Two Red Raider pitchers were selected in the ninth and tenth rounds of the 2018 MLB Draft. Junior RHP Ryan Shetter was drafted by the Atlanta Braves as the 262nd overall pick and Jose Quezada will join sophomore Grant Little with the San Diego Padres as the 291st overall pick.
Ryan Shetter Stats
Shetter has made a total of 53 appearances for the Red Raiders in his three seasons, with 16 of those getting the start. This year, Shetter has become one of the team’s top pitchers with a 2.97 ERA over 19 appearances and eight starts.
His record is 5-0 with three saves, and he has pitched a total of 63.2 innings, giving up 47 hits, 21 earned runs, 26 walks and 69 strikeouts. Opposing teams are only hitting .203 off of Shetter. He was also on the team when the Red Raiders made their second CWS appearance and won two back-to-back Big 12 titles.
Shetter joins former Red Raiders Tyler Neslony and Matt Custred as Texas Tech players to be drafted by the Braves in recent years.
Jose Quezada Stats
Quezada transferred to Texas Tech from Howard College for the 2017 season. At Howard College in 2015, he put together a 9-1 record with three saves and struck out 59 batters in 63.2 innings. During his time there, he also received All-Conference and All-Region honors.
In Quezada’s first year with the Red Raiders, he appeared in 24 games and accumulated a 3.55 ERA in 38 innings pitched. Quezada struck out 52, walked 16, and allowed 15 earned runs on 33 hits. Opposing players had a batting average of .236 against him. He had a 6-4 record with four saves.
In the 2018 season, Quezada leads the Red Raider pitching staff in ERA with 1.99 over 31.2 innings pitched. He is 4-2 on the year with a total of two saves. In his 19 appearances on the mound, Quezada has given up 15 hits, seven earned runs, 18 walks, all while striking out 38. Opposing batters are hitting .139 off of Quezada.
In case you missed it, Grant Little was drafted 74th overall by the San Diego Padres in the first round and Steven Gingery was selected 123rd overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth round.
Davis Martin was selected in the 14th round while Ty Harpenau was taken two rounds later and Caleb Killilan was taken in the 20th. A string of Red Raiders were then taken in the mid-20s, with Cody Farhat going in the 23rd round, Michael Davis in the 24th, and Dylan Dusek and Zach Rheams getting selected in the 27th.
This is a record number of players selected in the MLB draft in school history. Congrats to all the Red Raiders who got drafted!