Big 12 Conference Alumni and 2017 Major Leagues

by BoCarter | Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
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Big 12 Conference Big 12 Alumni and 2017 Major Leagues – Preseason 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 – Though injuries and up-and-down assignments from Class AAA to the majors made for some interesting times in 2016, Major League Baseball players from Big 12 Conference are in position to have major impacts for virtually team in the bigs again in 2017.
While Big 12 hurlers reached new heights in 2015 with 29 moundmen, a composite 114-97 record, 211 total decisions and 1,814 strikeouts (all current records in MLB for Big 12 alumni in one campaign), a bit of a slow start (53-59 just before midseason) and several days on the disabled list along with missed starts due to soreness limited Big 12 aces to a 83-85 composite mark with 1,296 strikeouts and just 550 walks issued over a total of 1,498-plus frames.
And though a bit smaller in numbers (10 total position players as opposed to 19 fielders and 31 pitchers among 50 MLB alumni in the Big 12 in 2014), conference alumni batsmen cranked out 102 home runs and drive in 353 total runs while maintaining a .251 batting average – very comparable to the first 19 summer for Big 12 alumni at the highest level.
Pitchers remain the mainstays, though, for Big 12 background MLB performers with such standouts as Chicago Cubs world champion star TCU’s Jake Arrieta (18-8, 197 strikeouts, 3.10 earned run average), Texas Tech’s Chad Bettis (14-8, 4.79 ERA, 138 strikeouts) while pitching primarily in hitting-rich Coors Field for the Rockies, TCU’s Brandon Finnegan (10-11, 3.98 ERA, 145 strikeouts) with Cincinnati, and Texas Tech’s Nate Karns (6-2, 101 strikeouts) led the way among the healthier mound bunch. In fact, Big 12-affiliated pitchers have 83 or more total victories in each of the last three seasons – a feat last accomplished during the 2009-11 outings.
Among the hitters, steady Matt Carpenter (.271-21 homers-68 RBI) of Texas and the St. Louis Cardinals paced Big 12 alums in home runs while Texas catcher Cameron Rupp of the Phillies had a breakout season with a career-high 16 homers and 54 RBI. Steady 1B Brandon Belt of the Longhorns and San Francisco Giants topped all Big 12 alumni with 82 RBI along with 17 dingers and a .275 average.
The stage appears to be set for at least 34 Big 12 performers to grace opening day/night rosters for MLB squads next week, and several AAA players are on the verge of early callups.
One retirement that brought an era to a close was that of TCU’s Scott Atchison (the last active MLB player to play in the Southwest Conference as a senior in 1996 and 6-0 with the Cleveland Indians in 2014). The 41-year-old Atchison hung up the spikes after a 17-year professional career prior to 2016. Veteran Baylor OF David Murphy, who was one out away from winning a World Series ring with the Texas Rangers against the Cardinals in 2011, also concluded his career in ’16 with 104 home runs and a .274 lifetime batting average over 10 seasons.
DOWN ON THE FARM/2017 NOTES – Oklahoma State’s Corey Brown continues to impress with 42 home runs on the AAA level over the last two seasons. He played with the Los Angeles Dodgers AAA affiliate Oklahoma City and bashed 23 round-trippers last summer. Brown also is a career .271 hitter in spring training games and has demonstrated the ability to run the bases…West Virginia righty David Carpenter (11-11 over five MLB seasons with five different clubs) hopes to make a comeback with the Tampa Bay Rays this spring while Texas-Ex righty Sam LeCure was on the comeback trail with the Dodgers in Oklahoma City in 2016 with a 5-5 record in 31 appearances and 12 starts.
2017 Big 12 Members’ Players on Major League Rosters – Includes DLupdating weekly…
(34 Opening Day, Season Total TBD) – Projected
Arizona Diamondbacks – Evan Marshall, Kansas State
Atlanta Braves – Andrew McKirahan, Texas (disabled list, Tommy John surgery)
Baltimore Orioles – None
Boston Red Sox – Bryan Holaday (traded from Rangers); Ryan Roberts, Texas; Brandon Workman (AA), Texas
Chicago Cubs – Jake Arrieta, TCU; Taylor Teagarden, Texas
Chicago White Sox – None
Cincinnati Reds – Brandon Finnegan, TCU; A.J. Morris, Kansas State
Cleveland Indians – Tom Gorzelanny, Kansas
Colorado Rockies – Chad Bettis, Texas Tech
Detroit Tigers – None
Houston Astros – None
Kansas City Royals – None
Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim – Andrew Heaney, Oklahoma State; Garrett Richards, Oklahoma; Huston Street, Texas
Los Angeles Dodgers – Corey Brown (AAA), Oklahoma State; Sam LeCure (AAA), Texas; J.P. Howell, Texas
Miami Marlins – Andrew Cashner, TCU (traded from San Diego); A.J. Ramos, Texas Tech
Milwaukee Brewers – Chase Anderson, Oklahoma; Sam Freeman, Kansas; Corey Knebel (DL), Texas; Taylor Jungmann, Texas; Carlos Torres, Kansas State
Minnesota Twins – Drew Stubbs, Baylor
New York Mets – Logan Verrett, Baylor
New York Yankees – None
Oakland A’s – Daniel Coulombe, Texas Tech; Colt Hynes, Texas Tech (AAA); Max Muncy, Baylor
Philadelphia Phillies – Taylor Featherston (AAA), TCU; Cameron Rupp, Texas; James Russell, Texas
Pittsburgh Pirates – Jordy Mercer, Oklahoma State
St. Louis Cardinals – Matt Carpenter, TCU; Jedd Gyorko, West Virginia; Tyler Lyons, Oklahoma State
San Diego Padres – None
San Francisco Giants – Brandon Belt, Texas
Seattle Mariners – Nate Karns, Texas Tech
Tampa Bay Rays – David Carpenter (AAA), West Virginia
Texas Rangers – Jordan Danks (AAA); Bryan Holaday (later traded to Red Sox), TCU; Drew Stubbs, Texas; Shawn Tolleson, Baylor
Toronto Blue Jays – None
Washington Nationals – None
Big 12 Conference 2016 Major League Batting (Final)
Player Team Avg. AB R H HR RBI SB
Brandon Belt Giants .275 542 77 149 17 82 0
(Texas)
Corey Brown Dodgers Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma State)
Matt Carpenter Cardinals .271 473 81 128 21 68 0
(TCU)
Taylor Featherston Phillies .115 26 2 3 0 1 2
(TCU)
Jedd Gyorko Cardinals .243 400 58 34 7 19 0
(West Virginia)
Bryan Holaday Rangers-Red Sox .231 117 17 27 2 14 0
(TCU)
Jordy Mercer Pirates .256 519 66 133 11 59 1
(Oklahoma State)
Max Muncy Athletics .186 113 13 21 2 8 0
(Baylor)
Cameron Rupp Phillies .252 419 36 98 16 54 1
(Texas)
Drew Stubbs 3 teams .225 80 13 18 3 7 9
(Texas)
Taylor Teagarden Cubs On non-competition, disabled lists
(Texas)
2016 Totals (36 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 2016 Major League Pitching (Final)
Pitcher Team W-L ERA SV IP H BB SO
Chase Anderson Brewers 9-11 4.39 0 151.2 155 53 120
(Oklahoma)
Jake Arrieta Cubs 18-8 3.10 0 197.1 138 76 190
(TCU)
Chad Bettis Rockies 14-8 4.79 0 186 204 59 138
(Texas Tech)
David Carpenter Rays Reassigned to AAA
(West Virginia)
Andrew Cashner Padres, Marlins 5-11 5.25 0 132 142 60 112
(TCU)
Daniel Coulombe A’s 3-1 4.76 0 68 59 28 69
(Texas Tech)
Brandon Finnegan Reds 10-11 3.98 0 172 150 84 145
(TCU)
Sam Freeman Brewers 0-0 12.91 0 7.2 13 9 8
(Kansas)
Tom Gorzelanny Tigers 1-0 21.00 0 3 4 5 4
(Kansas)
Andrew Heaney Angels 0-1 6.00 0 6 7 0 7
(Oklahoma State)
J.P. Howell Dodgers 1-1 4.09 0 50.2 56 15 44
(Texas)
Colt Hynes A’s Reassigned to AAA
(Texas Tech)
Taylor Jungmann Brewers 0-5 7.76 0 26.2 30 17 18
(Texas)
Nate Karns Mariners 6-2 5.15 1 94.1 95 45 101
(Texas Tech)
Corey Knebel Brewers 1-4 4.68 2 32.2 32 16 38
(Texas)
Sam LeCure Dodgers Reassigned to AAA
(Texas)
Tyler Lyons Cardinals 2-0 3.38 0 48 35 14 46
(Oklahoma State)
Evan Marshall D’Backs 0-1 8.80 0 15.1 28 8 9
(Kansas State)
Daniel McCutchen Padres Reassigned to AAA
(Oklahoma)
Andrew McKirahan Braves Disabled list – Tommy John surgery
(Texas)
A.J. Morris Reds 0-0 6.30 0 10 9 8 9
(Kansas State)
A.J. Ramos Marlins 1-4 2.81 40 64 52 35 73
(Texas Tech)
Garrett Richards Angels 1-3 2.34 0 34.2 31 15 34
(Oklahoma)
James Russell Phillies 0-0 18.69 0 4.1 9 5 4
(Texas)
Huston Street Angels 3-2 6.45 9 22.1 31 12 14
(Texas)
Shawn Tolleson Rangers 2-2 7.68 11 36.1 53 10 29
(Baylor)
Carlos Torres Brewers 3-3 2.73 2 82.1 65 30 78
(Kansas State)
Logan Verrett Rangers/Mets 3-8 5.20 0 91.2 100 43 66
(Baylor)
Brandon Workman Red Sox On rehab assignment in minors
(Texas)
2016 Totals 83-85 5.24 65 1,498.1 1,503 550 1,296
2015 Totals 114-97 4.23 114 2,015.2 1,852 690 1,814
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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