Kieschnick is batting .268 with 18 doubles, nine triples, 11 home runs and 50 RBI
July 8, 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 has seven consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run and made three straight scoreless outings last week. Ramos picked up the win last week during the Marlins' 4-3 victory at Atlanta pitching two scoreless frames with four strikeouts. Ramos struck out five last week in 3.1 scoreless innings of work. He is 3-3 this season with a 3.86 ERA with five holds in 35 (all relief) outings. He has thrown 44.1 innings with 42 strikeouts and 20 walks. Ramos is in his first full season as a big leaguer this year after making his debut in September of 2012. 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 1.65 ERA in 38 appearances with four saves, 43.2 innings pitched, 56 strikeouts and just two walks allowed. Hynes made a pair of outings - both in relief - last week allowing just one run with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work. He has a 1.54 ERA during his last 10 outings (11.2 IP) dating back to June 12. 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 was named a Pacific Coast League Triple-A All-Star last week while continuing a standout year. It marks his fifth all-star selection in his time as a professional player. He is batting .268 (86-for-321) with 42 runs, 18 doubles, nine triples, 11 home runs and 50 RBI. He is batting .400 (6-for-15) over his last four 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 15 appearances, 2-1 record, 2.36 ERA and 26.2 innings pitched with 27 strikeouts and just nine walks allowed. He went three scoreless innings on Saturday and hasn't allowed an earned run since June 28. 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 went 1-1 last week with a pair of starts while combining for 12 innings pitched, nine strikeouts and three runs allowed. His first start last week he struck out six in seven-shutout innings while earning his fifth win of the season. He is 5-10 this year with a 4.99 ERA in 18 starts with 106.1 innings pitched and 79 strikeouts with 22 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 returned from the disabled list this past week making his first start since May 11. He started against San Antonio where he took the loss but allowed just one run in five innings with three strikeouts and three walks. Bettis is 2-3 this season with a 3.73 ERA in eight starts with 41.0 innings pitched, 40 strikeouts and has allowed eight walks. He will start tonight against former teammate Bobby Doran at 7:05 p.m. CT at home in Tulsa. Doran, a third-round pick in 2010, is also in Double-A with Corpus Christi. 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 allowed just one earned run in his only start last week taking the loss in five innings pitched with two strikeouts. He is 6-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 21 outings with 11 starts, two saves and 80.2 innings pitched with 63 strikeouts and 20 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. He will start tonight against former teammate Chad Bettis at 7:05 p.m. CT on the road in Tulsa. Bettis, a second-round pick in 2010, is also in Double-A with Tulsa. 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 had two scoreless outings last week during his three appearances. He is 1-2 this season with a 3.03 ERA in 33 relief outings with three saves. He has pitched 32.2 innings with 40 strikeouts and 24 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. Karns won his only start last week pitching five scoreless innings allowing just one hit and two walks with five strikeouts in his sixth Double-A win of the season. He is 6-3 this year (Double-A) with a 3.69 ERA in 12 starts with one complete game, 61.0 innings pitched, 72 strikeouts and has allowed 24 walks. His next start is scheduled for today at home against Bowie for noon CT first pitch. 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. He is currently among all minor league leaders with 10 wins this year. Last week he earned his second Double-A victory pitching six innings allowing one run on five hits with two strikeouts and two walks. He is 10-2 this year with a 3.94 ERA in 16 starts with 91.1 innings pitched with 74 strikeouts and 25 walks. He has 16 career minor league wins in just 29 career starts as a pro. His next start is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10 on the road at Mississippi with a 7 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 scoreless appearances last week with 3.1 innings pitched and five strikeouts. He owns a 1.74 ERA over his last 10 outings (10.1 IP) with nine strikeouts. Coulombe is 0-2 this season with a 5.08 ERA in 35 appearances in 39.0 innings pitched, 42 strikeouts and has allowed 37 walks. 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 made one outing last week pitching two scoreless innings in relief. He is 3-3 this season with a 2.12 ERA in 23 relief appearances with two saves, 46.2 innings pitched, 34 strikeouts and 17 walks allowed. 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 pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts last week on July 5 out of the bullpen. He has a miniscule 0.66 ERA over his last 10 outings with 13.2 innings pitched and eight strikeouts during that stretch. He is 4-1 this season with a 1.33 ERA in 25 appearances with four saves, 40.2 innings pitched and 29 strikeouts with 17 walks issues. 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 rejoined Class-A Advanced San Jose this past week and is now batting .308 this season with five doubles, 11 RBI and three stolen bases with San Jose. He has hit safely in seven of his last eight games. He is batting .455 (10-for-22) this season against left-handed pitching. 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 had a 12-game hit streak snapped this past week and is now in an 0-for-12 slump. He is batting .239 (33-for-138) with 22 runs, five doubles, three home runs and 18 RBI with nine stolen bases this season. 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. Barnes played three years at Tech, 2010-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the first round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
John Neely (RHP - Relief Pitcher - Houston Astros - Single-A - Quad Cities River Bandits)
Neely is among league leaders with 12 saves and made two appearances last week while posting 2.2 innings pitched with three strikeouts. He is 2-5 this season with a 3.82 ERA in 28 outings with 33.0 innings of work with 24 strikeouts and 20 walks allowed. 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 recorded his first professional strikeouts this past week while making a pair of relief outings. Masek is 0-0 with a perfect 0.00 ERA in three outings with four innings pitched with three strikeouts and two walks allowed. 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.
Shane Broyles (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Colorado Rockies - Short-Season A - Asheville Tourists)
Broyles made two appearances last week after being sent to Short-Season A Tri-City Dust Devils. His most recent outing against Boise (July 7) was in relief striking out three in a scoreless inning while earning the win. In both Single-A and Short-Season A, Broyles is 2-9 with a 6.57 ERA in 17 outings (15 starts) with 74.0 innings, 61 strikeouts and 33 walks allowed. Broyles pitched one year at Tech in 2012 and was drafted in 2012 in the 14th round by the Colorado Rockies.
Jerad McCrummen (RHP - Relief Pitcher - Colorado Rockies - Short-Season A - Tri-City Dust Devils)
McCrummen has made six appearances - all scoreless - during his pro career which started on June 22. Last week he made a pair of scoreless relief outings with a total of 2.1 innings pitched with two strikeouts. His most recent outing on July 4 he picked up his second career win pitching 1.2 scoreless innings. His last walk allowed was on June 29. McCrummen is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in six outings with eight innings pitched, four strikeouts and two walks. 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 .409 (9-for-22) during the month of July while having an impressive week. He has three multi-hit games in July while last week going 3-for-4 with his first career pro home run last Friday. This season he is among Northwest League leaders batting .328 (20-for-61) with two doubles, three triples, seven RBI and 14 walks with seven stolen bases and a .494 on-base percentage and .508 slugging percentage. He leads the league in triples and on-base percentage. 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 made a pair of appearances last week out of the bullpen, one scoreless, pitching 3.1 innings with three strikeouts allowing just one run and two hits. He is 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA this season with four outings - all relief - with seven innings pitched, six strikeouts and one 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 a pair of scoreless appearances last week - both as a reliever - with 3.1 innings with seven strikeouts and just one hit allowed. Wheeler is 0-0 with a 1.59 ERA in four outings with 5.2 innings with nine strikeouts and two walks allowed. Wheeler pitched three years at Tech, 2011-13, and was drafted in 2013 in the 15th round by the Chicago White Sox.