Big 12 Alumni and 2013 Season – World Series Wrapup

by BoCarter | Posted on Friday, October 25th, 2013

By Bo Carter, www.Baseballpedia.com, NCBWA

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 – There are numerous Big 12 Conference connections both in the Major League Baseball World Series and throughout the playoff as 18 additional players from current Big 12 schools got the call for 2013.
From 34 on opening day to a total of 52 with September additions, alumni from this conference have numbered at least 47 for eight consecutive campaigns even with the switches in conference membership prior to the 2012-13 competitive year.
One interesting connection is Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, who played at Oklahoma State from 1981-84, was pitching coach for the Cowboys from 1997-2001 and often watched the youngsters of OSU then-head coach Tom Holliday – Josh and Matt – during the offseason.
Now Matt Holliday, who originally signed with OSU as a football quarterback-baseball outfielder with O-State, finds himself across the diamond from the BoSox Farrell with current Cowboys head coach Josh Holliday cheering on Matt along with current NC State assistant coach Tom Holliday.
Standouts such as National League All-Star 2B Matt Carpenter (broke Stan Musial’s St. Louis record of 54 doubles in one season with 55 while belting 199 hits) of TCU and the WS-competing Cardinals and the rejuvenated and former Texas football QB Adam Dunn (group-best 34 home runs) made solid strides during the 2013 campaign. are leading the charge toward some postseason activity for their respective teams – the White Sox and Cardinals.
Carpenter, whose father was head coach at Prosper (Texas) HS for prep standouts Torii Hunter Jr. and Money Hunter (sons of Detroit Tigers OF Torii Hunter), has blossomed with the contending Cardinals while West Virginia rookie SS and former Brooks Wallace Award winner Jedd Gyorko proved his mettle with 23 home runs as a rookie with the San Diego Padres in one of the best pitchers’ home parks in either league.
Carpenter also was joined by Big 12 alumni Sam Freeman, Kansas; Chad Huffman (played at AAA Memphis in the Cardinals’ system), TCU; and Tyler Lyons, Oklahoma State; who appeared either in spring training or in selected games for the 2013 Redbirds.
Couple these with other standouts on postseason teams with Big 12 connections, including: Atlanta Braves – David Carpenter, West Virginia; Baltimore Orioles – Daniel McCutchen, Oklahoma; Taylor Teagarden, Texas; Boston Red Sox – Drew Sutton, Baylor; Brandon Workman, Texas; Cincinnati Reds – Sam LeCure, Texas; Cleveland Indians – Drew Stubbs, Texas; Josh Tomlin, Texas Tech; Detroit Tigers –Bryan Holaday, TCU; Kevin Russo, Baylor; Los Angeles Dodgers – J.P. Howell, Texas; Shawn Tolleson, Baylor; Oakland A’s – Dallas Braden (DL – became free agent), Texas Tech; and Pittsburgh Pirates – Matt Hague, Oklahoma State; Jeff Karstens (disabled list), Texas Tech; Jordy Mercer, Oklahoma State; Andy Oliver, Oklahoma State; Mike Zagurski (later traded to Yankees), Kansas; and fans have a veritable Who’s Who of competitors on playoff-bound team rosters at some point in ’13.
The increase of 18 players from opening day totals of 34 Big 12 alumni falls in line and far exceeded the 2012 tally of 28 players on opening/night ledgers and then 18 getting callus throughout ’12 for a final tally of 46.
And these numbers don’t take into account such former Big 12 Conference all-star honorees as Michael Wacha of the Cardinals and Texas A&M, Detroit Tigers’ ace Max Scherzer of Missouri, Texas Rangers’ mainstay Ian Kinsler of Mizzou, and SS Cliff Pennington of the Oakland A’s and Texas A&M, among others.
TCU and West Virginia, which competed in the Big 12 in baseball for the first time in 2013, also have combined for 59 all-time players in the bigs – 33 by TCU and 26 by the Mountaineers/
DOWN ON THE FARM/2013 NOTES – Pitching victories among Big 12 alumni were down noticeably from recent years with a final record of 57-67 – the fewest wins since the 60-79 composite mark in 1997 when 33 Big 12 alumni played in the bigs. The dip can be attributed to a large number of alumni on disabled lists for major parts of the season and a preponderance of setup men. With the likes of TCU’s Andrew Cashner (10-9 with San Diego in 2013) and Garrett Richards (7-8) of California taking on more starting assignments, these numbers are projected to rise in ’14. The moundmen also totaled 1,000 strikeouts for the 10th consecutive year in spite of working a Big 12-era fewest 1,204 innings (the 1999 season had been the previous-fewest at 1,41-plus)…Several late blasts by Big 12-connected hitters in the final weeks and some clutch hitting brought the composite totals for batting average (.251 best since .253 in 2009) and home runs (148) to keep Big 12 batsmen with more than 126 homers for the seventh straight year.

Big 12 Conference 2013 Major League Batting (Final 2013)
Player Team Avg. AB R H HR RBI SB
Jason Bartlett Padres Disabled List, Waivers/Free Agent
(Oklahoma)
Brandon Belt Giants .289 509 76 147 17 67 5
(Texas)
Corey Brown Nationals .167 12 2 2 1 1 1
(Oklahoma State)
Ryan Budde D’Backs Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma State)
Matt Carpenter Cardinals .318 626 126 199 11 78 3
(TCU)
Jordan Danks White Sox .231 160 15 37 5 12 7
(Texas)
Greg Dobbs Marlins .228 237 21 54 2 22 1
(Oklahoma)
Adam Dunn White Sox .219 525 60 115 34 86 1
(Texas)
Josh Fields Phillies Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma State)
Jedd Gyorko Padres .249 486 62 121 23 63 1
(West Virginia)
Matt Hague Pirates .364 22 3 8 0 2 0
(Oklahoma State)
Bryan Holaday Tigers .296 27 8 8 1 2 0
(TCU)
Chad Huffman Cardinals Reassigned to AAA.
(TCU)
Jason Jaramillo Astros Reassigned to AAA.
(Oklahoma State)
Roger Kieschnick Giants .202 84 6 17 0 5 0
(Texas Tech)
Jordy Mercer Pirates ,285 333 33 95 8 27 3
(Oklahoma State)
David Murphy Rangers .220 436 51 96 13 45 1
(Baylor)
Omar Quintanilla Mets .222 315 28 70 2 21 2
(Texas)
Ryan Roberts Rays .247 162 15 40 5 17 0
(Texas)
Kevin Russo Tigers .308 39 8 12 2 5 0
(Baylor)
Luke Scott Rays .241 253 27 61 9 40 1
(Oklahoma State)
Kelly Shoppach Mariners/Nats .193 109 11 21 3 9 0
(Baylor)
Drew Stubbs Indians .233 430 59 100 10 45 17
(Texas)
Drew Sutton Red Sox .257 35 6 9 0 2 0
(Baylor)
23 60 3 10 18 2 0 2 5 1 0 18 0 1 .167
Taylor Teagarden Orioles .167 60 3 10 2 5 0
(Texas)
2013 Totals (53 players) .251 4,860 620 1,222 148 524 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 2013 Major League Pitching (Final 2013)
Pitcher Team W-L ERA SV IP H BB SO
Jake Arrieta Orioles/Cubs 5-4 4.78 0 75.1 59 41 60
(TCU)
Scott Atchison Mets 3-3 4.37 0 45.1 45 12 28
(TCU)
Scott Baker Cubs 0-0 3.60 0 15 9 4 6
(Oklahoma State)

Chad Bettis Rockies 1-3 5.77 0 43.2 54 20 29
(Texas Tech)
Dallas Braden A’s Disabled List, free agent
(Texas Tech)
David Carpenter Braves 4-1 1.81 0 64.2 55 20 72
(West Virginia)
Andrew Cashner Padres 10-9 3.09 0 175 151 47 128
(TCU)
Sam Demel Astros 1-0 42.43 0 2.1 10 4 1
(TCU)
Sam Freeman Cardinals 1-0 2.19 0 12.1 8 5 8
(Kansas)
Tom Gorzelanny Brewers 3-6 3.90 0 85.1 77 31 83
(Kansas)
J.P. Howell Dodgers 4-1 2.03 0 62 42 23 54
(Texas)
Colt Hynes Padres 0-0 9.00 0 17 25 9 13
(Texas Tech)
Chris Jakubauskas Brewers 0-0 0.00 0 2.1 1 3 2
(Oklahoma)
Nathan Karns Nationals 0-1 7.50 0 12 17 6 11
(Texas Tech)
Jeff Karstens Pirates 60-Day Disabled List
(Texas Tech)
Sam LeCure Reds 2-1 2.66 1 61 50 24 66
(Texas)
Tyler Lyons Cardinals 2-4 4.75 0 53 49 16 43
(Oklahoma State)
Daniel McCutchen Orioles 1-0 6.14 0 7.1 13 2 4
(Oklahoma)
Andy Oliver Pirates 0-0 13.50 0 3.1 7 6 3
(Oklahoma State)
David Purcey White Sox 1-1 2.13 0 25.1 19 17 23
(Oklahoma)
A.J. Ramos Marlins 3-4 3.15 0 80 58 43 86
(Texas Tech)
Garrett Richards Angels 7-8 4.16 1 145 151 44 10
(Oklahoma)
Dustin Richardson Braves DL – Completed rehab in AAA, reassigned to AAA
(Texas Tech)
Scott Richmond Rangers Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma State)
Chance Ruffin Mariners 0-2 8.38 0 9.2 14 5 15
(Texas)
James Russell Cubs 1-6 3.59 0 52.2 46 18 37
(Texas)
Burch Smith Padres 1-3 6.44 0 36.1 39 21 46
(Oklahoma)
Zach Stewart White Sox 0-1 6.75 0 10.2 16 3 8
(Texas Tech)
Huston Street Padres 2-5 2.70 33 56.2 44 14 46
(Texas)
Shawn Tolleson Dodgers 0-0 0.00 0 0 0 2 0
(Baylor)
Josh Tomlin Indians 0-0 0.00 0 2 2 0 0
(Texas Tech)
Kip Wells Angels Reassigned to AAA
(Baylor)
Brandon Workman Red Sox 6-3 4.97 1 41.2 44 15 47
(Texas)
Mike Zagurski Pirates-Yankees 0-0 17.05 0 6.1 10 8 5
(Kansas)
2013 Totals 57-67 4.74 36 1,204 1,096 453 1,021

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
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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