Ramos has made 49 career appearances since debuting last September
July 15, 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 pitched on back-to-back days (July 13-14) for the first time since early April and has now recorded 11 consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run - longest streak of his career. In fact, Ramos hasn't allowed an earned run during the last month. He is 3-3 this season with a 3.59 ERA in 38 appearances with five holds, 47.2 innings pitched and 48 strikeouts with 24 walks allowed. 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.
Colt Hynes (LHP - Relief Pitcher - San Diego Padres)
Hynes became the 25th Red Raider to make their MLB debut on July 14 when he pitched a perfect three-up, three-down top of the ninth inning to secure a Padres' 10-1 win over the Giants in San Diego's final game before the all-star break. Hynes got the call up to the big leagues on Sunday, July 14 in the morning and made his debut later that day in what was his third consecutive day to pitch. Hynes was 2-0 in Double-A and Triple-A this season with a 1.52 ERA in 41 outings (all relief) with four saves, 47.1 innings pitched, 58 strikeouts and just two walks. Hynes spent seven seasons with 323 appearances in minor league baseball before making his debut. Hynes pitched two seasons at Tech, 2006-07, and was drafted in 2007 in the 31st round by the San Diego Padres.
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.
Roger Kieschnick (OF -San Francisco Giants - Triple-A - Fresno Grizzlies)
Kieschnick was named a Pacific Coast League Triple-A All-Star while continuing a standout year. It marks his fifth all-star selection in his time as a professional player. He is batting .265 (90-for-340) with 45 runs, 20 doubles, nine triples, 11 home runs, 51 RBI, 35 walks and has four stolen bases. 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 17 outings with a 3-1 record, 2.05 ERA and 30.2 innings pitched with just 17 hits allowed and 29 strikeouts with 10 walks. He made two scoreless relief outings last week combining for two strikeouts and four hits allowed. He earned the win on Friday pitching three scoreless frames with two strikeouts. Leverton pitched three years at Tech, 2006-08, and was drafted in 2008 in the 8th round by the Chicago Cubs.
Dustin Richardson (LHP - Starting/Relief Pitcher - Los Angeles Angels - Triple-A - Salt Lake Bees)
Richardson is back in professional baseball after missing all of the 2012 season. He was picked up this spring by the Angels and has been assigned to Triple-A Salt Lake. Richardson is 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA in eight appearances (3 starts) with 21.2 innings of work, 16 hits allowed, five earned runs and 18 strikeouts with 12 walks allowed. Richardson made his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2009 and also pitched for Boston in 2010. Richardson pitched two seasons at Tech, 2005-06, and was drafted in 2006 in the fifth round by the Boston Red Sox.
Zach Stewart (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Chicago White Sox - Triple-A - Charlotte Knights)
Stewart earned a no decision last week with a start on Thursday going five innings allowing three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and two walks. He is 5-10 on the season with 19 starts, 111.1 innings pitched, 81 strikeouts and 24 walks allowed. 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 made three starts since returning from the disabled list (July 3) and this past week matched up with former Red Raider teammate Bobby Doran in Tulsa last Monday. Bettis took the loss in the head-to-head matchup with Doran but managed to pick up a win on Sunday evening going six innings with six strikeouts allowing four runs on four hits - including three home runs. Bettis is 3-4 on the season with 10 starts, 3.52 ERA and 52.0 innings pitched with 54 strikeouts and just nine walks allowed. 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 earned the win in his only start this past week while leading the Corpus Christi Hooks to a win over his old Tech teammate>Chad Bettis last Monday in Tulsa against the Drillers. Doran went six innings allowing just two runs on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks. He is now 7-2 on the season with a 3.29 ERA in 21 appearances (11 starts) with two saves, 82.0 innings pitched, 65 strikeouts and 22 walks allowed. He is scheduled to start Monday, July 15 at Midland with a 6:30 p.m. CT first pitch. 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 made three scoreless relief outings last week while striking out five and walking one in 2.2 innings. He has eight scoreless appearances during his last 10 outings. He is 1-2 this season with a 2.80 ERA in 36 relief appearances with three saves, 35.1 innings pitched, 45 strikeouts and 25 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 took two no decisions last week with a combined 9.1 innings pitched, two runs allowed on just four hits with 13 strikeouts and four walks issued. He is 6-3 in Double-A this season with a 3.45 ERA in 14 starts with 70.1 innings, 85 strikeouts and 28 walks allowed. 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 took a loss and a no decision while combed he threw nine innings allowing four earned runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and three walks allowed. On this season, in both Single-A and Double-A starts, von Schamann is 10-3 with a 3.95 ERA in 18 starts with 100.1 innings pitched with 79 strikeouts and 28 walks allowed. 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 a pair of relief outings this past week, including perhaps his finest outing of the season pitching three shutout innings on July 11 allowing just two hits with five strikeouts. He is 0-2 on the season with a 4.71 ERA in 36 appearances with 42 innings pitched, 47 strikeouts and 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 three outings this past week - one scoreless - while pitching 2.2 innings with two strikeouts, despite allowing two earned runs. He is 3-4 on the season pitching in relief with a 2.37 ERA in 26 outings with two saves and 49.1 innings with 36 strikeouts and 19 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 had two scoreless appearances last week combining for 3.2 innings in a pair of relief outings. Kilcrease has a 0.56 ERA over his last 10 outings dating back to June 3. He is 4-1 this season with four saves and a 1.22 ERA in 27 outings with 29 strikeouts and 18 walks allowed. 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 had a pair of multi-hit games last week with a 2-for-5 effort with a double and RBI and also going 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and stolen base last Thursday. He is batting .291 on the season with 21 runs, eight doubles, one triple, a home run and 17 RBI with six stolen bases. 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 started to heat up again late last week and is now batting .248 (38-for-153) on the season with 23 runs, six doubles, four home runs and 22 RBI with nine stolen bases. 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.
Jamodrick McGruder (LF - Seattle Mariners - Single-A - Clinton LumberKings)
McGruder was promoted last week to Class A after an impressive start to the season in Short-Season A Everett while batting .328 in 21 games with seven RBI and seven stolen bases. He is 0-for-6 in three games played with Clinton while scoring a run on Saturday in a game he went 0-for-3. This season overall, McGruder is batting .299 (20-for-67) with 16 runs, two doubles, three triples, a home run and seven RBI with seven stolen bases and a .466 on-base percentage. McGruder played three years at Tech, 2010-2012, and was drafted in 2012 in the ninth round by the Seattle Mariners.
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 went back to Phoenix for a brief stint with the Rookie League Arizona Cubs while the Boise Hawks took a trip north of the border to Vancouver this past week. Masek made two outings, both in relief, where he allowed four runs on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks allowed. He took the loss in his first outing last week on Tuesday. Masek is now a combined 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in five outings with 6.1 innings pitched, five strikeouts and four 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 - Tri-City Dusters)
Broyles earned his second win at Short-Season A Tri-City last night pitching three scoreless innings with three strikeouts. He is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in four appearances with Tri-City with 10 innings pitched, 16 strikeouts and five walks allowed. Overall, on the season in both Single-A and Short-Season A, Broyles is 3-9 with a 6.08 ERA with 19 appearances, 15 starts, 80.0 innings pitched, 69 strikeouts and 35 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 eight appearances - all scoreless - during his pro career which started on June 22. Last week, McCrummen made two outings with a combined 2.2 innings of work allowing just two hits with two strikeouts. On the season he is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in eight outings with 10.2 innings fo work, nine hits allowed with six 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.
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. Made a pair of scoreless relief outings last week and has now not allowed a run since June 24. Redman earned his first career win on July 10 pitching 1.1 scoreless innings with two strikeouts. He also pitched 1.1 scoreless frames on July 8 allowing three this. This season Redman is 1-1 with a 1.86 ERA in six outings with 9.2 innings pitched with eight 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 one appearance last week allowing two runs and one hit in 2.2 innings with four strikeouts. It marked his second straight appearance with four strikeouts. Wheeler is 0-1 this season with a 3.24 ERA in five appearances with 8.1 innings of work with 13 strikeouts and three walks allowed. Wheeler pitched three years at Tech, 2011-13, and was drafted in 2013 in the 15th round by the Chicago White Sox.