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Red Raiders in the Pros

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As we close the book on Texas Tech Baseball’s 2019 campaign we find there are still exciting things happening for former Red Raider players in the professional ranks. I’ve outlined what I know about where things sit for them currently. If you have any further information or insight please feel free to share in the comments. This is a list that is ALWAYS changing.

I learned a lot in researching for this post and have included some Red Raiders that are currently playing in MLB, I included them first and then included players from A-AAA split by fielders and pitchers below.

Player Years at TTU  Current MLB Team MiLB Assignment Previous MLB Teams News
Josh Tomlin
P
2006 2019
2010-2012
2013-2014
2015-2018
Tomlin was the longest-tenured member of the Indians organization when they advanced to the World Series in 2016. He was the first Red Raider to advance to a League Championship Series and to the World Series. Tomlin posted MLB’s best walks per nine numbers in 2016 at 1.035 and was second in MLB in strikeout-to-walk ratio with a 5.9 that season as well. Tomlin was a 12th round pick by the Indians in the 2006 MLB Draft.
Chad Bettis
P
2008-2010 2013-Present

Bettis has a career ERA of 4.98 in the MLB and has seen significant action as a reliever, but has also spent entire seasons in the Rockies’ starting rotation. In 2016, Bettis was diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent surgery to remove a testicle. It was found in 2017 that cancer had spread and Bettis was administered chemotherapy. He returned to the MLB on August 14, 2017 tossing 7 scoreless innings with 2K. Bettis was drafted in the 8th round by the Houston Astros in 2007 but did not sign and opted to play at Texas Tech. He finished fourth in the Big 12 in strikeouts (102) and saves (10) in 2010. He was selected by the Rockies in the 2nd round of the 2010 MLB Draft.
Nate Karns
P
(Injured)
2008-2009 2019
2013
2014-2015
2016
2017
Karns made his MLB debut in 2013 with the Washington Nationals, appearing in three games. He has been a consistent contributor on MLB rosters since then but is currently listed on the 60-day injured list. He has an ERA of 0.00 this season in 5.1IP, his lifetime ERA in MLB is 4.30 with a 326:127 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Karns was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 10th round in 2006 but did not sign coming out of high school. He was originally committed to play baseball at the University of Texas but instead opted to play at North Carolina State and then transferred to Texas Tech to play for Larry Hays. He was selected in the 12th round by the Washington Nationals and was named their 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year after leading that organization with a 2.17 ERA and 148 strikeouts.
Danny Coulombe
P
2011-2012 2019

Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
2014-2015

2016-2018

 

Coulombe has spent significant portions of his career in the MLB with the Dodgers and the Oakland A’s, including 27 appearances in 2018. Through 153 appearances in MLB games, he has a 4.27 ERA in 143.1IP. Coulombe was a 25th round pick by the Dodgers in the 2012 MLB Draft.
Kelby Tomlinson
SS
2011 2019

Tacoma Rainiers
2015-2018
All of Tomlinson’s MLB experience so far has come with the San Francisco Giants, where he made his debut in 2015. He was a 12th round draft pick in 2011 by the Giants Tomlinson has a lifetime MLB BA of .265 through 618 ABs. Tomlinson was released by the Reno Aces in mid-May and recently signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Mariners.
AJ Ramos
P
2006-2009 Free Agent 2012-2017
2017-2018
A Lubbock native and Estacado High School graduate, Ramos was drafted in the 21st round by the Marlins in the 2009 MLB Draft. Ramos missed significant time at Texas Tech rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He made his MLB debut in 2012 and in 2014 posted a 7-0 record and an ERA of 2.11. He became the Marlins’ closer in 2015 and set a franchise record converting his first 24 save opportunities. He was also an All-Star in 2016. Ramos was traded to the Mets in 2017 and in October 2018 opted for free agency. He has 99 saves in 119 opportunities in his MLB career across 366.0 IP.

 

Player Years at TTU  Current Team MiLB MLB Affiliate News
FIELDERS
Zach Rheams
RF
2017-2018 A
Short Season
Rheams was listed as a player to watch for Brooklyn this season as a big power threat. He’s hit 10 HR and 10 2B in his minor league career so far.
 Tanner Gardner
LF
2015-2017 A
Short Season
Gardner has 30 extra base hits to his name in his MiLB career, including 8 HR. He boasts an OPS of .825 as well.
Grant Little
CF 
2017-2018  Fort Wayne TinCaps A Little is featured on the TinCaps Twitter account almost weekly for the incredible diving catches he became known for at Texas Tech. He is batting .263 this season with 20 R, 24 BB, and 6 SB on the season so far.
 Cody Farhat
CF
2016-2018 A Farhat was recently promoted from Short Season A ball after breaking his wrist during Spring Training. He’s hitting .320 and slugging .600 so far in 2019.
Orlando Garcia
2B
2015-2017 A Garcia is currently listed on the injured list for the GreenJackets. His MiLB career has seen him hit 15 HR with a .243 batting average and 13 stolen bases.
Hunter Hargrove
1B
2015-2017 A
Advanced
Hargrove hit .290 last season with the Beloit Snappers hitting 9 HRs and 68 RBI, he was promoted to Advanced A ball for the 2019 season. In May of 2018 Hargrove belted 3 HRs and drove in 7 runs for the Beloit Snappers’ first three-homer game in 19 years. He also hit safely in 15 straight games, the second longest hitting streak by an A’s farmhand that season. By mid-May he was batting an organizational best .313 hitting .393 with 8 2B and 6 RBI during the hitting streak.
Zach Davis
OF
2013-2016 A
Advanced
Davis was recently profiled in an article HERE outlining his being cut from Texas Tech’s fall roster and returning two weeks later. He’s hitting246 in 2019 with a 25:6 stolen base to caught stealing ratio.
Michael Davis
SS
2015-2018 AA Davis was recently promoted to AA ball, the first of his Red Raider teammates from the 2018 draft class. He moved up almost immediately from Rookie ball after only three games where he hit .429 with 1 HR and 4 RBI in 14 ABs. Davis, a Lubbock native and Lubbock High School graduate, was drafted in the 24th round by the Minnesota Twins.
Barrett Barnes
OF
2010-2012 AA Barnes was taken in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He made it as high as AAA in 2017 as a member of the Indianapolis Indians in the International League. In 2019 he is hitting .255 with 35 RBI and 24 R.
Tyler Neslony
RF
2013-2016 AA Neslony has been making waves since May and has hit .323 over his last 10 games. He hit a three-run HR on May 29 to beat the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and has been coming up with big walks and hits throughout June.
PITCHERS
 Steven Gingery
P
(Injured)
2016-2018 Gulf Coast League Cardinals Rookie Gingery underwent Tommy John surgery in 2018 after his season ended in his first start of the season. Many attribute Gingery’s injury to being overthrown by Team USA over the summer of 2017 after a National Pitcher of the Year season. He has yet to pitch in pro-baseball.
Jose Quezada
P
2017-2018 Fort Wayne TinCaps

A Quezada is 5-1 in 2019 with the TinCaps with an impressive 1.50 ERA. He’s allowing only a BA of .215 with 46 Ks.
Ty Damron
P
2014-2015 Beloit Snappers
A Damron is trending towards his best season in professional baseball since being drafted in 2016. Through 13.0IP he has an ERA of 2.08 and is only allowing a BA of .143.
Davis Martin
P
2016-2018 A Martin is tossing a 5.46 ERA in his first season of Class A ball. He’s got 75 IP under his belt in 2019, more than his combined work in 2018.
Ryan Shetter
P
2016-2018 A Shetter has an MiLB career record of 3-4 with a 3.95 ERA in limited action.
Matt Withrow
P
2013-2015 Florida Fire Frogs
A
Advanced
Withrow missed the 2018 season due to injury after ascending to the AA Mississippi Braves in 2017. In 24.1 IP in 2019 he has an ERA of 4.44 and is allowing a BA of .222 to opposing hitters.
Hayden Howard
P
2016 A
Advanced
Howard is in his second season with the Potomac Nationals. He boasts a 3.32 ERA and a 4-2 record in 96.0 IP.
Parker Mushinski
P
(Injured)
2015-2017 A
Advanced
Mushinski has moved up in each of his seasons in the MiLB. Over his career he boasts an ERA of 2.65 in 149.2 IP. He’s allowing a BA of .201 and has a record of 7-3 in 47 games with 20 starts.
Jacob Patterson
P
2015-2017 AA Patterson is one of only two Red Raiders currently playing in the Texas League and playing through both Midland and Amarillo. Patterson was promoted to start the season in AA ball and has a 4-4 record since his debut.
Ryan Moseley
P
2014-2016 AA Moseley is one of two Red Raiders currently playing in the Texas League and playing through both Midland and Amarillo. In 17 relief appearances in Advanced A ball earlier in 2019 he posted an impressive 0.69 ERA.
Corey Taylor
P
2013-2015 AAA Taylor was promoted to AAA in 2018 to the Las Vegas 51s where he played 16 games. Through 10 games in 2019 he boasts a 2.37 ERA in 19.0IP.
 Matt Custred
P
2013-2015 AAA Custred played for three teams in 2018, finishing in AA ball with the Mobile BayBears. He was promoted back to AAA for the 2019 season where he has made five appearances.
Robert Dugger
P
2016 AAA Dugger was promoted to AAA just a few days ago and impressed in his first start posting 5.1IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 6K. Dugger saw a two-game stint in AAA in 2016 after Rookie Ball but has worked his way back to this point since that time. The Marlins currently list him as #22 of their Top 30 Prospects.

 

When opportunities in the MiLB system run out, some players opt to continue pursuing their baseball career in independent baseball leagues. These teams are not part of the MiLB/MLB system and therefore stats can be more difficult to track. Below are those Red Raiders still playing with stats in the 2019 season.

Player Years at TTU  Current Team News
INDEPENDENT BASEBALL
Ryan Long
IF
2014-2016 The former Red Raider right fielder is hitting .287 in 2019 with 7HR and 33RBI.
Dustin Richardson
P
2005-2006 Richardson was a contestant on the sole episode of ESPN’s Knight School, a reality show in which students attempted to earn a spot as a walk-on for Texas Tech’s basketball team then coached by Hall of Fame Coach Bob Knight. Richardson has stints in the MLB with the Red Sox in 2009 and 2010 of a combined 29 games. He currently plays for the York Revolution and in 2018 posted a 2.87 ERA in 15.2 IP over 13 appearances.
Zach Stewart
P
2008 Stewart was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 3rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft. He made his MLB debut for the Toronto Blue Jays on June 16, 2011 against the Baltimore Orioles going 7.0IP, 7H, 2ER, 1BB, 4K. He was traded to the White Sox and again called up earning his first MLB victory on August 6, 2011 over the Twins. Stewart continued to appear in MLB games through 2012 including for the Red Sox.
Duke von Schamann
P
2009-2012 Von Schamann spent his first year as a Red Raider overcoming Tommy John surgery but was the undisputed ace for the Red Raiders when he was drafted in 2012. He went 6-4 that season in 12 starts with a 2.08 ERA in 86.2 IP. He tossed three complete games that season. Von Schamann was drafted in the 15th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Dodgers. He found his way to AAA in 2014.

 

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