Hynes Makes MLB Debut in Relief Against Giants
Hynes is the sixth Red Raider to make their MLB debut since 2009
July 15, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Sunday is a day that former Texas Tech left-handed pitcher Colt Hynes(2006-2007) will never forget as he made his Major League Baseball debut in relief with a perfect three-up and three-down inning for the San Diego Padres during a 10-1 victory at home against the San Francisco Giants.
Hynes, 28, was a 31st round MLB Draft selection by the Padres in 2007 following his senior season at Texas Tech. He had spent seven seasons in minor league baseball where made 323 career appearances.
Hynes, who entered today having pitched on back-to-back days while with Triple-A Tucson, had an opportunity to make his debut in the top of the ninth inning with the Padres holding a commanding 10-1 lead.
His debut didn't last long as he needed just seven pitches to retire the side in order with three consecutive fly outs by Jeff Francoeur, Tony Abreu and Guillermo Quiroz to end the game.
Hynes became the 25th Red Raider all-time to make an MLB debut and the second this season joining Nationals right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns(debuted on May 28). Hynes is the sixth Tech player to make their debut over the last four years and is the 18th Red Raider to make it to the big leagues since 2000.
Overall, Hynes is the 16th Texas Tech pitcher to make a big-league debut.
Hynes pitched two seasons at Tech following a junior-college career at North Central Texas College. He led Tech with a 2.93 ERA in 2006 while going 5-3 with two complete games and two saves with 70.2 innings pitched and 39 strikeouts.
During his two-year career, Hynes went 8-9 with a 4.56 ERA in 38 appearances (22 starts) with three complete games, two saves, 154.0 innings pitched, 94 strikeouts and 34 walks allowed.
Perhaps his top performance as a Red Raider came as a senior in 2007 when he delivered a complete-game 4-1 victory over No. 23 TCU at the Whataburger Classic in Corpus Christi with a career-high 11 strikeouts on his way to being named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week along with being named to the Whataburger Classic All-Tournament Team.
Hynes, who made 10 relief outings in Double-A before joining Tucson (Triple-A) earlier this season, has made a combined 41 appearances this season with a 2-0 record and 1.52 ERA with four saves. He has pitched 47.1 innings with 58 strikeouts and has allowed just two walks.
Hynes first made it to the Triple-A level in 2011 following one and a half seasons in Double-A San Antonio. He spent parts of two seasons (2009-2010) in Class-A advanced in the California League pitching for Lake Elsinore after spending a year and a half (2008-09) in Single-A Fort Wayne pitching in the Midwest League. Hynes' first pro campaign was in Short-Season A pitching for the Eugene Emeralds in the Northwest League after being selected in the 2007 MLB Draft.
In seven minor-league seasons, Hynes is 21-25 with a 3.59 ERA in 323 appearances (21 starts) with 13 saves and 501.1 innings pitched with 396 strikeouts and just 118 walks allowed.
NOTES: - Today's outing marked the third consecutive day that Hynes had pitched after throwing the previous two days in Triple-A (July 12-13) throwing a scoreless inning on Friday with a strikeout and allowing a run on one hit last night in 0.2 innings pitched.
- Hynes is the first Red Raider to make his MLB debut with the Padres since RHP Steve Watkins on Aug. 21, 2004 against the Marlins... Watkins' first out recorded in his debut was a fly out by Miguel Cabrera.
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