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Red Raiders in the Major Leagues: Week 4 Update

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Former Tech SS Kelby Tomlinson went 3-for-6 with 2 HR and 5 RBI in a game last week

July 12, 2011

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech baseball program started the 2011 Major League Baseball season with several former players on MLB rosters and on Minor League Baseball rosters trying to reach the big leagues.

Currently, there are 20 former Texas Tech players who are playing with an MLB organization as a player. Throughout the remainder of the 2011 MLB season, Texas Tech athletics communications will provide weekly updates on former Red Raiders competing at the major league and minor league level.

Josh Bard (Catcher - Seattle Mariners)
- Bard was called up to the big leagues on June 29, marking his second stint with the Mariners, after playing the 2010 season in a Seattle uniform. Now in his 10th MLB season, Bard is batting .217 (5-for-23) with two doubles, one home run and two RBI in seven games played. In his last game before the All-Star Break (July 10), Bard went 1-for-3 on the road at the Los Angeles Angels. Bard was the starting catcher at Texas Tech for three seasons, 1997-1999, and was drafted in 1999 in the third round by the Colorado Rockies.
- Bard's Bio
- Photo Gallery
- Video

Dallas Braden (LHP - Starting Pitcher - Oakland Athletics)
- Braden began his fifth big league season with the Athletics in 2011 with three starts and a 1-1 record in 18.0 innings pitched before a torn capsule in his left shoulder placed him on the 60-day disabled list. Currently there is no timetable for his recovery, but he is expected to miss the remainder of the 2011 season. He underwent a successful surgery on his left shoulder on May 17. Braden left his start on April 16 after five innings due to stiffness in his pitching shoulder. In three outings the left hander went 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA with 15 strikeouts and allowed just five walks. Braden pitched one season for Tech in 2004 and was drafted in 2004 in the 24th round by the Oakland Athletics.
- Braden's Bio
- Photo Gallery
- Video

Jeff Karstens (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Pittsburgh Pirates)
- Karstens completed the first half of the 2011 season as one of the hottest pitchers in all of Major League Baseball. He has already won a career-high seven games and is a perfect 4-0 over his last five starts dating back to mid-June. In his last start, Karstens went 7.0 innings in a win over the Houston Astros in Pittsburgh. Karstens allowed just one earned run on seven hits and three strikeouts without allowing a walk. This season Karstens is 7-4 with a 2.55 ERA in 19 appearances (15 starts) with 98.2 innings pitched, 88 hits allowed, 28 earned runs allowed with 58 strikeouts and 18 walks. During his last 10 starts, Karstens is 5-2 with a 1.91 ERA in 61.1 innings pitched with 29 strikeouts. Karstens pitched one season at Tech in 2003 and was drafted in 2003 in the 19th round by the New York Yankees.
- Karstens' Bio
- Photo Gallery
- Video

Josh Tomlin (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Cleveland Indians)
- In just his second MLB season, Tomlin has become a known commodity around the American League and his outstanding first half of the season included winning 10 games and continuing his streak of consecutive starts pitching at least 5.0 innings, which has already become an MLB all-time record. Tomlin is 10-4 with a 3.81 ERA in 18 starts. He has pitched in 115.2 innings, allowed 104 hits, 49 earned runs and struck out 65 batters and allowed 14 walks. Tomlin pitched one season at Tech in 2006 and was drafted in 2006 in the 19th round by the Cleveland Indians.
- Tomlin's Bio
- Photo Gallery
- Video

Colt Hynes (LHP - Relief Pitcher - San Diego Padres - Triple-A - Tucson Padres)
- In both Double-A and Triple-A action this season, Hynes is 2-4 with a 3.60 ERA in 42 appearances (all-relief). He has pitched in 50 innings allowing 51 hits, 20 earned runs and struck out 35 batters and given up 21 walks Hynes has recorded a miniscule 1.42 ERA over his last 10 outings dating back to April 30. Hynes pitched two seasons at Tech, 2006-07, and was drafted in 2007 in the 31st round by the San Diego Padres.
- Hynes' Bio

Dustin Richardson (LHP - Relief Pitcher - Atlanta Braves - Triple-A - Gwinnett Braves)
- Richardson has provided scoreless relief outings in five of his last eight trips to the mound. In 30 appearances this year at the Triple-A level with both Florida and Atlanta, Richardson is 3-1 with a 3.72 ERA in 38.2 innings with 35 hits allowed, 16 earned runs allowed and struck out 41 batters allowing 22 walks. Richardson pitched two seasons at Tech, 2005-06, and was drafted in 2006 in the fifth round by the Boston Red Sox.
- Richardson's Bio
- Photo Gallery
- Video

Chris Sampson (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Florida Marlins - Triple-A - New Orleans Zephyrs)
- Sampson has had a tremendous season with Triple-A New Orleans, and now has a 6-0 record with a 2.53 ERA in 10 starts. Sampson has logged 64 innings while allowing 65 hits, 18 earned runs and has posted 33 strikeouts and 11 walks. He has pitched at least six innings in six consecutive starts - where he has tallied a 3-0 record. Sampson's last start saw him go seven innings allowing two runs on seven hits with one strikeout in the victory. Sampson pitched one season at Tech in 1999 and was drafted in 1999 in the eighth round by the Houston Astros.
- Sampson's Bio
- Photo Gallery
- Video

Zach Stewart (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Toronto Blue Jays - Double-A - New Hampshire Fisher Cats)
- Stewart was optioned to Double-A New Hampshire after going 0-1 with a 4.86 ERA in three starts with Toronto with 16.2 innings pitched and 10 strikeouts. Stewart's last outing was a rough one as he allowed six earned runs and 10 base hits in four innings, despite striking out six and allowing just one walk. In 14 starts at the Double-A level this year, Stewart is 4-5 with a 4.52 ERA in 79.2 innings. He has struck out 59 batters and allowed 24 walks. Stewart pitched one season at Tech in 2008 and was drafted in 2008 in the third round by the Cincinnati Reds.
- Stewart's Bio
- Video

Roger Kieschnick (RF - San Francisco Giants - Double-A - Richmond Flying Squirrels)
- Kieschnick is set to appear in the Eastern League Double-A All-Star game on Wednesday, July 13, as he has now been named an All-Star three times in his career (Mid-Season and Post-Season in 2009). He enters the midway point of the season batting .263 (84-for-319) with 47 runs, 15 doubles, three triples, nine homers and 45 RBI while stealing 10 bases in 17 attempts. Kieschnick has hit safely in four consecutive games, two of which he has tallied two base hits. In his last four games, Kieschnick is batting .353 (6-for-17) with two runs, two doubles, one home run and four 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.
- Kieschnick's Bio

Chad Bettis (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Colorado Rockies - Single-A (Advanced) - Modesto Nuts)
- Bettis, a California League All-Star selection this season, had one of his most dominating performances of the season in his most recent start last week(Friday) while striking out 11 batters in seven innings and allowing one earned run and just three hits in a loss. In California League statistical categories, Bettis currently ranks second in innings pitched (105.2), second in strikeouts (114), third in WHIP (1.18), sixth in ERA (3.66) and tied for sixth in starts (17). In addition, Bettis was named the California League Pitcher of the Week on July 4. Bettis pitched three years at Tech, 2008-10, and was drafted in 2010 in the second round by the Colorado Rockies.
- Bettis' Bio

Bobby Doran (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Houston Astros - Single-A (Advanced) - Lancaster JetHawks)
- Doran was placed on the disabled list after leaving his June 2 start in the second inning with an arm injury. Doran opened the season with a 1-3 record and 10.30 ERA in 10 starts with 39.1 innings pitched. He has struck out 22 batters this season with 16 walks allowed. Doran pitched one season at Tech in 2010 and was drafted in 2010 in the third round by the Houston Astros.
- Doran's Bio

AJ Ramos (RHP - Relief Pitcher - Florida Marlins - Single-A (Advanced) - Jupiter Hammerheads)
- Ramos has allowed only one earned run in his last 10 outings (0.93 ERA). He has a 1-2 record with a 2.17 ERA in 29 innings pitched with 13 saves this season. He has tallied 36 strikeouts while allowing 12 walks and 21 hits. Ramos also has multiple strikeouts in three of his last six appearances. Ramos pitched four years at Tech, 2006-09, and was drafted in 2009 in the 21st round by the Florida Marlins.
- Ramos' Bio

Chris Richburg (1B - Cincinnati Reds - Single-A (Advanced) - Bakersfield Blaze)
- Richburg completed the first half of the season batting .267 (54-for-202) with 25 runs, 13 doubles, one triple, five home runs and 21 RBI. He has hit safely in four of his last five games, which includes a 3-for-4 game with a double and an RBI against San Jose on July 7. Richburg played four years at Tech, 2005, 2007-09, and was drafted in 2009 in the 23rd round by the Cincinnati Reds.
- Richburg's Bio

Jay Johnson (LHP - Philadelphia Phillies - Single-A - Lakewood BlueClaws)
- Johnson has made six consecutive scoreless appearances and has posted a 0.57 ERA over his last 10 relief outings. On the season, Johnson is 0-1 with a 2.52 ERA in 20 appearances (all relief) with one save. He has tallied 25.0 innings pitched while allowing 14 hits and seven earned runs with 29 strikeouts and 20 walks allowed. Johnson pitched one year at Tech in 2010 and was drafted in 2010 in the 26th round by the Toronto Blue Jays.
- Johnson's Bio

Jeremy Mayo (C - Washington Nationals - Short-Season Single-A - Auburn Doubledays)
- Mayo, who has played at three levels this season in the Nationals organization, has batted .171 (7-for-41) this year with seven runs, two doubles, one home run and five RBI. Mayo played three years at Tech, 2008-2010, and was drafted in 2010 in the 31st round by the Washington Nationals.
- Mayo's Bio

Zach Fowler (LHP - Baltimore Orioles - Short-Season Class A - Aberdeen IronBirds)
- Fowler is fresh off of a promotion to Short-Season Class A, Aberdeen IronBirds, after making three scoreless appearances for the Orioles Rookie-League squad. Fowler made his Short-Season A debut on Sunday while pitching an inning in relief. Fowler pitched one year at Tech in 2011 and was drafted in 2011 in the 34th round by the Baltimore Orioles.
- Fowler's Bio

Nathan Karns (RHP - Washington Nationals - Rookie League - Gulf Coast League Nationals)
- Karns has shined in four starts for the Gulf Coast League Nationals squad. Karns has struck out 20 batters in 13.2 innings while allowing only two base hits without allowing a single run. In his last start, Karns went four scoreless innings while not allowing a base hit with six strikeouts.
- Karns' Bio

Robbie Kilcrease (LHP - Pittsburgh Pirates - Rookie League - Gulf Coast League Pirates)
- Kilcrease has made two consecutive scoreless appearances the past week, pitching a total of four innings while allowing just one hit with a strikeout. On the season, Kilcrease is 0-2 with a 4.09 ERA in five relief outings. Kilcrease pitched three years at Tech, 2008-09, 2011, and signed as a free agent in 2011 with the Pirates.
- Kilcrease's Bio

Nick Popescu (3B - Atlanta Braves - Rookie League - Gulf Coast League Braves)
- Popescu is batting .182 (4-for-22) with a run scored and one RBI with one walk in eight games played. He has one multi-hit game on the season. Popescu played two years at Tech, 2010-11, and was drafted in 2011 in the 33rd round by the Atlanta Braves.
- Popescu's Bio

Kelby Tomlinson (SS - San Francisco Giants - Rookie League - Arizona League Giants)
- Tomlinson had his best game as a professional last week going 3-for-6 with two home runs and five RBI on July 7 against the Cubs Rookie League squad. Tomlinson is now batting .323 (10-for-31) with one double, two home runs and six RBI with three stolen bases. Tomlinson has helped guide the Arizona League Giants to first place in league standings with a 13-4 record. Tomlinson played one year at Tech in 2011 and was drafted in 2011 in the 12th round by the San Francisco Giants.
- Tomlinson's Bio

 

 

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