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2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft
June 4-6, 2012
Monday, June 4 - 6 p.m. CT
- Round 1 & Supplemental 1st Round
Tuesday, June 5 - 11 a.m. CT
- Rounds 2-15
Wednesday, June 6 - 11 a.m. CT
- Rounds 16-40
TEXAS TECH HAS PRODUCED 123 MLB DRAFT/FREE AGENT SELECTIONS
The Texas Tech baseball program began in 1926 and played baseball until 1929 before starting back up in 1954 where it has since played baseball in 58 consecutive seasons. Since 1962, there have been 123 Major League Baseball Draft or free agent selections. There have been 105 draft picks and 18 free agent selections. There have been 42 draft picks/free agents over the last eight seasons, an average of at least five players drafted per season.
BREAKDOWN OF RED RAIDER DRAFT PICKS
Texas Tech has had 105 draft picks since 1969. Overall, there has been at least one Red Raider drafted in 34 MLB Drafts, with 23 drafts containing at least two Texas Tech players. The 2011 MLB Draft saw four Red Raiders drafted and one sign as a free agent, which matches the programs most since having seven draft picks in 2006. It is the second straight year Tech has had five drafted/signed. Six times in the last eight years there have been at least five Texas Tech players drafted/sign as free agents.
Draft Rounds: Players Selected
1st-10th Round: 30
11th-20th Round: 28
CONSISTENCY IN THE DRAFT
There has been at least one Tech player drafted/signed free agent contract in 24 consecutive drafts (1988-2011) and in 29 of the last 30 drafts dating back to 1982. The only draft during the past 30 years where a Tech player was not selected/signed free agent was in 1987. In fact, during the past 24 years there have been multiple Red Raiders drafted/signed free agent deals.
TECH IN ELITE COMPANY AMONG BIG 12 PROGRAMS
Since the first Big 12 baseball season in 1997, Texas Tech is one of only three programs in the conference to have at least one player drafted in the top 14 rounds of the draft every season. The Red Raiders join Oklahoma State and Texas A&M as the only programs that have had a top-14 round pick every year since 1997.
REID REDMAN LOOKS TO BECOME FIFTH RED RAIDER SELECTED IN BACK-TO-BACK MLB DRAFTS
Senior third baseman Reid Redman returned to the Tech program after being drafted in the 37th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. If Redman is selected this year he will become the fifth player in Texas Tech history to be drafted in back-to-back drafts. In addition, one Red Raider, Brandon Roberson, was taken in two drafts during his Tech career (1999, 2001), but the selections weren¡¯t in back-to-back years.
Texas Tech Players Selected in Consecutive Drafts
2006-2007 - Aaron Odom, LHP (2006, 25th Rd - Oakland... 2007, 40th Rd - Baltimore)
2004-2005 - Cameron Blair, SS (2004, 18th Rd - St. Louis... 2005, 6th Rd - Pittsburgh)
1995-1996 - Clint Bryant, 3B (1995, 21st Rd - Detroit... 1996, 7th Rd - Colorado)
1979-1980 - Brooks Wallace, SS (1979, 10th Rd - NY Mets... 1980, 21st Rd - Texas)
HIGHEST DRAFTED RED RAIDER - DONALD HARRIS (1ST ROUND, 5TH OVERALL - 1989)
Former Red Raider and Texas Rangers outfielder Donald Harris is the highest drafted Texas Tech player as Harris was selected fifth overall in the 1989 MLB Draft by Texas. Harris is the only first-rounder in Texas Tech history while 18 Red Raiders have gone in the top five rounds. Seven Tech players have been selected in the top 100 overall picks, including 2010 second-round draft pick Chad Bettis (Colorado Rockies - 2nd round, No. 76 overall).
Texas Tech Top 100 Overall Selections
1989 - Donald Harris, OF (Texas Rangers, 1st Round - No. 5 overall)
1996 - Matt Miller, LHP (Detroit Tigers, 2nd Round - No. 41 overall)
1994 - Ryan Nye, RHP (Philadelphia Phillies, 2nd Round - No. 57 overall)
2010 - Chad Bettis, RHP (Colorado Rockies, 2nd Round - No. 76 overall)
2008 - Roger Kieschnick, OF (San Francisco Giants, 3rd Round - No. 82 overall)
2008 - Zach Stewart, RHP (Cincinnati Reds, 3rd Round - No. 84 overall)
1999 - Josh Bard, C (Colorado Rockies, 3rd Round - No. 100 overall)
RED RAIDERS DRAFTED/SIGNED BY 28 MLB ORGANIZATIONS
In the history of Texas Tech baseball, there has been at least one Red Raider drafted or signed by 28 of 30 Major League Baseball organizations. Only the Minnesota Twins and the newly-founded Arizona Diamondbacks (1998) have not selected or signed a Texas Tech player. Overall, 64 players have gone to National League teams with 59 players drafted/signed by American League clubs. The National League Central (28) is the division that has drafted/signed the most Red Raiders while the hometown Texas Rangers (9) and Kansas City Royals (9) are the organization that have taken the most Tech players. Although neither organization has drafted a Red Raider since 2007 (SS Kyle Martin, 29th round - Kansas City) and the Rangers have drafted only one Tech player (OF Michael Mask, 32nd round - 2004) during the last 19 years. Both clubs have signed Red Raiders to free agent contracts since 2001. The Houston Astros have taken eight Tech players while the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres have drafted/signed seven Texas Tech players. The only organization that has drafted a Tech player that doesn¡¯t currently exist is the Houston Colt .45¡¯s, as they signed the first-ever Red Raider when Chuck Harrison signed with the soon-to-be Houston Astros in 1962. The Colt .45¡¯s were established in 1962 and then became the Astros three years later.
Kansas City 9
San Diego 7
Chicago White Sox 5
San Francisco 5
Chicago Cubs 4
New York Mets 4
Tampa Bay 4
New York Yankees 3
St. Louis 3
Los Angeles Angels 2
Los Angeles Dodgers 2
TEXAS TECH PLAYERS DRAFTED/SIGNED BY POSITION
A total of 42 percent of the Red Raiders drafted have been pitchers with 37 right-handed pitchers drafted/signed and 15 left-handers going to an MLB organization. Tech has seen 14 of its catchers drafted/signed while 35 infielders and 22 outfielders have also been taken in the draft. Dating back to the first three players taken in the 2006 draft, 17 of Tech¡¯s last 27 draft picks/free agent signings have been pitchers (7 LHP).
Red Raiders Drafted/Signed by Position
Pitchers - 52
RHP - 37
LHP - 15
Catchers - 14
Infielders - 35
Outfielders - 22
MOST TEXAS TECH PLAYERS DRAFTED/SIGNED
9 - 1998
8 - 1996
7 - 2006, 2004, 1995
6 - 1999, 1994
5 - 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2001
4 - 2009, 2005, 1993, 1989
3 - 2002, 2000, 1997
2 - 2003, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1988
1 - 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1980, 1979, 1977, 1973, 1972, 1971, 1969, 1962
TOP DRAFTED RED RAIDER BY POSITION
Pitcher - Matt Miller (1996, 2nd Round, No. 41 overall - Detroit Tigers)
RHP - Ryan Nye (1994, 2nd Round, No. 57 overall - Philadelphia Phillies)
LHP - Matt Miller (1996, 2nd Round, No. 41 overall - Detroit Tigers)
C - Josh Bard (1999, 3rd Round, No. 100 overall - Colorado Rockies)
INF - Christian Colonel (2003, 5th Round, No. 137 overall - Colorado Rockies)
OF - Donald Harris (1989, 1st Round, No. 5 overall - Texas Rangers)
CONSECUTIVE YEARS WITH A DRAFT PICK IN THE TOP 26 ROUNDS
21 - 1991-2011 (26 top-10 round picks during this time frame).
CONSECUTIVE YEARS WITH A DRAFT PICK/FREE AGENT SIGNING
24 - 1988-2011 (all 24 years with at least two draft picks/free agent selections).
TEXAS TECH WITH 22 FORMER PLAYERS IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Texas Tech has 22 former players that have made their Major League debuts, starting with first baseman Chuck Harrison in 1965 with the Houston Astros to right-handed pitcher Zach Stewart who made his big league debut with the Toronto Blue Jays on June 16, 2011. Fifteen of Tech¡¯s big leaguers have made their debuts since 2000, including five Red Raiders who played for Tech during the past decade (Jeff Karstens - 2003, Dallas Braden - 2004, Dustin Richardson - 2006, Josh Tomlin - 2006, Zach Stewart - 2008).
DALLAS BRADEN THROWS 19TH PERFECT GAME IN MLB HISTORY IN 2010
Perhaps Texas Tech¡¯s most well-known baseball alum, Dallas Braden, tossed the 19th perfect game in Major League Baseball history on May 9, 2010, against the Tampa Bay Rays. It marked only the eighth perfect game thrown by a pitcher who played collegiate baseball and he became the first-ever Big 12 pitcher to enter the MLB record books with a perfect game. Since, Rice¡¯s Philip Humber also tossed a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners on April 21, 2012.
Collegiate Pitchers Tossing a Perfect Game in Major League Baseball History
1908 - Addie Joss (Wisconsin)
1922 - Charlie Robertson (Austin College)
1964 - Jim Bunning (Xavier)
1965 - Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati)
1988 - Tom Browning (Tennessee Wesleyan College)
2004 - Randy Johnson (Southern California)
2009 - Mark Buehrle (Jefferson College)
2010 - Dallas Braden (Texas Tech)
2012 - Philip Humber (Rice)