing last week pitching one inning allowing a run on three hits with a strikeout. He is 1-4 this season with a 3.56 ERA in 26 outings with 12 saves and 30.1 innings pitched with 21 strikeouts and 19 walks. He ranks tied for third in the Midwest League with 12 saves. 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.
Trey Masek (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Chicago Cubs - Short-Season A - Boise Hawks)
Masek made his professional debut in relief on June 29 pitching a scoreless inning allowing just one hit during the Hawks' 8-6 win. Masek signed his pro contract with the Cubs on June 18. Masek pitched three years at Tech, 2011-13, and was drafted in 2013 in the fifth round by the Chicago Cubs.
Jerad McCrummen (RHP - Relief Pitcher - Colorado Rockies - Short-Season A - Tri-City Dust Devils)
McCrummen has made four consecutive scoreless appearances to begin his pro career with a total of 5.2 innings of work with two strikeouts. Last week McCrummen also recorded his first professional win while pitching 1.1 scoreless frames at Eugene out of the bullpen. 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 fourth in the Northwest League with five stolen bases and ranks second in the league with a pair of triples while batting .282 (11-for-39) with nine runs and five RBI with 12 walks (second in the league). 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 with a walk. Altobelli then suffered an injury (strained oblique) on June 27 and left the game after only two at-bats which has kept him sidelined while being placed on the seven-day disabled list. He is batting .444 (4-for-9) 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.
Andre Wheeler (LHP - Relief Pitcher - Chicago White Sox - Rookie League - Bristol White Sox)
Wheeler made his second professional appearance last week pitching 1.1 innings with a strikeout while allowing a run on two hits. Wheeler is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two outings with 2.1 innings and two strikeouts with two walks - all coming in relief. Wheeler pitched three years at Tech, 2011-13, and was drafted in 2013 in the 15th round by the Chicago White Sox.