Big 12 alumni on MLB rosters

by BoCarter | Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2013

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DALLAS – Alumni from current Big 12 Conference schools are playing key roles again for contending Major League Baseball squads and four callups have brought the Big 12 tally to 38 (and counting) for 2013.

Oklahoma State alumnus and rookie Tyler Lyons of the St. Louis Cardinals is just one of a number of standouts contributing this season. He’s already 2-0 in two appearances for the injury-shaken Cards’ staff and is joined this week by Texas A&M’s Michael Wacha, who played the majority of his career while the Aggies were part of the Big 12 before going to the Southeastern Conference in 2012-13. Teammate Matt Carpenter of TCU enters the week as St. Louis’ starting second baseman with a .306 batting average.

Many Big 12 standouts have led their teams to postseason play, and there were 12 alumni who pitched or played in at least one contest for 2012 playoff teams among 46 alumni from this conference in the bigs.

Now with 10 schools vying annually for the conference’s regular- and postseason hardware, there has not been a substantial dropoff in the talent level or percentages from the Irving-based circuit over the last two seasons.
San Diego (with six alums on the roster since February 2013 and currently at Class AAA or in the majors) and Pittsburgh (five Big 12 alumni either competing in spring training or on the active roster) lead all tams in participants from this conference.

There were 28 standouts on 2012 opening day rosters in the majors, and these numbers swelled to 46 with the addition of such rookies as Sam Freeman of Kansas, Matt Carpenter of St. Louis, Oklahoma State’s Matt Hague, Baylor’s Shawn Tolleson and Texas’ Jordan Danks – who played in the American League with his older brother John Danks of the White Sox. This season’s first-game alumni totaled 34.

In 2011 there were 50 Big 12 alumni competing in MLB, and 37 competitors from Big 12 teams remained on opening rosters in 2012.

During the 2010 campaign when there were 36 Big 12 schools’ alumni on opening day rosters and 51 by season’s end. The 65 alumni from Big 12 schools in MLB 2009 still ranks as a record – almost double the amount of the 33 stars from Big 12 Conference members in the first year of Big 12 diamond competition in 1997. Interestingly, that entire initial group in ’97 had retired from the bigs prior to the ’11 campaign.

Last year’s Big 12 Conference alumni pitchers in the majors had the fewest decisions (134, 71-63 record) since the late 1990s but allowed fewer hits than innings pitched for the second year in succession. The strikeout-to-walk ratio was almost 3:1 – 1,213 to 464 – for the best composite tally ever by players with Big 12 backgrounds.

TCU and West Virginia, which competed in the Big 12 in baseball for the first time in 2013, added have combined for 59 all-time players in the bigs – 33 by TCU and 26 by the Mountaineers, including recent CBF Brooks Wallace Award recipient and WVU star shortstop Jedd Gyorko with the Padres.

DOWN ON THE FARM NOTES – More additions to big league rosters are expected in coming weeks as promising AAA stars Scott Richmond (2.40 ERA and 1-0 record in two starts) of Oklahoma State with the Rangers, Sam Demel (1-1, two saves, 1.37 ERA in 17 appearances) of TCU and the Astros, Colt Hynes (1-0 record with 0.69 ERA in 14 relief outings) of Texas Tech and the Padres, and Corey Brown (.250 average, five homers, 15 RBI remain in early AAA activity) of OSU and the Nationals remain just a jet ride or taxi fare away from joining their MLB affiliates.

2013 Big 12 Members’ Players on Major League Opening Rosters – Includes DL (May 30, 2013)
(34 Opening Day, 38 Total)
Arizona Diamondbacks – Ryan Budde (reassigned to AAA), Oklahoma State
Atlanta Braves – David Carpenter, West Virginia; Dustin Richardson, Texas Tech
Baltimore Orioles – Jake Arrieta, TCU; Daniel McCutchen, Oklahoma; Taylor Teagarden, Texas
Boston Red Sox – Drew Sutton (AAA), Baylor
Chicago Cubs – Scott Baker, Oklahoma State; James Russell, Texas
Chicago White Sox – Jordan Danks, Texas; Adam Dunn, Texas; David Purcey (AAA), Oklahoma; Zach Stewart (AAA), Texas Tech
Cincinnati Reds – Sam LeCure, Texas
Cleveland Indians – Drew Stubbs, Texas; Josh Tomlin, Texas Tech
Colorado Rockies – None
Detroit Tigers – Kevin Russo, Baylor
Houston Astros – Sam Demel (AAA), TCU; Jason Jaramillo (AAA), Oklahoma State
Kansas City Royals – None
Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim – Garrett Richards, Oklahoma
Los Angeles Dodgers – J.P. Howell, Texas; Shawn Tolleson (disabled list), Baylor
Miami Marlins – Greg Dobbs, Oklahoma; A.J. Ramos, Texas Tech
Milwaukee Brewers – Tom Gorzelanny, Kansas; Chris Jakubauskas (AAA), Oklahoma
Minnesota Twins – None
New York Mets – Scott Atchison, TCU; Omar Quintanilla (AAA), Texas
New York Yankees – None
Oakland A’s – Dallas Braden (DL – free agent), Texas Tech
Philadelphia Phillies – Josh Fields, Oklahoma State
Pittsburgh Pirates – Matt Hague (AAA), Oklahoma State; Jeff Karstens (disabled list), Texas Tech; Jordy Mercer, Oklahoma State; Andy Oliver (AAA), Oklahoma State; Mike Zagurski, Kansas
St. Louis Cardinals – Matt Carpenter, TCU; Sam Freeman (AAA), Kansas; Chad Huffman (AAA), TCU; Tyler Lyons, Oklahoma State
San Diego Padres – Jason Bartlett (disabled list), Oklahoma; Andrew Cashner, TCU; Jedd Gyorko, West Virginia; Colt Hynes (AAA), Texas Tech; Huston Street, Texas; Kip Wells (AAA), Baylor
San Francisco Giants – Brandon Belt, Texas; Roger Kieschnick (AAA), Texas Tech
Seattle Mariners – Chance Ruffin, Texas; Kelly Shoppach, Baylor
Tampa Bay Rays – Ryan Roberts, Texas; Luke Scott, Oklahoma State
Texas Rangers – David Murphy, Baylor; Scott Richmond (AAA), Oklahoma State
Toronto Blue Jays – None
Washington Nationals – Corey Brown (AAA), Oklahoma State; Nathan Karns, Texas Tech

Big 12 Conference Alumni and 2013 Major Leagues – May 30, 2013
By Bo Carter, www.Baseballpedia.com, NCBWA, Scarter5@twu.edu
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.

Big 12 Conference 2013 Major League Batting (Through May 29 games)
Player Team Avg. AB R H HR RBI SB
Jason Bartlett Padres Disabled List and Waivers/Free Agent
(Oklahoma)
Brandon Belt Giants .248 161 25 40 6 24 2
(Texas)
Corey Brown Nationals Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma State)
Ryan Budde D’Backs Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma State)
Matt Carpenter Cardinals .306 196 41 60 4 18 1
(TCU)
Jordan Danks White Sox .200 15 1 3 1 2 0
(Texas)
Greg Dobbs Marlins .224 156 15 35 1 10 1
(Oklahoma)
Adam Dunn White Sox .153 170 19 26 12 28 1
(Texas)
Josh Fields Phillies Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma State)
Jedd Gyorko Padres .270 185 26 50 6 18 0
(West Virginia)
Matt Hague Pirates Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma State)
Chad Huffman Cardinals Reassigned to AAA
(TCU)
Jason Jaramillo Astros Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma State)
Roger Kieschnick Giants Reassigned to AAA
(Texas Tech)
Jordy Mercer Pirates .291 55 5 16 3 6 2
(Oklahoma State)
David Murphy Rangers .218 165 16 36 6 23 0
(Baylor)
Omar Quintanilla Mets Reassigned to AAA
(Texas)
Ryan Roberts Rays .234 111 10 26 3 11 0
(Texas)
Kevin Russo Tigers Reassigned to AAA
(Baylor)
Luke Scott Rays .268 71 12 19 3 15 0
(Oklahoma State)
Kelly Shoppach Mariners .207 82 8 17 3 8 0
(Baylor)
Drew Stubbs Indians .241 166 19 40 3 15 6
(Texas)
Drew Sutton Red Sox Reassigned to AAA
(Baylor)
Taylor Teagarden Orioles .000 13 0 0 0 0 0
(Texas)
2013 Totals (39 players) .238 1,546 197 368 51 178 13

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) – 2001 Totals (43 players)

Big 12 Conference 2013 Major League Pitching (Through May 29, 2013)
Pitcher Team W-L ERA SV IP H BB SO
Jake Arrieta Orioles 1-1 6.63 0 19 15 16 20
(TCU)
Scott Atchison Mets 0-0 4.50 0 18 20 1 6
(TCU)
Scott Baker Cubs (60-Day DL) 0-0 81.00 0 .1 3 2 0
(Oklahoma State)
David Carpenter Braves 0-0 1.93 0 9.1 9 7 7
(West Virginia)
Andrew Cashner Padres 4-2 3.38 0 50.2 45 17 38
(TCU)
Dallas Braden A’s Disabled List, free agent
(Texas Tech)
Sam Demel Astros Reassigned to AAA
(TCU)
Sam Freeman Cardinals Reassigned to AAA
(Kansas)
Tom Gorzelanny Brewers 1-0 2.37 0 19 8 13 15
(Kansas)
J.P. Howell Dodgers 1-0 2.45 0 22 16 10 19
(Texas)
Colt Hynes Padres Reassigned to AAA
(Texas Tech)
Chris Jakubauskas Brewers Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma)
Nathan Karns Nationals 0-0 6.23 0 4.1 5 2 3
(Texas Tech)
Jeff Karstens Pirates 60-Day Disabled List
(Texas Tech)
Sam LeCure Reds 1-0 1.27 0 21.1 11 9 24
(Texas)
Tyler Lyons Cardinals 2-0 1.29 0 14 6 2 9
(Oklahoma State)
Daniel McCutchen Orioles Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma)
Andy Oliver Pirates Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma State)
David Purcey White Sox Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma)
A.J. Ramos Marlins 0-1 3.71 0 26.2 23 13 27
(Texas Tech)
Garrett Richards Angels 2-3 5.14 1 42 41 12 30
(Oklahoma)
Dustin Richardson Braves Disabled list
(Texas Tech)
Scott Richmond Rangers Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma State)
Chance Ruffin Mariners Reassigned to AA
(Texas)
James Russell Cubs 1-1 0.95 0 19 11 4 20
(Texas)
Zach Stewart White Sox Reassigned to AAA
(Texas Tech)
Huston Street Padres 0-3 4.43 11 20.1 17 8 13
(Texas)
Shawn Tolleson Dodgers 0-0 0.00 0 0 0 2 0
(Baylor)
Josh Tomlin Indians 60-Day Disabled List
(Texas Tech)
Kip Wells Padres Reassigned to AAA
(Baylor)
Mike Zagurski Pirates 0-0 0.00 0 1 0 1 1
(Kansas)
2013 Totals 13-11 4.42 12 287 220 119 232

2012 Totals 71-63 4.31 29 1,356 1,355 464 1,213
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
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