Big 12 Baseball and MLB – 2019 and pre-2020

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, February 16th, 2020

2019 Major Leagues – Postseason 2019 Report/Pre-2020 Updates – Feb. 15, 2020

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 – Though the total number of players in Major League Baseball from the Big 12 Conference was nearly the same (32 in 2018 and 36 in ’19), production remained strong in 2019 and even increased in some areas among a solid handful of position players and some 22 pitchers who either pitched at least one inning or recorded strikeouts.

Again, hard-hitting Max Muncy (leading with 35 home runs) of the Dodgers via Baylor, Brandon Belt (17 homers) of the Giants and Texas, and Matt Carpenter (15 dingers) of the Cardinals and TCU accounted for 67 home runs out of the 83 launched by Big 12 alumni for 81 percent of the final tally.

Led by 10-1 Brandon Workman of the Red Sox and Texas and two 11-game winners – Andrew Cashner of TCU and Jon Gray of Oklahoma, the Big 12 pitchers in the majors finished a combined 23 games above the .500 mark (92-69 overall) for that top number since the 1999 season when Big 12 moundmen in these ranks were 35 games over .500 at 99-64.

These hitting and pitching feats take on added significance when enthusiasts consider that several players were limited by injuries (notably TCU’s Carpenter, West Virginia’s Jedd Gyorko and TCU’s Brandon Finnegan – the first player in history to appear in a NCAA Baseball World Series and the MLB World Series in the same year in 2015) last summer.

With several players awaiting first-time callups in 2020 and the likes of 2019 WVU rookie Ryan McBroom already making headway, the ’20 season appears to have some major potential for Big 12 stars.

And when such standouts who actually played in the Big 12 for former members of this conference – Alex Gordon of Nebraska, Max Scherzer of Missouri and Michael Wacha, among others – are added into the mix, the 23-season tradition (24th year in 2020) of baseball in this circuit appears even more impressive.

Workman (16-2 pitching record with the Red Sox over the last two campaigns) and Muncy (70 homers in 2018 and ’19) have been particularly impressive with several other up-and-comers waiting in the literal wings to display their talents.

One longtime Big 12 stalwart has completed his 14-year career in the majors after having to sit out both the 2018 and ’19 seasons with arm problems as he attempted a comeback) and is returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach.

Huston Street, ace righthander with 324 career saves, Outstanding Player honors in the 2002 NCAA World Series won by Texas and 2005 American League Rookie of the Year, has gone back to the Austin campus of the Texas Longhorns as a 2020 assistant coach and hopes to bring back some of that mystique, which has propelled the Longhorns to a NCAA-record 36 NCAA World Series appearances and six national baseball titles.

He joins a growing number of former Big 12 professional stars who have gone into coaching or are working in managerial positions in the big leagues.

And multiple trades involving stars from this conference in both 2019 and ’20 have given several players extensive opportunities to be involved in 2020 postseason playoffs and/or possible All-Star Game activity in coming months.

DOWN ON THE FARM – 2019 and ‘20 NOTES – Four rookies with Big 12 backgrounds made it to the majors in 2019 – including three standouts from TCU’s highly-successful teams in the 2010s. Kevin Cron, Alex Young and Tyler Alexander of the Frogs all ascended within two months of one another from May-June while former Texas catcher Tres Barrera also got a “cup of coffee” with the world champ Washington Nationals in his MLB debut…Oklahoma made it six total Big 12 rookies competing in 2019 Major League Baseball with newcomers Jack Mayfield and Sheldon Neuse advancing to the top rung in pro baseball while Oklahoma State rookie Donnie Walton debuted with the Seattle Mariners…Also on the national collegiate scene, Texas remains third all-time in alumni who went from college diamonds to the majors. Southern California remains number one with 113 players while Arizona State is second with 11 just ahead of the Longhorns with 108, most recently catcher Barrera in 2019 with the Nationals.

 

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

(20 Opening Day, Season Total 35)

Atlanta Braves – Josh Tomlin, Texas Tech

Arizona Diamondbacks – Stefan Crichton, TCU; Kevin Cron, TCU; Alex Young, TCU

Baltimore Orioles – Andrew Cashner (later traded to Red Sox), TCU; Nate Karns, Texas Tech; John Means, West Virginia

Boston Red Sox – Brandon Workman, Texas

Chicago White Sox – Evan Marshall, Kansas State

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

Detroit Tigers – Tyler Alexander, TCU; Jordy Mercer, Oklahoma State; Cameron Rupp (reassigned to AAA, traded to Oakland A’s), Texas; Carlos Torres, Kansas State

Houston Astros – Jack Mayfield, Oklahoma

Kansas City Royals – Ryan McBroom, West Virginia

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

Los Angeles Dodgers – Max Muncy, Baylor

Miami Marlins – Bryan Holaday, TCU

Milwaukee Brewers – Chase Anderson, Oklahoma; Corey Knebel (disabled list), Texas; Nate Orf (AAA), Baylor

New York Yankees – – Daniel Coulombe (AAA), Texas Tech

Oakland A’s – Nick Martini (traded to Padres and Phillies for 2020), Kansas State; Sheldon Neuse, Oklahoma; Logan Verrett, Baylor (AA)

Philadelphia Phillies – Jake Arrietta, TCU

Pittsburgh Pirates – Tyler Lyons (later traded to Yankees), Oklahoma State

San Diego Padres – Dillon Overton (AAA), Oklahoma; Garrett Richards, Oklahoma

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

Seattle Mariners – Donnie Walton, Oklahoma State

St. Louis Cardinals – Matt Carpenter, TCU; Jedd Gyorko (traded to Dodgers, signed with Brewers for 2020)

Washington Nationals – Koda Glover (DL), Oklahoma State; Tres Barrera, Texas

 

Big 12 Conference 2019 Major League Batting (Final)

Player                                     Team                      Avg.        AB           R              H             HR           RBI          SB

Tres Barrera                          Nationals                .000        2              0              0              0              0              0

(Texas)

Brandon Belt                         Giants                     .234        526         76           123         17           57           4

(Texas)

Kevin Cron                            D-Backs                  .211        71           12           15           6              16           0

(TCU)

Matt Carpenter                    Cardinals                .226        416         59           94           15           46           6

(TCU)

Taylor Featherston              Royals                     Reassigned to AAA

(TCU)

Jedd Gyorko                          Cardinals/Dodgers .174      92           6              16           2              9              2

(West Virginia)

Bryan Holaday                      Marlins                   .278        115         12           32           4              12           0

(TCU)

Nick Martini                          A’s/Padres             .226        93           8              21           1              7              0

(Kansas State)

Jack Mayfield                        Astros                     .156        64           8              10           2              5              0

(Oklahoma)

Ryan McBroom                     Royals                     .293        75           8              22           0              6              0

(West Virginia)

Jordy Mercer                        Pirates                    .270        256         24           69           9              22           0

(Oklahoma State)

Max Muncy                           Dodgers                 .251        487         101         122         35           98           4

(Baylor)

Sheldon Neuse                     A’s                           .250        56           3              14           0              7              0

(Oklahoma)

Nate Orf                                 Brewers                 Reassigned to AAA

(Baylor)

Cameron Rupp                     Phillies/A’s            Season long disabled list

(Texas)

Donnie Walton                     Mariners                .188        16           2              3              0              2              0

(Oklahoma State)                                                                                                                                                                

2019 Totals (36 players)                                     .238        2,269      319         541         91           271         16

 

2018 Totals (33 players)                                     .255        2,427      365         619         105         328         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 2019 Major League Pitching (Final)

Pitcher                                   Team                      W-L         ERA         SV           IP            H             BB           SO

Tyler Alexander                   Tigers                     1-4          4.86        0              53.2        68           7              47

(TCU)

Chase Anderson                   Brewers                 8-4          4.21        0              139         126         50           124

(Oklahoma)

Jake Arrieta                           Phillies                   8-8          4.64        0              135.2      149         51           110

(TCU)

Chad Bettis                            Rockies                  1-6          6.08        1              63.2        78           21           42

(Texas Tech)

Andrew Cashner                  Orioles/Red Sox   11-8        4.68        1              150         144         58           108

(TCU)

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

(Texas Tech)

Stefan Crichton                    D-Backs                  1-0          3.56        0              30.1        23           8              33

(TCU)

Brandon Finnegan               Reds                       Reassigned to AA

(TCU)

Sam Freeman                        Angels                    0-0          4.50        0              2              3              1              2

(Kansas)

Koda Glover                          Nationals                Season long disabled list

(Oklahoma State)

Jon Gray                 Rockies                  11-8        3.84        0              150         147         56           150

(Oklahoma)

Andrew Heaney                   Angels                    4-6          4.91        0              95.1        93           30           118

(Oklahoma State)

Nate Karns                             Orioles                   0-1          0.00        0              5.1          7              3              5

(Texas Tech)

Corey Knebel                        Brewers                 On season-long disabled list

(Texas)

Tyler Lyons                            Pirates/Yankees   1-2          6.39        0              12.2        13           5              17

(Oklahoma State)

Evan Marshall                       White Sox              4-2          2.49        0              50.2        42           24           41

(Kansas State)

John Means                           Orioles                   12-11     3.60        0              155         138         38           121

(West Virginia)

Harrison Musgrave              Rockies                  0-0          3.60        0              10           9              7              12

(West Virginia)

Steven Okert                        Giants                     Reassigned to AAA for season

(Oklahoma)

Dillon Overton                      Padres                    Reassigned to AAA for season

(Oklahoma)

Garrett Richards                   Padres                    0-1          8.31        0              8.2          10           6              11

(Oklahoma)

Burch Smith                          Giants                     0-0          2.08        0              8.2          10           4              6

(Oklahoma)

Huston Street                       Angels                    Season long disabled list – retired at end of 2019

(Texas)

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

(Baylor)

Josh Tomlin                           Indians                   2-1          3.74        0              79.1        82           7              51

(Texas Tech)

Carlos Torres                        Nationals                0-0          7.50        0              6              9              1              8

(Kansas State)

Logan Verrett                       Orioles                   Season long disabled list

(Baylor)

Brandon Workman              Red Sox                  10-1        1.88        16           71.2        29           45           104

(Texas)

Alex Young                            D-Backs                  7-5          3.56        17           83.1        72           27           71

(TCU)                                                                                                                                                                                     

2019 Totals                                                           92-69     4.07        18           1,334      1,280      460         1,217

 

2018 Totals                                                           76-85     4.13        17           1,631.2  1,337      468         1,266

2017 Totals                                                           84-68     3.61        86           1,489.1  1,353      497         1,548

2016 Totals                                                           112-112 5.24        67           2,001      2,013      669         1,615

2015 Totals                                                           121-102 4.23        114         2,129.2  1,962      714         1,920

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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