Karns has struck out at least 10 batters in three straight starts
July 2, 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 picked up his first win of the season on Saturday at St. Louis pitching seven innings with seven strikeouts allowing just two earned runs and four hits with just two walks allowed. He is 1-2 this season with a 5.25 ERA in five starts pitching in 24 innings with 16 strikeouts and four walks allowed. . 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 picked up a win on the final day of June pitching six innings with four strikeouts on the road at Baltimore to earn his fourth win of the season. He is 4-5 with a 5.85 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts) with 72.1 innings pitched, 45 strikeouts and 20 walks allowed. 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 .284 in 25 games with four doubles, three home runs and 17 RBI. Bard has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games played while notching a pair of hits with a home run and two RBI last Monday. 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 3-7 with a 7.02 ERA in 20 appearances (12 starts) with 75.2 innings pitched, 48 strikeouts and 17 walks allowed. 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 won his first game as a member of the Red Sox organization pitching 5.2 innings with four strikeouts and didn't allow a walk while allowing just one run last Wednesday. Stewart was 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. Doran has won both of his Double-A starts this season, his most recent coming on June 30 in a six-inning performance with four strikeouts against Northwest Arkansas. In both Class-A Advanced and Double-A, Doran is 8-4 with a 4.01 ERA in 16 starts this season with 94.1 innings pitched, 63 strikeouts and 27 walks allowed. Doran pitched one season at Tech in 2010 and was drafted in 2010 in the third round by the Houston Astros.
James Leverton (LHP - Relief Pitcher - MIami Marlins - Double-A - Jacksonville Suns)
- Leverton is 1-2 with a 3.58 ERA in 16 appearances (1 start) in both Class-A Advanced and Double-A this year. He has 32 strikeouts and nine walks allowed. Leverton pitched three years at Tech, 2006-08, and was drafted in 2008 in the 8th round by the Chicago Cubs.
Zach Fowler (LHP - Baltimore Orioles - Single-A - Delmarva Shorebirds)
- Fowler has been nearly unhittable over his last 10 outings - while he has pitched at least three innings in his last four appearances. Fowler hasn't allowed an earned run in 22 consecutive innings pitched while striking out 26 and allowing just seven walks and 13 hits over that time frame (May 2-June 28). Fowler went the entire months of May and June without allowing an earned run. He is 0-1 this season with a 1.73 ERA in 26 innings pitched (13 APP) with 29 strikeouts and nine 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 1.46 ERA in 12 appearances with 12.1 innings pitched and 17 strikeouts with just three walks allowed. Johnson hasn't allowed an earned run since April 5 and has gone six straight outings without allowing an earned run. 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 6-2 this season (Class A and Class A Advanced) with a 2.24 ERA in 16 appearances (10 starts) with 72.1 innings pitched, 102 strikeouts and 34 walks. Karns has won three straight starts while having thrown at least 6.2 innings in each start with at least 10 strikeouts in each performance. In fact, during his last three starts, Karns has allowed just two earned runs in 21.2 innings pitched. Karns pitched two years at Tech, 2008-09, and was drafted in 2009 in the 12th round by the Washington Nationals.
Robbie Kilcrease (LHP - Pittsburgh Pirates - Single-A - West Virginia Power)
- Kilcrease is 0-2 with a 3.89 ERA in 25 relief opportunities this year. He has three saves with 41.2 innings pitched with 33 hits allowed and 44 strikeouts while allowing 19 walks. 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 .294 (5-for-17) this year in both Single-A and Double-A with two doubles and three walks. 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 .234 (61-for-261) with 31 runs, six doubles, one triple, one home run and 23 RBI while collecting 24-of-30 stolen bases. He currently ranks eighth in the South Atlantic League with 24 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)
- von Schamann made his Single-A debut with a start on June 29 where he pitched four shutout-innings with one strikeout and two hits allowed. Including two appearances in Rookie League, von Schamann hasn't allowed a walk this year in seven innings pitched. 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 .234 (11-for-47) with four runs and five RBI with 5-of-6 stolen bases. Barnes had his top performance as a pro last week going 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI on June 27. 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 two appearances this year while pitching seven innings and allowing just one earned run (1.29 ERA) with a 0-0 record with two strikeouts. 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 .204 (11-for-54) with four doubles, six RBI, 10 walks and 7-of-8 stolen bases. McGruder has back-to-back multi-hit games while going 2-for-4 on Saturday and 2-for-6 on Sunday. He currently leads the Northwest League in stolen bases. 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 a 6.35 ERA in four appearances out of the bullpen this season with 5.2 innings pitched and six 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 .067 (1-for-15) with one run and one RBI in four games played this year. 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 .302 (13-for-43) with 11 runs, four doubles, one triple, one home run and six RBI with 2-of-3 stolen bases. He is among the league's top 10 in several offensive statistical categories. Hitting primarily third in the lineup and starting at second base, Redman currently has a seven-game hitting streak dating back to June 24. 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 first professional start on Friday with an impressive outing striking out eight in just four innings while allowing just one hit in the shutout performance while not allowing a walk. Shellhorn is 0-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two appearances with seven innings pitched, four hits allowed, one earned run allowed with 13 strikeouts and no walks allowed. Despite having thrown only seven innings, Shellhorn is fifth in the Arizona League with 13 strikeouts. Shellhorn pitched one year at Tech in 2012 and was drafted in the 31st round by the Seattle Mariners.