Big 12 Baseball Alumni and Major Leagues – 2018 and ’19

by BoCarter | Posted on Thursday, April 4th, 2019

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Big 12 Conference Big 12 Alumni and 2018 Major Leagues Postseason 2018 Report/Preseason 2019                                                                                                April 4, 2019

By Bo Carter                                                                                                                                                        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 – With two players having career home run years, Big 12 Conference alumni in Major League Baseball in 2018 enjoyed another banner campaign.

Though just six position players with Big 12 roots performed in ’18, the composite home run total was 103 – the highest since the 2013 campaign when 21 different position players and designated hitters from this circuit competed in the majors.

Chief reasons behind the home run barrage were standouts Matt Carpenter (36 homers) of TCU and the St. Louis Cardinals and Max Muncy (35 dingers) of Baylor and the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Muncy also received kudos as Comeback Player of the Year by some agencies after he played the entire 2017 in the Oakland A’s Class AAA minor league ranks.

But the two hitting standouts received additional backing from West Virginia’s Jedd Gyorko (11 homers) and Texas-Ex Brandon Belt (14 round-trippers). The six players who saw action in at least one game also combined for 308 runs-batted-in.

Lest the pitchers be forgotten in this bunch of power hitting, Big 12 alumni Jon Gray (10-9 record) of Oklahoma, Chase Anderson (9-8) of OU, Jake Arrietta (10-11) of TCU, and Andrew Heaney (9-10) of Oklahoma State combined for 38 of Big 12 alumni hurler’s 75 total victories. These numbers declined just a bit from previous seasons (121 total in 2015, 106 in ’16, 91 in 2014, and 83 in ’17) due to numerous arm injuries and long times spent in the minors by several moundmen.

On a more positive note, Texas’ Brandon Workman was a solid setup man with the world champ Boston Red Sox with a 6-1 record and 37 strikeouts in 41-plus innings while earning his first World Series ring.

Reliable Huston Street (324 career saves over 13 seasons, 2005 American League Rookie of the Year, MVP in the 2002 NCAA World Series) of Texas was unable to pitch in ’18 while former TCU sensation Brandon Finnegan was 0-3 with the Cincinnati Reds in limited activity. Texas Tech’s Josh Tomlin, a 10-plus-games winner for a number of seasons, strolled to a 2-5 mark in Cleveland while being limited to 70-plus innings.

The Big 12 also dropped a bit in total numbers with 31 total players (six hitters, 25 pitchers) and just two promotions from the minors after opening day of 2018. That was the smallest number of Big 12 alumni in the bigs since the 1999 campaign (third year of Big 12 diamond activity) when 27 players eventually performed on the Major League level.

DOWN ON THE FARM – 2018 and ‘19 NOTES – Longtime Philadelphia Phillies catcher Chris Rupp of Texas went through spring training with the Detroit Tigers and was one of the last cuts for the Motor City nine. He hopes to be a callup as the season progresses…Pitcher Nate Karns of Texas Tech already has appeared in two contests for the 2019 Baltimore Orioles after spending 2018 on the disabled/injured list…Kansas’ San Freeman is slated to begin his 11th year in pro baseball in Class AAA with the Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim after being picked up from the Atlanta Braves. Freeman has been part of postseason squads with the Cardinals, Rangers and Braves from 2012-18.

 

2018 Big 12 Members’ Players on Major League Rosters – Includes DL

(29 Opening Day, Season Total 31)

Arizona Diamondbacks – None

Atlanta Braves – Sam Freeman, Kansas

Baltimore Orioles – Andrew Cashner, TCU; John Means, West Virginia; Logan Verrett (disabled list), Baylor

Boston Red Sox – Brandon Workman, Texas

Chicago Cubs – None

Chicago White Sox – None

Cincinnati Reds – Brandon Finnegan, TCU

Cleveland Indians – Evan Marshall, Kansas State; Josh Tomlin, Texas Tech

Colorado Rockies – Chad Bettis, Texas Tech; Jon Gray, Oklahoma; Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia

Detroit Tigers – None

Houston Astros – None

Kansas City Royals – Nate Karns, Texas Tech; Burch Smith, Oklahoma

Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim – Andrew Heaney, Oklahoma State; Garrett Richards, Oklahoma; Huston Street, Texas

Los Angeles Dodgers – Max Muncy, Baylor; Zach Neal, Oklahoma

Miami Marlins – Bryan Holaday, TCU

Milwaukee Brewers – Chase Anderson, Oklahoma; Corey Knebel, Texas

Minnesota Twins – Taylor Featherston, TCU (AAA)

New York Mets – A.J. Ramos (traded from Miami), Texas Tech

New York Yankees – None

Oakland A’s – Daniel Coulombe, Texas Tech

Philadelphia Phillies – Jake Arrieta, TCU; Cameron Rupp (disabled list), Texas (traded to Detroit Jan. 2019)

Pittsburgh Pirates – Jordy Mercer, Oklahoma State (traded to Detroit Tigers Jan. 2019)

St. Louis Cardinals – Matt Carpenter, TCU; Jedd Gyorko, West Virginia; Tyler Lyons, Oklahoma State

San Diego Padres – Dillon Overton, Oklahoma (AAA)

San Francisco Giants – Brandon Belt, Texas; Steven Okert, Oklahoma; Jackson Williams (AAA), Oklahoma

Seattle Mariners – None

Tampa Bay Rays – Shawn Tolleson (traded from Texas, AAA and rehab), Baylor

Texas Rangers – None

Toronto Blue Jays – None

Washington Nationals – None

 

2019 Big 12 Members’ Players on Major League Rosters – Includes DL

(15 Opening Day, Season Total 15)

Baltimore Orioles – Andrew Cashner, TCU; Nate Karns, Texas Tech; John Means, West Virginia

Boston Red Sox – Brandon Workman, Texas

Colorado Rockies – Chad Bettis, Texas Tech; Jon Gray, Oklahoma; Harrison Musgrave, West Virginia

Detroit Tigers – Jordy Mercer, Oklahoma State; Cameron Rupp (AAA), Texas

Los Angeles Angels – Andrew Heaney, Oklahoma State; Sam Freeman (AAA), Kansas

Los Angeles Dodgers – Max Muncy, Baylor

Milwaukee Brewers – Chase Anderson, Oklahoma; Corey Knebel, Texas

Oakland A’s – Logan Verrett, Baylor (AAA)

Philadelphia Phillies – Jake Arrietta, TCU

Pittsburgh Pirates – Tyler Lyons (AAA), Oklahoma State

San Diego Padres – Dillon Overton (AAA), Oklahoma; Garrett Richards (DL), Oklahoma; Carlos Torres (AAA), Kansas State

San Francisco Giants – Brandon Belt, Texas; Steven Okert (AAA), Oklahoma

St. Louis Cardinals – Matt Carpenter, TCU

 

Big 12 Conference 2018 Major League Batting (Final)

Player                                   Team                     Avg.       AB          R             H             HR          RBI        SB

Brandon Belt                        Giants                    .253        399         50           101         14           46           4

(Texas)

Matt Carpenter                    Cardinals               .257        564         111         145         36           81           4

(TCU)

Taylor Featherston              Twins                     Reassigned to AAA

(TCU)

Jedd Gyorko                         Cardinals               .262        351         49           92           11           47           2

(West Virginia)

Bryan Holaday                    Marlins                  .205        151         7              31           1              16           0

(TCU)

Jordy Mercer                        Pirates                    .251        394         43           99           6              39           2

(Oklahoma State)

Max Muncy                         Dodgers                 .263        395         75           104         35           79           3

(Baylor)

Cameron Rupp                    Phillies                    90-Day Disabled List

(Texas)                                                                                                                                                                                 

2018 Totals (31 players)                                  .223        2,254      335         572         103         308         15

 

2017 Totals (36 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 2018 Major League Pitching (Final)

Pitcher                                  Team                     W-L       ERA       SV           IP            H             BB          SO

Chase Anderson                  Brewers                  9-8          3.93        0              158         131         57           128

(Oklahoma)

Jake Arrieta                          Phillies                    10-11     3.96        0              172.2      165         57           138

(TCU)

Chad Bettis                           Rockies                  5-2          5.01        0              120.1      72           47           80

(Texas Tech)

Andrew Cashner                  Orioles                    4-15        5.29        0              153         177         65           99

(TCU)

Daniel Coulombe                A’s                          1-1          4.56        0              23.2        24           11           26

(Texas Tech)

Brandon Finnegan              Reds                       0-3          7.40        0              20.2        27           15           14

(TCU)

Sam Freeman                       Braves                   3-5          4.29        0              50.1        41           32           58

(Kansas)

Jon Gray                                Rockies                  12-9        5.12        0              172.1      180         52           183

(Oklahoma)

Andrew Heaney                   Angels                    9-10        4.15        0              180         171         45           180

(Oklahoma State)

Nate Karns                            Orioles                    Disabled list in 2018

(Texas Tech)

Corey Knebel                       Brewers                  4-3          3.58        16           55.1        38           22           88

(Texas)

Tyler Lyons                          Cardinals               1-0          8.64        0              16.2        24           8              19

(Oklahoma State)

Evan Marshall                     Indians                  0-0          7.71        0              7              12           4              9

(Kansas State)

John Means                          Orioles                    0-0          13.50      0              3.1          6              0              4

(West Virginia)

Harrison Musgrave             Rockies                  2-3          4.63        0              44.2        36           22           32

(West Virginia)

Zach Neal                             Dodgers                 0-0          9.00        0              1              0              0              0

(Oklahoma)

Steven Okert                         Giants                    0-0          1.23        0              7.1          4              1              8

(Oklahoma)

Dillon Overton                      Padres                    Reassigned to AAA

(Oklahoma)

A.J. Ramos                           Marlins/Mets        2-2          6.41        0              19.2        17           15           22

(Texas Tech)

Garrett Richards                  Angels                    5-4          3.66        0              76.1        64           24           87

(Oklahoma)

Huston Street                       Angels                    (DL) 0-0  0.00       0              0              0              0              0

(Texas)

Shawn Tolleson                   Rays                       Reassigned to AAA – rehab assignment, retired 2019

(Baylor)

Josh Tomlin                          Indians                  2-5          6.14        0              70.1        92           12           46

(Texas Tech)

Carlos Torres                        Nationals               0-0          6.52        0              9.2          9              3              9

(Kansas State)

Logan Verrett                       Orioles                    Disabled List

(Baylor)

Brandon Workman             Red Sox                 6-1          3.27        0              41.1        34           16           37

(Texas)                                                                                                                                                                                 

2018 Totals                                                          75-82     4.14        16           1,615.1  1,324      458         1,257

 

2017 Totals                                                          83-67     3.50        78           1,447      1,294      485         1,516

2016 Totals                                                          106-104 5.19        65           1,854.1  1,857      633         1,533

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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