Baseball America's 2010 June MLB draft preview hit my mailbox today, and Texas Tech is well represented.
Chad Bettis, Tech's ace right-hander and product of Monterey, is listed as the 16th top right-handed pitching prospect and worthy of a first-round selection, according to BA's experts. The only other Big 12 pitcher, right or left-handed, listed as a first-round prospect is Texas' Brandon Workman at No. 8 among right-handers.
That means Bettis is ranked ahead of the majority Texas' outstanding staff as well as anyone else from A&M, Baylor, OU or Kasas State.
It's time for all the wouldas, couldas and shouldas to stop. Chad Bettis won't be getting a surprise reprieve from the Big 12.
Tech has to go into Nebraska now and get as many wins as possible without its ace, and prove to the NCAA that it is more than just one pitcher. Tech (27-24, 13-11) opens its final league series against Nebraska (24-27, 7-17) on Friday needing as many wins as possible to polish its NCAA postseason resume.
That will be a tall task for the Red Raiders, who have just one Big 12 victory that Bettis did not factor into.
Nothing is official at this point, but it appears all signs are pointing toward the suspension of Texas Tech right-hander Chad Bettis being upheld.
Bettis was suspended four games after behing ejected for hitting Baylor catcher Gregg Glime in the back during Sunday's 12-5 loss to the Bears on Sunday.
As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, Texas Tech still had not heard back from the Big 12 Conference regarding its appeal of the suspension of ace right-handed reliever Chad Bettis.
Bettis was suspended 4 games after his ejection by umpire "Lightning" Ken McQueen from Sunday's 12-5 loss to Baylor for hitting Bears catcher Gregg Glime in the back after Max Muncy blasted a 3-run home run. Glime's grand slam an inning prior had given Baylor a 6-3 lead.
We're about 15 minutes from first pitch as Tech and A&M wind up their Big 12 series here at Olsen Field. Tech needs a win to avoid the sweep, and just to get their minds right after last night's tough loss.
Tech has changed the defensive order and lineup a bit. Kevin Whithead has been hitting the ball well lately and stays in the lineup as the DH, and injuries to Justin Berry and Nick Popescu have given Bo Altobelli the start at third.
Here are the lineups:
1. Jamodrick McGruder, 2B
2. Joey Kenworthy, SS
3. Michael Reed, RF
4. Barrett Barnes, 1B
About 10 years ago I covered Tech-A&M baseball at Olsen Field and it was the coldest I've ever been at a baseball game.
If not for A&M SID guru Matt Simon, today would have topped that. Luckily, Matty made room for us in the enclosed press box to shield us from the 40-degree, 10,000-mph wind blowing through College Station right now. The players, not so lucky.
Tech is hoping to rebound from yesterday's disappointing 6-3 loss to the Aggies in which the Red Raiders gave up four unearned runs due to 3 errors.
As chosen by the media and others at the tournament this weekend.
Catcher: Jeremy Mayo, Texas Tech
First base: Mike Dufek, Michigan
Second base: Anthony Toth, Michigan
Shortstop: Joey Kenworthy, Texas Tech
Third base: Nick Popescu, Texas Tech
Left field: Michael Reed, Texas Tech
Center field: Taylor Ashby, Texas Tech
Right field: Barrett Barnes, Texas Tech
Designated hitter: Coley Crank, Michigan
Starting pitcher (2): Chad Bettis, Texas Tech; Louis Head, Texas Tech
Relief pitcher: Brett Bruening, Texas Tech
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Barrett Barnes, OF, Texas Tech
The first weekend for Texas Tech baseball is in the books and it was a good one. Tech is off to a 4-0 start thanks to wins of 18-5 over Michigan and 11-8 over Jacksonville State.
It is just the third time since 1999, but the second year in a row, that the Red Raiders open the season 4-0. But, like DH Scotty LeJeune said, there's something different about this one. Sure, the Red Raiders can hit, as they did to the tune of 41 runs on 47 hits.
The sun is starting to break through and blue skies are on the horizon as the Tech baseball team winds up play in the Red Radier Classic with a DH against Michigan and Jacksonville State.
The first two days provided a glimps of the top end of Tech's pitching. Now we get to see just how deep it will be. Louis Head, who was just 1-4 wth a 6-plus ERA as a freshman, gets the start in the opener against the Wolverines. But I suspect we'll also see plenty of guys like Jordan Stern, Ben Flora, Scott Erzinger, Brandon Petite an the like.
Jacksonville State and Michigan are running long in the first game of the Red Raider Classic, which is pushing back Tech's starting time vs. JSU from 4 p.m.
The game will start approximately 30 minutes after the end of this game, which as of 4:08 p.m. was in the top of the eighth.
As soon as the game is over and I get lineups for the Tech-Jacksonville State game, we'll begin the live coverage.
UPDATE, 4:45 P.M.
First game just ended at 4:35, Michigan winning 19-11. Tech and Jacksonville State will start at 5:05 p.m.