Roger Kieschnick Called Up to SF Giants|
Kieschnick was a third-round pick by the Giants out of Tech in 2008
July 30, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - The wait is over for former Texas Tech outfielder Roger Kieschnick (2006-08) who has been called up to the big leagues by the San Francisco Giants. Kieschnick was promoted from Triple-A Fresno, where earlier this month he was named a Pacific Coast League All-Star.
Kieschnick, 26, will join the club and be activated Tuesday in Philadelphia for the start of a three-game series against the Phillies. The series opener is Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. CT.
Originally drafted by the Giants in the third round of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft following his junior season at Tech, Kieschnick has spent five seasons in the San Francisco farm system prior to getting the call up to the big leagues.
Kieschnick will become the third Red Raider this year - and 26th all-time - to make their MLB debut. He will be the seventh Red Raider to make it to the big leaguers over the last four years and will become the 19th Texas Tech player to debut since 2000.
Kieschnick, originally from Rockwall, Texas, was a three-time All-Big 12 selection, a 2006 first team Freshman All-American and Big 12 Freshman of the Year, two-time Academic All-Big 12 pick, two-time ABCA All-Region selection while playing two summers with the USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate).
He played in 168 games (168 starts) in three seasons as a Red Raider with a .322 (222-for-689) career batting average with 151 runs, 54 doubles, 10 triples, 39 home runs, 156 RBI and 23-of-33 stolen bases.
His final season in 2008 as a Red Raider he batted .305 with 15 doubles, 17 home runs, 65 RBI and tallied eight stolen bases. He remains one of only two players in school history (Wes Shook, 1991-92) to lead the team in triples and home runs in back-to-back seasons.
A five-time minor league all-star, Kieschnick was among PCL leaders this season batting .273 (102-for-374) with 50 runs, 27 doubles, nine triples, 13 home runs and 56 RBI in 101 games played. Just this past week Kieschnick batted .375 (9-for-24) with four runs, four doubles, two home runs and three RBI in six games.
In 476 career minor league games, Kieschnick has batted .275 (497-for-1,807) with 277 runs, 108 doubles, 29 triples, 71 home runs, 298 RBI and 28 stolen bases.
Kieschnick is the second Red Raider from the 2008 MLB Draft class to make it to the big leagues as teammate Zach Stewart made his debut with the Blue Jays in 2012. Kieschnick is now the fifth player off the 2006 Texas Tech team to make it to the big leagues, joining Dustin Richardson, Josh Tomlin, AJ Ramos and Colt Hynes.
- Kieschnick is just the second Red Raider outfielder to make it to the big leagues, and is the first since 1991 when Donald Harris was called up by the Rangers. Harris is the highest drafted Red Raider of all-time going fifth overall in the first round in 1989.
- Kieschnick is the first Red Raider to make his MLB debut with the Giants since catcher Trey Lunsford on Sept. 12, 2002 against the Padres... Lunsford was first drafted out of Grayson County College in 1998 while playing for current head coach of the Red Raiders Tim Tadlock... Lunsford's first career at-bat was a single to left field against Trevor Hoffman.
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