McCrummen and Broyles combined on the first no-hitter for the Dust Devils since 2001 last week
July 23, 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 now made 13 consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run - a streak that dates back to June 18. He threw two innings without allowing an earned run on Sunday with two strikeouts and also recorded a pair of strikeouts in a one-inning outing last Friday without giving up an earned run. Ramos is 3-3 this season with a 3.38 ERA in 40 outings with 50.2 innings pitched, 52 strikeouts and 25 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 made one outings last week after the all-star break going 0.2 innings without allowing a run while allowing one hit. In two outings since making his MLB debut, Hynes is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 1.2 innings allowing just one hit. 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 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.
Jay Johnson (LHP - Relief Pitcher - Philadelphia Phillies - Triple-A - Lehigh Valley IronPigs)
Johnson was called up to Triple-A last week and also made his Triple-A debut pitching a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. Just last night Johnson pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts and two walks allowed. In both Double-A and Triple-A, Johnson is 2-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 40 appearances with three saves, 39.1 innings pitched, 50 strikeouts and 28 walks allowed. Johnson pitched one year at Tech in 2010 and was drafted in 2010 in the 26th round by the Toronto Blue Jays.
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. Kieschnick had a pair of multi-hit games last week going 3-for-3 with three doubles and two RBI last Thursday and went 2-for-3 with a double and two walks last night. Kieschnick is batting .269 (95-for-353) with 47 runs scored, 24 doubles, nine triples, 11 home runs and 53 RBI in 96 games this season. 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 19 outings with a 3-1 record, 2.16 ERA and 33.1 innings pitched with just 20 hits allowed and 33 strikeouts with 11 walks. His last outing he went two scoreless relief outings with three strikeouts. This season, in both Double-A and Triple-A, Leverton is 4-2 with a 3.54 ERA in 30 outings with 53.1 innings with 52 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.
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 3-1 with a 4.15 ERA in nine outings - 4 starts - with 26.0 innings pitched, 20 strikeouts and 17 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 Friday going six innings with six strikeouts and two runs allowed on five hits and two walks. He is 5-10 this season with a 4.91 ERA in 20 starts with 117.1 innings pitched with 87 strikeouts and 26 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 struck out at least six batters in three straight starts and most recently struck out six in four innings during a no decision last Saturday. Bettis is 3-4 with a 4.18 ERA in 11 starts with 56 innings pitched, 60 strikeouts and just 10 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 picked up his eighth win of the season last Monday pitching six innings allowing just one run with a strikeout and a walk on the road at Midland. Doran has recently been called up to Triple-A to make a spot start for Oklahoma City later tonight at Omaha. Doran is 8-2 this season in both Double-A (22 APP, 12 starts) and Triple-A (1 APP, 1 start) with a 3.30 ERA and two saves with 92.2 innings pitched with 66 strikeouts and 23 walks allowed. Doran pitched one season at Tech in 2010 and was drafted in 2010 in the third round by the Houston Astros.
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 this season, 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 suffered his first loss since July 8 giving up just one run on seven hits in 5.2 innings with three strikeouts. In both Double-A and Triple-A, von Schamann is 10-4 with a 3.82 ERA in 19 starts with 106.0 innings with 82 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 three relief outings last week while combining for six strikeouts in four innings of work. He is 2-2 this season with a 4.30 ERA in 39 relief outings with 46.0 innings pitched with 53 strikeouts and 40 walks allowed. 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 relief outings last week pitching two scoreless innings with three strikeouts. He is 3-4 with a 2.26 ERA in 27 outings with two saves, 51.2 innings pitched and 39 strikeouts with 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 has continued his impressive season while registering a 4-1 record with five saves and a 1.46 ERA in 29 relief outings. He has pitched 49.1 innings with 31 strikeouts and 18 walks allowed. Eight of his last 10 outings have been scoreless. 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 batted .333 (4-for-12) last week while hitting safely in all three games. He is batting .278 (45-for-162) with 22 runs, eight doubles, one triple, one home run and 18 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 is batting .375 (6-for-16) the last four games while hitting safely in eight of the last 10 games. Barnes is batting .267 (47-for-176) with 26 runs, nine doubles, five home runs and 24 RBI with nine stolen bases. 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 is 0-for-18 during his two weeks in Class-A Clinton while tallying two runs scored. McGruder is batting .253 on the season with 17 runs, two doubles, three triples and one home run with seven RBI with 14 walks and seven stolen bases. 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 made two relief outings last week while pitching four innings with six strikeouts. This season he is 1-1 with a 3.48 ERA in seven outings with 10.1 innings, 11 strikeouts and six walks allowed. 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 continued his impressive season in Short-Season A Tri-City this past week while combining on a no-hitter on July 20 pitching two scoreless innings with two strikeouts. He actually combined on the no-hitter with former Tech teammate Jerad McCrummen who pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Broyles worked the sixth and seventh innings. The no-hitter marked the first by the Dust Devils since 2001 and the first in the Northwest League since 2009. Broyles is 2-0 in six relief outings with 12.1 innings pitched with 19 strikeouts and six 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 made three outings last week - two scoreless - while pitching 3.1 innings with four strikeouts. His second outings last week - July 20 - he combined on a no-hitter along with former Tech teammate>Shane Broyles, who both pitched out of the Tri-City bullpen. McCrummen and Broyles helped in the first no-hitter for the Dust Devils since 2001 and the first by a Northwest League team since 2009. McCrummen is 2-1 this season with a 1.20 ERA with 12 appearances, 15.0 innings pitched and 11 strikeouts with two walks allowed. 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. He made two scoreless outings last season pitching a combined 1.1 innings with a strikeout. Redman is 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA in eight outings with 11.0 innings pitched with nine strikeouts and two walks allowed. He currently has four straight scoreless appearances. 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 returned to the field this past week after suffering an oblique injury that placed him on the 15-day disabled list. Altobelli went 1-for-3 in his first game back and went 0-for-1 with a walk last night before the game was suspended. He is batting .385 (5-for-13) with a double and two walks this season in five games of action. 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 three scoreless outings last week with his first career save while tallying four innings of work with seven strikeouts and one walk allowed without giving up a base hit. Wheeler is 0-1 this season with a 2.19 ERA in eight outings with one saves, 12.1 innings pitched and 20 strikeouts with four walks allowed. Wheeler pitched three years at Tech, 2011-13, and was drafted in 2013 in the 15th round by the Chicago White Sox.