After an unfortunate season that ended in the sad way, MLB organizations showed to appreciate what these Red Raiders have done in recent years, as five different teams decided to bet on Texas Tech players in the 2017 draft.
We are far away from the 10-draftees record of 2016, but our guys began to impress early in their professional careers and already obtained some encouraging results. Let’s have a quick look at their performances.
Parker Mushinski (LHP, Round 7, Houston Astros)
Our top pick was selected by the Astros and assigned to the Tri-City ValleyCats, their Short-Season A affiliates. Mushinski immediately began to execute the right way, as in 7 games he already has a 3-0 record, with a 1.62 ERA, mainly as a reliever.
He allowed only 3 runs over 16.2 innings, with 9 bases on ball, 20 strikeouts, and limiting opponents to an AVG of .175. Undoubtedly Parker began his professional career in an interesting way and is one of the best pitchers on his team yet.
Tanner Gartner (OF, Round 9, Texas Rangers)
After spending two seasons in Lubbock, Tanner was selected by the other Texas team in the MLB. The Rangers showed immediately to firmly believe in their new outfielder and made him skip many steps, assigning him to their Full-A affiliates, the Hickory Crawdads.
Despite a very competitive league and joining a team that was already in full swing, Tanner found his playing time and is batting .244, with 1 home run and 9 RBIs. Gartner has a fairly high number of strikeouts (21 in 82 plate appearances), but gained also 8 bases on ball, so his OBP is at a promising .319.
Jacob Patterson (LHP, Round 13, St. Louis Cardinals)
Another important part of our bullpen, Jacob was selected by the Cards and assigned to their Rookie class affiliates, the Johnson City Cardinals. We can note that Saint Louis opted for a softer approach for Patterson, and the results are awesome.
Jacob was selected to be the closer, and he hasn’t disappointed yet as he appeared in 13 games and earned 7 saves, without allowing earned runs. He maintains his immaculate ERA of 0.00 over 15.2 innings in which he struck out 23 batters and allowed only one base on balls. Wonderful job!
Orlando Garcia (SS, Round 15, San Francisco Giants)
We’ll remember Orlando for his 13 home runs in his final season in Lubbock, and surely he didn’t forget how to go deep, as he has already hit two of them in his brief period with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, the Short-Season Class A affiliates of the San Francisco Giants.
Garcia is hitting .287 in his first season, with 14 RBIs, and has an outstanding OBP percentage of .379, mainly because of the 10 bases on balls. He is not striking out so much for his standards (19 in 103 plate appearances), but he hasn’t obtained a stolen base yet, as he is 0/3 on the season.
Hunter Hargrove (1B, Round 25, Oakland Athletics)
The last of 2017 draftees was selected by the A’s and was sent to their Short-Season Class A affiliates. In this context, Hunter performed well, as he hit .299 with 13 RBIs. He gained 4 bases on ball and had 11 strikeouts.
His performances have been appreciated by the team and Hargrove was recently promoted to the Vermont Lake Monsters, Short-A Season. For what it’s worth, he went 0/4 in his first game with the new team, but the important thing is the promotion to the upper level after only a month in the organization.