Big 12 Conference Alumni and 2014 MLB Postseason

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Big 12 Conference Alumni and 2014 Major Leagues – Sept. 29, 2014 – Pre-Playoff Report
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 – As Major League Baseball teams enter the 2014 playoffs, several of the 49 alumni from current Big 12 Conference schools have played key roles in helping their teams make postseason runs.
There were 19 hitters/fielders and 30 pitchers on MLB rosters or 2014 disabled lists, and several are among the starters for playoff squads Baltimore, Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Washington.
Some examples who come quickly to mind are Kansas City Royals’ rookie Brandon Finnegan of TCU – the first player from the 2014 free agent draft (17th player chosen overall) and a standout who provided key relief in spot appearances for KC in September; St. Louis’ Matt Carpenter of TCU (coming off a 2013 season when he broke Stan Musial’s team record for doubles with 55 and filling the gap as an everyday player again for the 2014 Cardinals, runnerup in last year’s World Series to Boston); the Los Angeles Angels’ closer Huston Street of Texas with several key saves during the LA runaway title in the SEC West; and Pittsburgh’s Jordy Mercer with a career majors’ year after starring at Oklahoma State.
The ’14 playoffs also mark the first postseason activity for former Texas QB Adam Dunn, who was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Oakland Athletics at midseason. Dunn is in his 14th season and leads Big 12 school products with 462 home runs and 1,168 RBI since 2001.
In 2013 there were 34 alumni of Big 12 schools on opening day and 18 received a later summons. The 2014 season began with 31 alums on MLB rosters before 18 came up in subsequent days.
Big 12 pitchers also have performed a solid eclipse of last year’s 57-66 composite mark with 83 wins against 76 losses in ’14 – a 26-victory turnaround from 2013 to ‘14. They also set an all-time record for strikeouts this year with 1,423 over 1,662-plus innings hurled to topple the 2011 composite circuit mark of 1,396 whiffs in 1,775.1 innings.
The conference at season’s end lost one of the longest-standing managers and Big 12 school veteran Ron Gardenhire who played for College Baseball Foundation Hall of Fame head coach Cliff Gustafson at Texas. Gardenhire has been reassigned in the Minnesota Twins’ organization after 13 seasons at the Twins’ helm and 1,000-plus wins – second all-time among Minnesota chiefs behind Tom Kelly.
DOWN ON THE FARM/2014 NOTES – There was a correction on the most recent down of the farm notes as Oklahoma pitcher (not Kansas State as was stated) Chase Anderson and fellow rookie Evan Marshall of K-State combined for 13 wins for the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks…Kansas alumnus and rookie Brett Bochy (Kansas) also became the first player in MLB history t pitch for his father, Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy…OU standout Garrett Richards is out for the season after going 13-4 overall to lead all former standouts from the loop because of a severe knee injury…Several Big 12 stalwarts such as West Virginia’s Vince Belnome, Texas’ Omar Quintanilla, Texas Tech rookie Daniel Columbe, and former Oklahoma State lefty Tyler Lyons had sterling years in AAA ball and worked themselves back into the MLB loop…Three great comeback stories among pitchers for 2014 were A.J. Ramos of Texas Tech (7-0 with Marlins), Scott Atchison of TCU (the last active MLB player to play in the Southwest Conference in 1996 at 6-0 with the Indians) and Jake Arrieta of TCU (10-5 as the season-ending ace of the Cubs).
Big 12 alumni who played at least one game for 2014 postseason teams at one time included:
Baltimore Orioles – None
Detroit Tigers –Bryan Holaday, TCU; Corey Knebel, Texas (later traded to Rangers)
Kansas City Royals – Brandon Finnegan, TCU
Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim – Garrett Richards, Oklahoma; Dustin Richardson (AAA), Texas Tech; Huston Street (traded from Padres)
Los Angeles Dodgers – Daniel Coulombe, Texas Tech; Sam Demel (AAA), TCU; J.P. Howell, Texas
Oakland A’s – Adam Dunn, Texas (traded from White Sox)
Pittsburgh Pirates – Matt Hague (AAA), Oklahoma State; Jeff Karstens (season-long disabled list), Texas Tech; Jordy Mercer, Oklahoma State; Andy Oliver (AAA), Oklahoma State
St. Louis Cardinals – Matt Carpenter, TCU; Sam Freeman, Kansas; Tyler Lyons, Oklahoma State
San Francisco Giants – Brandon Belt, Texas; Brett Bochy, Kansas
Washington Nationals – Greg Dobbs, Oklahoma (traded from Miami)

Big 12 Conference 2014 Major League Batting (Final – 2014)
Player Team Avg. AB R H HR RBI SB
Jason Bartlett Twins .000 3 0 0 0 0 0
(Oklahoma)
Vince Belnome Rays .100 10 1 1 0 1 0
(West Virginia)
Brandon Belt Giants .243 214 30 52 12 27 3
(Texas)
Corey Brown Red Sox .000 1 0 0 0 0 0
(Oklahoma State)
Matt Carpenter Cardinals .272 595 99 162 8 59 5
(TCU)
Jordan Danks White Sox .222 117 14 26 2 10 5
(Texas)
Greg Dobbs Marlins/Nats .171 41 0 7 0 2 0
(Oklahoma)
Adam Dunn White Sox/A’s .219 429 49 87 22 64 1
(Texas)
Jedd Gyorko Padres .210 400 37 84 10 51 3
(West Virginia)
Matt Hague Pirates .000 2 0 0 0 0 0
(Oklahoma State)
Bryan Holaday Tigers .231 156 14 36 0 15 1
(TCU)
Roger Kieschnick D’Backs .195 41 2 8 1 2 0
(Texas Tech)
Jordy Mercer Pirates .255 506 56 129 12 55 4
(Oklahoma State)
David Murphy Indians .262 416 40 109 8 58 2
(Baylor)
Omar Quintanilla Mets .207 29 2 6 0 3 0
(Texas)
Ryan Roberts Red Sox .105 19 1 2 0 3 0
(Texas)
Cameron Rupp Phillies .183 60 4 11 0 6 0
(Texas)
Drew Stubbs Rockies .289 388 67 112 15 43 20
(Texas)
Taylor Teagarden Mets .143 28 1 4 1 5 0
(Texas)
2014 Totals (49 players) .237 3,555 417 841 91 403 44

2013 Totals (52 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 2014 Major League Pitching (Final – 2014)
Pitcher Team W-L ERA SV IP H BB SO
Chase Anderson D’Backs 9-7 4.01 0 114.1 117 40 105
(Oklahoma)
Jake Arrieta Cubs 10-5 2.53 0 156.2 114 41 167
(TCU)
Scott Atchison Indians 6-0 2.75 2 72 60 14 49
(TCU)
Scott Baker Rangers 3-4 5.47 0 80.2 82 14 55
(Oklahoma State)
Chad Bettis Rockies 0-2 9.12 0 24.2 42 10 13
(Texas Tech)
Brett Bochy Giants 0-0 5.40 0 3.1 1 2 3
(Kansas)
David Carpenter Braves 6-4 3.54 3 61 61 16 67
(West Virginia)
Andrew Cashner Padres 5-7 2.55 0 123.1 110 29 93
(TCU)
Daniel Coulombe Dodgers 0-0 4.15 0 4.1 5 2 4
(Texas Tech)
Sam Demel Dodgers Reassigned to AAA
(TCU)
Brandon Finnegan Royals 0-1 1.29 0 7 6 1 10
(TCU)
Sam Freeman Cardinals 2-0 2.61 0 38 34 19 35
(Kansas)
Tom Gorzelanny Brewers 0-0 0.86 0 22 21 8 23
(Kansas)
Andrew Heaney Marlins 0-3 5.83 0 29.1 32 7 20
(Oklahoma State)
J.P. Howell Dodgers 3-3 2.39 0 49 31 25 48
(Texas)
Colt Hynes Blue Jays Reassigned to AAA
(Texas Tech)
Nathan Karns Rays 1-1 4.50 0 12 7 4 13
(Texas Tech)
Jeff Karstens Pirates 60-Day Disabled List (continuing, surgery)
(Texas Tech)
Corey Knebel Tigers/Rangers 0-0 6.23 0 8.2 11 3 11
(Texas)
Sam LeCure Reds 1-4 3.81 0 56.2 62 24 48
(Texas)
Tyler Lyons Cardinals 0-4 4.42 0 36.2 33 11 36
(Oklahoma State)
Evan Marshall D’Backs 4-4 2.74 0 49.1 50 17 54
(Kansas State)
Daniel McCutchen Rangers 0-0 7.71 0 2.1 4 2 0
(Oklahoma)
Andy Oliver Pirates Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma State)
David Purcey White Sox Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma)
A.J. Ramos Marlins 7-0 2.11 0 64 36 43 73
(Texas Tech)
Garrett Richards Angels 13-4 2.61 0 168.2 124 51 164
(Oklahoma)
Dustin Richardson Angels DL – Completed rehab in AAA and reassigned to AAA
(Texas Tech)
Scott Richmond Rangers Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma State)
Chance Ruffin Mariners Reassigned to AAA
(Texas)
James Russell Cubs/Braves 0-2 2.97 1 57.2 45 20 42
(Texas)
Burch Smith Padres Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma)
Zach Stewart Braves Reassigned to AAA
(Texas Tech)
Huston Street Padres-Angels 2-2 1.37 41 59.1 42 14 57
(Texas)
Shawn Tolleson Rangers 3-1 2.76 0 71.2 56 28 69
(Baylor)
Josh Tomlin Indians 6-9 4.76 0 104 119 14 94
(Texas Tech)
Brandon Workman Red Sox 1-10 5.17 0 87 88 36 70
(Texas)
Mike Zagurski Blue Jays Reassigned to AAA
(Kansas)
2014 Totals 83-77 3.52 47 1,662.2 1,402 485 1,423

2013 Totals 57-66 4.73 36 1,193.1 1,080 450 1,017
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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