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Red Raiders in the MLB: Bettis dealing, Tomlin struggles

Three former Texas Tech baseball players are currently on active rosters. How are they performing early in the season?

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Texas Tech has three former Red Raider baseball players currently on active MLB rosters. These three players are: Chad Bettis - Colorado Rockies, Josh Tomlin – Cleveland Indians, and Daniel Coulombe – Oakland Athletics. There are more Red Raiders sprinkled throughout the MLB and minor league teams, as well.

Chad Bettis – Colorado Rockies

Bettis has started in 12 games this season, putting together a 4-1 record. In 71.2 innings pitched, Bettis has given up 32 earned runs on 67 hits. He has collected 47 strikeouts, walked 22 and accumulated an ERA of 4.02. Opposing batters are hitting .250 off of Bettis.

Last year, Bettis successfully beat cancer, and in his first game back with the Rockies, pitched seven scoreless innings.

Bettis was selected 76th overall in the 2010 MLB Draft. The Colorado Rockies are currently in fourth place in the NL West with a 32-33 record.

Josh Tomlin – Cleveland Indians

Tomlin has appeared in 12 games, starting in six. So far, his record is 0-4 and his ERA is 7.43. In 36.1 innings, he has given up 30 earned runs on 50 hits while striking out 20 and walking seven. Opponents are hitting 3.14 off Tomlin.

Tomlin was picked 581st overall by the Indians in the 2010 draft. The Indians are currently in first place in the AL Central with a 35-29 record.

Daniel Coulombe – Oakland Athletics

On April 27, the Athletics recalled Coulombe from the Nashville Sounds. Since then, he has appeared in 22 games. Coulombe has a 1-1 record with a 4.79 ERA in 20.2 innings pitched. He has given up 19 hits and 11 earned runs, walked eight and struck out 24 batters, who are hitting .260 off of him.

Coulombe was the 776th overall pick in the 2012 to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who traded Coulombe to the Athletics in 2015. The Athletics are currently in fourth place in the AL West with a 34-32 record.

Other Red Raider Notables:

A.J. Ramos – New York Mets

Ramos was drafted 638th overall in 2009 by the Florida Marlins (now the Miami Marlins). The Marlins traded Ramos on July 30, 2017 to the New York Mets. On May 28, Ramos was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a right shoulder strain and is still on it. As a result, Ramos is currently not on the active roster but is still on the 40-Man roster.

Before his shoulder strain, Ramos posted a 2-2 record over 28 appearances and 19.2 innings pitched. He has a 6.41 ERA and has given up 14 earned runs on 17 hits. Ramos walked 15, struck out 22 and opposing batters are hitting .236 off of him. The Mets are currently in fourth place in the NL East with a 28-34 record.

Kelby Tomlinson – San Francisco Giants

Tomlinson is currently on the 40-man roster for the San Francisco Giants. On June 5, he was assigned to the Sacramento River Cats, a Triple-A minor league team, from the San Jose Giants. Prior to this, Tomlinson played in 45 games for San Francisco, collecting 24 hits on 106 at bats. Tomlinson has a .226 batting averages and nine RBIs, with an on-base percentage of .336.

He has played multiple positions for San Francisco, such as shortstop, outfield, second and third base, putting together an average fielding percentage of .976.

For the River Cats, Tomlinson has 13 at bats over three games and is hitting .231. He has played at second base over two games and has made zero errors in 18 innings of play.

Tomlinson was selected by the Giants as the 387th overall pick in the 2011 draft. The Giants are currently in third place in the NL West with a 33-33 record.

Nathan Karns – Kansas City Royals

Last season, Karns had thoracic outlet syndrome surgery and was placed on the 60-day disabled list after appearing nine times on the mound for the Royals. This season, Karns is still on the 60-day disabled list, which makes him temporarily not a part of the 40-man roster. In 2009, Karns was drafted 352nd overall to the Washington Nationals. Karns has been with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Seattle Mariners before being traded to the Royals in 2017.

Throughout his MLB career, Karns has put together a 16-11 record and a 4.37 ERA, appeared in 63 games, started in 54 and has one save. He’s given up 151 earned runs on 292 hits and struck out 321.

The Royals are currently in last place in the AL Central with a 22-44 record.

Shane Broyles – Albuquerque Isotopes (Colorado Rockies)

In 2017, Broyles was assigned to the Albuquerque Isotopes, a Triple-A minor league team, from the Hartford Yard Goats. On Jan. 29, he was invited to the Rockies’ spring training. With the Isotopes, he has 2-1 record over 22 game appearances. His ERA is 5.17 and in 31.1 innings, has given up 18 earned runs on 33 hits. He has stuck out 36, walked 13 and holds opponents to a .280 batting average.

Broyles was selected in the 14th round by the Rockies in the 2012 MLB Draft.

Hunter Hargrove – Beloit Snappers (Oakland Athletics)

On April 15, Hargrove moved from the Vermont Lake Monsters to the Beloit Snappers, a Class A minor league team. Hargrove has played in 51 games primarily at first base and even pitched two innings. In those two innings, Hargrove gave up two earned runs on three hits and struck out one.

At first base, his fielding percentage is .992 and he has only made three errors. Hargrove’s batting is still red-hot since his time at Texas Tech. In 187 at bats, he has a .294 batting average with 23 RBIs. He recently hit three home runs with seven RBIs in one game for the Snappers, helping the team win 10-5.

Hargrove was selected by the Athletics in the 25th round of the 2017 MLB Draft.

Jacob Patterson – Palm Beach Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals)

On April 4, Patterson was moved from the Johnson City Cardinals to the Palm Beach Cardinals, a Class-A-Advanced minor league team. He has put together a 3-1 record and one save over 21 games played. Patterson’s ERA is 2.70, and in 26.2 innings pitched, he has given up eight earned runs on 18 hits while walking 10 and striking out 23. Opponents are batting only .188 off of him. Patterson was selected in the 13th round of the 2017 draft.

Robert Dugger – Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Miami Marlins)

Dugger was drafted in the 18th round by the Seattle Mariners in the 2016 MLB Draft. In December 2017, he was traded to the Miami Marlins and was recently assigned to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, a Class Double-A minor league team, from the Jupiter Hammerheads.

During his time in the minor league, he has acquired an 11-9 record, one complete game and four saves over 53 appearances and 34 starts. He has an ERA of 3.28, giving up 78 earned runs on 204 hits and has stuck out 202 batters while walking only 59. Opponents bat .248 off of Dugger.

Parker Mushinski – Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston Astros)

In March, Mushinski was moved from the Tri-City ValleyCats to the Quad Cities River Bandits, a Class-A minor league team in the Midwest League. During his minor league career, he has posted a 5-2 record over 24 appearances and 11 starts. His ERA is 2.82 in 76.2 innings pitched and he has allowed 24 earned runs on 58 hits. Mushinski has struck out 96, walked 42 and kept batters to a .209 average.

Mushinski was recently selected to play in the Midwest League All-Star game on June 19. He was drafted by the Astros in the seventh round of the 2017 MLB Draft.

Hayden Howard – Potomac Nationals (Washington Nationals)

Howard was assigned to the Potomac Nationals, a Class-A Advanced minor league team, on April 4. He has appeared in 14 games so far and has a 2-1 record with a 5.32 ERA. He has given up 14 earned runs on 24 hits in 23.2 innings, while walking 11 and striking out 24. Opposing teams hit .276 off of Howard. He was selected in the 12th round of the 2016 draft to the Washington Nationals.

Matt Custred – Mobile BayBears (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)

Custred was picked up in the 31st round of the 2015 draft by the Atlanta Braves, but was released in early 2018; the Los Angeles Angels signed him to a minor league contract 11 days later. On April 19, Custred was assigned to the Mobile BayBears, a Double-A affiliate of the Angels, from the Inland Empire 66ers.

He has appeared in 15 games, starting in one, and has put together a 1-2 record with four saves. In 25.2 innings pitched, he has given up seven earned runs on 13 hits, walked 17 and struck out 24. Custred has a 2.45 ERA and opponents are hitting .153 off of him.

Red Raiders drafted in the 2018 MLB Draft:

Grant Little – San Diego Padres, 74th overall pick in the Competitive Balance Round B round.

Steven Gingery – St. Louis Cardinals, 123rd overall pick in the fourth round.

Ryan Shetter – Atlanta Braves, 262nd overall pick in the ninth round.

Jose Quezada – San Diego Padres, 291st overall pick in the tenth round.

Davis Martin – Chicago White Sox, 408th overall pick in the 14th round.

Ty Harpenau – Atlanta Braves, 472nd overall pick in the 16th round.

Caleb Kilian – Baltimore Orioles, 595th overall pick in the 20th round.

Cody Farhat – Cleveland Indians, 703rd overall pick in the 23rd round.

Michael Davis - Minnesota Twins, 724th overall pick in the 24th round.

Dylan Dusek – San Francisco Giants, 796th overall pick in the 27th round.

Zach Rheams, New York Mets, 800th overall pick in the 27th round.