Barnes is batting .375 with three doubles, three home runs and nine RBI over his last 10 games
July 16, 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. Braden threw a 40-pitch bullpen on Friday and is expected to join the team during the second half of the season. 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 was dominating in his last start (July 5) throwing eight shutout-innings while striking out eight with one walk allowed and just four hits in a win over Houston. He is 2-2 this season with a 3.94 ERA in six starts with 32 innings pitched with 24 strikeouts and five walks allowed. His past two starts he has thrown 15 innings with 15 strikeouts and only two earned runs allowed in back-to-back victories. 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 won his second straight game (July 5) pitching seven innings with three strikeouts while allowing just one earned run on two hits at home against Tampa Bay. He is 5-5 this season with a 5.45 ERA in 13 starts with 79.1 innings pitched with 48 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 notched his sixth RBI over his last four games while going 1-for-4 on Sunday against Nashville. Bard is batting .297 (30-for-101) this season with 12 runs, four doubles, five home runs and 23 RBI in 29 games played this season. 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 has started in his last four outings while having pitched at least five innings in three of his last four trips to the mound. He is 3-8 this season with a 6.78 ERA in 21 appearances (13 starts) with 81 innings, 50 strikeouts and 22 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 is 1-1 with a 3.74 ERA in four Triple-A starts with 21.2 innings with 10 strikeouts. 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. Ramos hasn't allowed an earned run in over a month while going 3-0 with a 0.59 ERA in 36 appearances this season with 10 saves, 46 innings pitched and 56 strikeouts with just 11 walks allowed. 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 is 3-1 in four starts in his brief Double-A career while pitching 21 innings with 13 strikeouts and three walks allowed. In 18 minor league starts this year, Doran is 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 104.1 innings with 70 strikeouts and 28 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 earned the win last week (July 13) pitching 5.1 innings with five strikeouts while allowing one run on four hits to post his first Double-A win of the season. In both Single-A and Double-A this season, Leverton is 2-2 with a 2.89 ERA in 18 appearances (3 starts) with 37.1 innings, 41 strikeouts and 13 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 made just one appearance last week and is now 0-1 with a 2.55 ERA in 17 outings this season with two saves, 35.1 innings, 35 strikeouts and 11 walks. He has made eight scoreless appearances over his last 10 outings. 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 - Double-A (Advanced) - Reading Phillies)
- Johnson made two scoreless appearances last week while pitching 3.1 innings with two strikeouts while allowing just two hits. He is 1-0 this season with a 2.04 ERA in 16 appearances with 17.2 innings, 21 strikeouts and nine 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 - Washington Nationals - Single-A (Advanced) - Potomac Nationals)
- Karns won for the fourth time in his last five starts last Monday going seven innings with five strikeouts and allowed just one run on three hits. Karns is 7-2 with a 2.22 ERA in 18 appearances (12 starts) with two complete games, 85 innings pitched 114 strikeouts and 36 walks allowed. Karns pitched two years at Tech, 2008-09, and was drafted in 2009 in the 12th round by the Washington Nationals.
Daniel Coulombe (LHP - Relief Pitcher - Los Angeles Dodgers - Single-A - Great Lakes Loons)
- Coulombe was promoted to Class A Great Lakes after making three appearances at the Rookie-League level. Coulombe is 0-0 with a 5.06 ERA in eight appearances (Rookie and Single-A) with 10.2 innings, 16 strikeouts and five walks allowed. Coulombe pitched two years at Tech, 2011-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 25th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Robbie Kilcrease (LHP - Pittsburgh Pirates - Single-A - West Virginia Power)
- Kilcrease made two scoreless appearances last week out of the bullpen with three strikeouts. He is 0-2 this season with a 3.65 ERA in 28 outings with three saves, 44.1 innings, 48 strikeouts and 19 walks allowed. 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 .233 (7-for-30) with two runs, three doubles and one RBI playing in 12 games. 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 tallied four base hits (one multi-hit game) and three stolen bases last week. He is batting .228 (68-for-298) with 39 runs, six doubles, three triples, one home run, 27 RBI and is 27-of-33 in stolen bases. He currently ranks tied for seventh in the South Atlantic League with 27 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 is 3-0 this year (Rookie and Single-A) with six appearances (4 starts) with 24.1 innings, 11 strikeouts and two walks allowed. He has won his last two starts. 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 has been on fire lately, just last night going 2-for-4 with a solo homer. His last 10 games Barnes is batting .375 (12-for-32) with five runs, three doubles, three home runs, nine RBI, seven walks, .500 on-base percentage and .750 slugging percentage. On the season, Barnes is batting .291 (23-for-79) with 14 RBI in 23 games. 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 was dominating last night in an eight-inning shutout performance allowing just four base hits with three strikeouts while not allowing a walk. He has won his last three starts while allowing just four runs over an 18-inning stretch. On the season - in five appearances and three starts - Broyles is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 25 innings with 18 strikeouts and five walks allowed. 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's top performance last week was going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two walks (July11). He leads the Northwest League with 12 stolen bases while having been caught stealing just three times all season. He is batting .240 (23-for-96) with 19 runs, seven doubles and seven RBI this season with 17 walks and just 15 strikeouts. 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 had a scoreless appearance last week (July 14) pitching three scoreless innings allowing just one hit with a strikeout. Neely is 0-0 this season with a 3.46 ERA in seven outings with 13 innings pitched and eight strikeouts. 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 had a breakthrough game last week (July 9) going 3-for-6 with a run scored and two RBI. He is batting .129 (4-for-31) with two runs, one double and three RBI in eight games played. Altobelli played three years at Tech, 2010-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 21st round by the Minnesota Twins.
Reid Redman (2B - Tampa Bay Rays - Rookie League - Princeton Rays)
- Redman's top performance last week game on Thursday going 3-for-4 with two runs, one double and three RBI. He is batting .269 (21-for-78) this season with 16 runs, five doubles, one triple, one homer and nine RBI with three stolen bases. 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 closed his Rookie League career last week while recently being promoted to Short-Season A in Everett. He went 1-0 with a 1.53 ERA in four appearances (3 starts) in Rookie League with 17.2 innings, eight hits allowed, three runs given up and 26 strikeouts with just three walks allowed. Shellhorn pitched one year at Tech in 2012 and was drafted in the 31st round by the Seattle Mariners.