July 28, 2014
von Schamann pitched seven scoreless innings on Friday allowing three hits with three strikeouts without allowing a walk to win his sixth game
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech baseball program started the 2014 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 25 former Texas Tech players who are playing with an MLB organization as a player. Throughout the remainder of the summer, Texas Tech athletics communications will provide weekly updates on former Red Raiders competing at the major league and minor league level.
Chad Bettis (RHP - Relief Pitcher - Colorado Rockies)
Bettis made two relief outings last week - his first scoreless going 0.2 innings against the Nationals in Denver. Bettis is 0-2 this season with 19 appearances in the big leagues with an 8.61 ERA with 23.0 innings, 13 strikeouts and 10 walks allowed. Bettis pitched three seasons at Tech, 2008-2010 and was drafted in 2010 in the second round by the Colorado Rockies.
AJ Ramos (RHP - Relief Pitcher - Miami Marlins)
Ramos continued his impressive season on Saturday pitching a scoreless 1.2 innings with a pair of strikeouts allowing just one base hit. Ramos now has 13 consecutive scoreless outings. The last time he allowed a run was on June 8. He is 4-0 on the season with a 1.98 ERA with 42 appearances, 41.0 innings pitched, 46 strikeouts and 30 walks allowed. He ranks among National League leaders with 13 holds. Ramos pitched four years at Tech, 2006-09, and was drafted in 2009 in the 21st round by the Florida Marlins.
Josh Tomlin (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Cleveland Indians)
Tomlin took a no decision during his only start last week going 5.1 innings allowing three earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts without allowing a walk on the road at Kansas City. Tomlin is 5-7 with a 4.47 ERA in 14 starts with 86.2 innings pitched, 77 strikeouts and allowed 10 walks. Tomlin pitched one season at Tech in 2006 and was drafted in 2006 in the 19th round by the Cleveland Indians.
Bobby Doran (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Chicago White Sox - Triple-A - Charlotte Knights)
Doran, who has 34 career minor league wins, was part of a trade this season going from the Houston Astros organization to the Chicago White Sox - where he joined Triple-A Charlotte. Doran suffered his first loss as a member of the Charlotte Knights - snapping a streak of back-to-back wins with the club - after allowing six runs on eight hits in three innings on Saturday with four strikeouts and two walks allowed. He is 4-5 this season with a 5.80 ERA in 24 appearances (12 starts) with 94.2 innings, 55 strikeouts and 37 walks allowed. Doran pitched one season at Tech in 2010 and was drafted in 2010 in the third round by the Houston Astros.
Colt Hynes (LHP - Relief Pitcher - Los Angeles Dodgers - Triple-A - Albuquerque Isotopes)
Hynes made one relief outing last week allowing one run in 1.2 innings with a strikeout. He is 1-3 this season with a 4.76 ERA in 37 relief outings with two saves, 45.1 innings, 39 strikeouts and nine walks allowed. Hynes pitched two seasons at Tech, 2006-07, and was drafted in 2007 in the 31st round by the San Diego Padres.
Nathan Karns (RHP - Starting Pitcher - Tampa Bay Rays - Triple-A - Durham Bulls)
Karns currently ranks second in the International League with 113 strikeouts. He took a no decision in his start last week despite having dominating numbers throwing seven innings without allowing an earned run on five hits with nine strikeouts and zero walks allowed. Karns has 21 strikeouts over his last three starts (20.2 IP). He is 7-5 this season with a 4.91 ERA in 20 starts with 106.1 innings, 113 strikeouts and 46 walks allowed. Karns pitched two years at Tech, 2008-09, and was drafted in 2009 in the 12th round by the Washington Nationals.
Roger Kieschnick (OF -Arizona Diamondbacks - Triple-A - Reno Aces)
Kieschnick tallied back-to-back multi-hit games on Friday and Saturday while going 2-for-4 with two runs, a home run and three RBI on Friday. He has 11 home runs in Triple-A this season. Kieschnick has also played in 19 games at the big league level with the D-Backs this season with a .207 batting average in 29 at-bats. In Triple-A, Kieschnick is batting .271 (75-for-277) with 41 runs, 19 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 33 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.
Dustin Richardson (LHP - Relief Pitcher - Los Angeles Angels - Triple-A - Salt Lake Bees)
Richardson returned from the disabled list on July 9 after missing nearly a month with an injury. Richardson made four relief outings last week - three scoreless - while posting three innings of work with seven strikeouts and just one walk allowed. He is 3-3 this season with a 6.99 ERA in 20 outings (3 starts) with 37.1 innings, 40 strikeouts and 18 walks allowed. 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 - Atlanta Braves - Triple-A - Gwinnett Braves)
Stewart made a pair of rehab starts last week in the Gulf Coast League with both starts ending in two innings. Stewart is 4-4 this season with a 3.91 ERA in 14 appearances (12 starts) with 76.0 innings, 38 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.
Daniel Coulombe (LHP - Relief Pitcher - Los Angeles Dodgers - Double-A - Chattanooga Lookouts)
Coulombe was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga after having a stellar season in Class-A Advanced in the California League this season. Coulombe made four scoreless relief outings in Double-A for the Lookouts before allowing his first runs in Double-A giving up two runs in 0.2 innings on Sunday with one strikeout. Coulombe pitched two scoreless innings with four strikeouts on Friday. He is 3-0 this season with a 2.98 ERA in 36 outings with five saves, 51.1 innings, 74 strikeouts and 19 walks allowed. Coulombe pitched two years at Tech, 2011-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 25th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
James Leverton (LHP -Relief Pitcher - Miami Marlins - Double-A - Jacksonville Suns)
Leverton is currently on the seven-day disabled list with his most recent outing on July 6. Leverton was up for big-league spring training but has been in Double-A this season where he has made seven relief outings with a 0-1 record, 4.15 ERA, 8.2 innings pitched and has seven strikeouts and three walks allowed. He is one of three Red Raiders from the 2008 MLB Draft class (Roger Kieschnick, Zach Stewart) who remain in professional baseball. Leverton pitched three years at Tech, 2006-08, and was drafted in 2008 in the 8th round by the Chicago Cubs.
Kelby Tomlinson (SS -San Francisco Giants - Double-A - Richmond Flying Squirrels)
Tomlinson is one of the hottest hitters in the Double-A Eastern League while batting .333 (30-for-90) during the month of July. He continues to lead the league in stolen bases with 41 while batting .269 (87-for-324) on the season with 46 runs, seven doubles, five triples, 26 RBI and is 41-of-51 in stolen base attempts. 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 - Cleveland Indians - Double-A - Akron RubberDucks)
von Schamann earned his first win in the month of July on Friday while pitching seven shutout innings allowing just three hits with three strikeouts and no walks. He is 6-6 this season with a 4.20 ERA in 21 outings (17 starts) with one save, 115.1 innings, 55 strikeouts and 26 walks. 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 (OF -Pittsburgh Pirates - Class A Advanced - Bradenton Marauders)
Barnes was promoted to Class A Advanced Bradenton after batting .313 (5-for-16) in the Gulf Coast League. Barnes was recently placed on the disabled list following a game on July 21. He is batting .240 (12-for-50) in 17 games this season while playing in Rookie League, Single-A and Class A Advanced. He has nine runs, four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI on the season. Barnes played three years at Tech, 2010-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the first round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Shane Broyles (RHP - Relief Pitcher - Colorado Rockies - Class A Advanced - Modesto Nuts)
Broyles made back-to-back scoreless relief outings last week going three innings with two strikeouts on Monday and pitching a scoreless frame on Sunday with a strikeout. He is 2-2 this season with a 3.81 ERA in 35 appearances (all relief) with one save, 52.0 innings and 57 strikeouts with just 18 walks allowed. Broyles pitched one year at Tech in 2012 and was drafted in 2012 in the 14th round by the Colorado Rockies.
Reid Redman (RHP - Florida Marlins - Class A Advanced - Jupiter Hammerheads)
Redman was named to the Florida State League All-Star Game after starting the year as one of the top relievers in Class A-Advanced. Redman - who also made one outing in Double-A this season - made a pair of scoreless outings last week with a two-inning save on July 23 allowing just two hits with three strikeouts. He tallied an inning of scoreless relief on July 26 posting two strikeouts without allowing a walk or base hit. Redman has a 1.13 ERA against right-handed batters while collecting 26 strikeouts and just two walks allowed. Redman played two years at Tech as a third baseman, 2011-12, and was drafted in 2012 in the 23rd round by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Brett Bruening (RHP - Chicago White Sox - Single-A - Kannapolis Intimidators)
Bruening is currently on the seven-day disabled list. Bruening, who hasn't pitched the past three seasons, returned to minor league baseball in 2014 and has made three outings this season - all in relief - with three innings pitched, a walk and a strikeout. Bruening played one year at Tech, 2010, and was drafted in 2010 in the 42nd round by the Chicago White Sox.
Jamodrick McGruder (2B - Cincinnati Reds - Single-A - Dayton Dragons)
McGruder, a 2012 All-American at Texas Tech, hit safely in three straight games last week and is now hitting .328 (19-for-58) with runners in scoring position. On the season, McGruder is batting .244 (66-for-270) with 37 runs, 10 doubles, six triples, two home runs and 22 RBI with 10-of-16 stolen bases. McGruder played three years at Tech, 2010-2012, and was drafted in 2012 in the ninth round by the Seattle Mariners.
Chris Sadberry (LHP - Starting Pitcher - Miami Marlins - Single-A - Greensboro Grasshoppers)
Sadberry was promoted to Class A Greensboro in the South Atlantic League this past week after making four starts in the New York Penn League for Batavia. He struck out five batters in four innings during his only start last week on July 23. He is 0-1 in four starts this season with a 4.09 ERA in 11.0 innings with 11 strikeouts and two walks allowed. Sadberry pitched one year at Tech, 2014, and was drafted in 2014 in the sixth round by the Miami Marlins.
Andre Wheeler (LHP - Relief Pitcher - Chicago White Sox - Single-A - Kannapolis Intimidators)
Wheeler made just one relief outing last week lasting 4.1 innings allowing five runs on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks allowed. He is 1-3 this season with a 3.71 ERA in 22 outings (11 starts) with 70.1 innings, 82 strikeouts and 24 walks allowed. Wheeler pitched three years at Tech, 2011-13, and was drafted in 2013 in the 15th round by the Chicago White Sox.
Trey Masek (RHP - Relief Pitcher - Chicago Cubs - Short-Season A - Boise Hawks)
Masek, who was held in extended spring training due to injury, has made two relief outings this season with a 9.82 ERA in 3.2 innings with five strikeouts and four walks allowed. Masek's first outing came on June 18 when he struck out four in two scoreless innings. Masek pitched three years at Tech, 2011-13, and was drafted in 2013 in the fifth round by the Chicago Cubs.
Jerad McCrummen (RHP - Relief Pitcher - Colorado Rockies - Short-Season A - Tri-City Dust Devils)
McCrummen made a pair of scoreless relief outings last week going an inning on July 24 and recording one out on Sunday evening. He is 3-0 this season with a 2.88 ERA in 13 relief outings with 25.0 innings, 21 strikeouts and six walks allowed. McCrummen pitched three years at Tech, 2011-2013, and was drafted in 2013 in the 23rd round by the Colorado Rockies.
Jonny Drozd (LHP - New York Yankees - Rookie League - Gulf Coast League Yankees)
Drozd made one scoreless outing in relief last week tossing 0.2 innings on July 22 to earn his first professional save while posting one strikeout and not allowing a walk or base hit. He is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three professional outings with one save, 2.2 innings, five strikeouts and zero walks allowed. He has allowed just one base hit this season. Drozd pitched two years at Tech, 2013-14, and signed a free agent contract in 2014 with the New York Yankees.
Adam Kirsch (OF - New York Yankees - Rookie League - Gulf Coast League Yankees)
Kirsch had a memorable first couple games in professional baseball going 5-for-10 with four runs, two doubles, two home runs - a grand slam - and seven RBI during his first two career games in professional baseball. Kirsch finished last week going 0-for-2 with a walk on July 5. Kirsch played one year at Tech, 2014, and signed a free agent contract in 2014 with the New York Yankees.
Hunter Redman (C - Los Angeles Dodgers - Rookie League - Ogden Raptors)
Redman collected a pinch-hit base hit and also hit his first professional home run this past week. He is batting .192 (5-for-26) with two runs, a double and home run with two RBI this season. Redman played one year at Tech, 2014, and was drafted in 2014 in the eighth round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.