Big 12 MLB Baseball Alumni – 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
Big 12 Conference Big 12 Alumni and 2017 Major Leagues – Postseason Report – Oct. 9, 2017
By Bo Carter, www.Baseballpedia.com, NCBWA, bcarter@footballfoundation.com
In memoriam: Longtime Sulphur Springs and Commerce resident and baseball historian Chuck Pickard, who provided frequent updates on Big 12 and Southwest Conference alumni in the Major Leagues from 1993-2008.
DALLAS – While retirements, cuts and various ailments brought the total numbers of Big 12 Conference alumni in the Major League Baseball ranks down a bit in 2017, several standouts played major roles in their teams’ drives toward postseason play.
In fact, Oklahoma’s Jon Gray drew the starting assignment for the Colorado Rockies in their wild card National League encounter with the Arizona Diamondbacks but got a no-decision in a high-scoring 11-8 setback by the Rockies who made the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
Cleveland’s Josh Tomlin of Texas Tech again played a major role in the Indians’ record-setting, 22-game winning streak and blitz to 100-plus wins with his 10-9 record and ratio of almost 12:1 for strikeouts to walks and 23 pitching wins since April 2016. Boston’s Brandon Workman of Texas also had several key outings in situational assignments and returned from an injury in 2016 to post a 1-1 mark all in relief with a 3.18 earned run average.
The Big 12 continued its reputation for turning out sterling hurlers as TCU’s Jake Arrieta (14-10) of the Chicago Cubs came off his 2016 World Series-winning performance with yet another postseason run in ’17. Chase Anderson (12-4) of OU joined Andrew Cashner (11-11) of TCU, Gray (10-4), and Tomlin in double-digits for mound wins as Big 12 standouts finished a composite 16 games above .500 at 82-66.
And a pair of pitchers with Big 12 pedigrees were aces in three different bullpens in ’17. A.J. Ramos began the year in his third year as the key closer for the Miami Marlins and ended the year in the same role with the New York Mets with 27 saves. Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Brewers converted Texas-Ex Corey Knebel into their fulltime closer to the tune of a career-best and Big 12-most 39 saves in 2017.
Not to be denied and swinging big bats in a year when there were a record 6,000-plus home runs and 40,000-plus strikeouts, three hitters from the Big 12 smashed 18 homers or more. Texas’ Brandon Belt had 18, TCU’s Matt Carpenter had 23 to lead all alumni, and West Virginia’s Jedd Gyorko belted 20 dingers. The latter two players both starred for the St. Louis Cardinals and kept the Big 12 composite season home run tally (102, same total as 2016 with one less player in the majors) above 100 for the 14th time in 16 seasons.
Several traditional MLB standouts such as Huston Street of Texas, David Carpenter of West Virginia, Max Muncy of Baylor, veteran lefty J.P. Howell of Texas, and Brandon Finnegan of TCU, among others, are hoping to recover from various injuries and return to all-star form in 2018.
DOWN ON THE FARM/2017 NOTES – Former Texas Longhorns ace James Russell is trying to make a comeback after pitching with Yucatan in the Mexican League. He was released by the Indians just before spring training ended…Several Big 12 alumni, particularly pitchers, are hoping to make the 2018 preseason rosters after solid showings at the AA and AAA levels as others recuperate from 2017 injuries in offseason rehab.
2017 Big 12 Members’ Players on Major League Rosters – Includes DL
(29 Opening Day, Season Total 31)
Arizona Diamondbacks – David Carpenter (AAA), West Virginia
Atlanta Braves – Sam Freeman, Kansas
Baltimore Orioles – Logan Verrett, Baylor
Boston Red Sox – Brandon Workman, Texas
Chicago Cubs – Jake Arrieta, TCU
Chicago White Sox – None
Cincinnati Reds – Brandon Finnegan, TCU; Andrew McKirahan (AAA), Texas; A.J. Morris (AAA), Kansas State
Cleveland Indians – Josh Tomlin, Texas Tech
Colorado Rockies – Chad Bettis, Texas Tech; Jon Gray, Oklahoma
Detroit Tigers – Bryan Holaday, TCU
Houston Astros – None
Kansas City Royals – Nate Karns, Texas Tech
Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim – Andrew Heaney, Oklahoma State; Garrett Richards, Oklahoma; Huston Street, Texas
Los Angeles Dodgers – Corey Brown (AAA), Oklahoma State; Sam LeCure (AAA – DL), Texas
Miami Marlins – None
Milwaukee Brewers – Chase Anderson, Oklahoma; Corey Knebel, Texas; Taylor Jungmann, Texas; Carlos Torres, Kansas State
Minnesota Twins – None
New York Mets – Tom Gorzelanny (AAA), Kansas; A.J. Ramos (traded from Miami), Texas Tech
New York Yankees – None
Oakland A’s – Daniel Coulombe, Texas Tech; Colt Hynes (AAA), Texas Tech (AAA); Max Muncy (AAA), Baylor
Philadelphia Phillies – Cameron Rupp, Texas
Pittsburgh Pirates – Jordy Mercer, Oklahoma State
St. Louis Cardinals – Matt Carpenter, TCU; Jedd Gyorko, West Virginia; Tyler Lyons, Oklahoma State
San Diego Padres – None
San Francisco Giants – Brandon Belt, Texas; Drew Stubbs, Texas
Seattle Mariners – Evan Marshall, Kansas State
Tampa Bay Rays – Taylor Featherston, TCU; Shawn Tolleson (traded from Texas, AAA and rehab), Baylor
Texas Rangers – Andrew Cashner, TCU
Toronto Blue Jays – J.P. Howell, Texas
Washington Nationals – None
Big 12 Conference 2017 Major League Batting (Final)
Player Team Avg. AB R H HR RBI SB
Brandon Belt Giants .241 382 63 92 18 51 3
(Texas)
Corey Brown Dodgers Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma State)
Matt Carpenter Cardinals .241 497 91 120 23 69 1
(TCU)
Taylor Featherston Rays .170 39 6 7 2 6 1
(TCU)
Jedd Gyorko Cardinals .272 426 52 116 20 67 6
(West Virginia)
Bryan Holaday Tigers .231 117 17 27 2 14 0
(TCU)
Jordy Mercer Pirates .255 502 52 128 14 58 0
(Oklahoma State)
Max Muncy Athletics Reassigned to AAA
(Baylor)
Cameron Rupp Phillies .217 295 35 64 14 34 0
(Texas)
Drew Stubbs Giants .091 22 0 2 9 0 0
(Texas)
2017 Totals (30 players) .223 2,498 316 556 102 289 11
2016 Totals (37 players) ,251 2,689 363 674 102 353 13
2015 Totals (41 players) .255 2,907 348 695 92 357 25
2014 Totals (50 players) .237 3,555 417 841 91 403 44
2013 Totals (53 players) .253 4,873 621 1,227 148 526 43
2012 Totals (46 players) .249 5,574 727 1,389 173 691 130
2011 Totals (50 players) .243 5,731 749 1,398 166 620 159
2010 Totals (51 players) .212 5,961 697 1,265 166 608 87
2009 Totals (65 players) .253 5,263 729 1,329 204 713 104
2008 Totals (52 players) .260 5,170 788 1,342 182 693 84
2007 Totals (51 players) .231 6,841 877 1,583 178 786 126
2006 Totals (47 players) .268 3,614 512 969 125 473 51
2005 Totals (37 players) .248 3,082 445 765 108 398 33
2004 Totals (39 players) .261 3,622 481 945 151 522 43
2003 Totals (35 players) .247 3,492 418 862 118 423 46
2002 Totals (39 players) .245 3,549 463 870 121 443 85
2001 Totals (43 players) .258 3,781 518 974 93 421 121
2000 Totals (36 players) .279 2,917 427 814 71 353 77
1999 Totals (27 players) .264 2,915 420 772 70 233 64
1998 Totals (29 players) .267 2,090 298 557 53 247 58
1997 Totals (33 players) .272 1,719 273 468 38 200 92
Big 12 Conference 2017 Major League Pitching (Final)
Pitcher Team W-L ERA SV IP H BB SO
Chase Anderson Brewers 12-4 2.74 0 141.1 113 41 133
(Oklahoma)
Jake Arrieta Cubs 14-10 3.53 0 168.1 150 55 163
(TCU)
Chad Bettis Rockies 2-4 5.05 0 46.1 52 11 30
(Texas Tech)
David Carpenter Rays Reassigned to AAA
(West Virginia)
Andrew Cashner Rangers 11-11 3.40 0 166.2 156 64 86
(TCU)
Daniel Coulombe A’s 2-2 3.48 0 51.2 46 22 39
(Texas Tech)
Brandon Finnegan Reds 1-1 4.15 0 13 9 13 16
(TCU)
Sam Freeman Braves 2-0 2.55 3 60 48 27 59
(Kansas)
Tom Gorzelanny Mets Reassigned to AAA
(Kansas)
Jon Gray Rockies 10-4 3.67 0 110.1 113 30 112
(Oklahoma)
Andrew Heaney Angels 1-2 7.06 0 21.2 27 9 27
(Oklahoma State)
J.P. Howell Blue Jays 1-1 7.36 0 11 13 7 6
(Texas)
Colt Hynes A’s Reassigned to AAA
(Texas Tech)
Taylor Jungmann Brewers 0-0 13.50 0 0.2 2 1 1
(Texas)
Nate Karns Royals 2-2 4.17 1 45.1 41 13 51
(Texas Tech)
Corey Knebel Brewers 1-4 1.78 39 76 48 40 126
(Texas)
Sam LeCure Dodgers Reassigned to AAA – disabled list
(Texas)
Tyler Lyons Cardinals 4-1 2.83 3 54 39 20 68
(Oklahoma State)
Evan Marshall D’Backs 0-0 9.39 0 7.2 12 5 4
(Kansas State)
Andrew McKirahan Reds Reassigned to AAA
(Texas)
A.J. Morris Reds Reassigned to AAA
(Kansas State)
A.J. Ramos Marlins/Mets 2-4 3.99 27 58.2 49 34 72
(Texas Tech)
Garrett Richards Angels 0-2 2.28 0 27.2 18 7 27
(Oklahoma)
Huston Street Angels 0-0 0.00 4 4 2 1 3
(Texas)
Shawn Tolleson Rays Reassigned to AAA – rehab assignment
(Baylor)
Josh Tomlin Indians 10-9 4.98 0 141 166 14 109
(Texas Tech)
Carlos Torres Brewers 4-4 4.21 1 72.2 78 33 56
(Kansas State)
Logan Verrett Orioles 2-0 4.22 0 10.2 11 3 9
(Baylor)
Brandon Workman Red Sox 1-1 3.18 0 39.2 37 11 37
(Texas)
2017 Totals 82-66 3.49 78 1,360 1,230 461 1,481
2016 Totals 106-104 5.20 65 1,840.1 1,843 629 1,519
2015 Totals 121-101 4.22 114 2,122 1,951 712 1,911
2014 Totals 91-83 3.52 49 1,759.2 1,491 523 1,519
2013 Totals 61-72 4.72 36 1,279.2 1,259 467 1,092
2012 Totals 76-66 4.33 29 1,409 1,404 490 1,255
2011 Totals 94-93 4.56 30 1,775.1 1,755 534 1,396
2010 Totals 92-98 5.04 25 1,671.2 1,731 564 1,307
2009 Totals 99-102 4.90 59 1,783 1,807 708 1,359
2008 Totals 77-78 4.45 26 1,438.1 1,396 578 1,116
2007 Totals 89-104 4.60 19 1,587.1 1,944 563 1,072
2006 Totals 75-95 4.57 38 1,484.1 1,689 621 1,105
2005 Totals 71-99 5.18 23 1,442 1,538 604 1,053
2004 Totals 88-86 4.48 11 1,642 1,697 816 1,289
2003 Totals 91-70 4.26 33 1,332.1 1,190 542 958
2002 Totals 97-96 4.18 6 1,774.2 1,762 612 1,216
2001 Totals 72-71 4.15 7 1,367.2 1,489 498 1,052
2000 Totals 80-81 4.24 15 1,442.1 1,487 586 1,103
1999 Totals 99-64 4.54 30 1,241.1 1,186 478 976
1998 Totals 70-48 3.11 5 1,132.1 1,085 386 905
1997 Totals 60-79 5.59 14 1,316.1 1,405 488 1,019
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