Texas Tech Baseball Midseason Grades

Weston WIlson takes a look at the Red Raiders and grades them on their performances up to this point of the season.

Exactly halfway through conference games, Texas Tech has found itself at a crossroads.  Tech is 3-10 in conference and has a crucial series that is as close to a must win series as they've seen all year, against Oklahoma State in Stillwater this weekend.  With 11 more conference games left, these grades tell the story of an up and down season so far in 2012.


Tim Proudfoot


The freshman out of North Bend, Washington has been one of the biggest contributors both offensively and defensively in 2012.


Proudfoot has started and played in 38 games this year and has embraced his role as a starter and contributor for the Red Raiders.  With 2 homeruns on the season, Proudfoot ties for second on the team in homeruns and is tied for third in both doubles and triples with 11 and 4 respectively. 


Proudfoot has quick hands in the box and turns double plays effectively but can work on limiting his nine errors on the field, which will come with experience. The freshman looks to be a solid short stop for the Red Raiders and will only improve as he matures.


Grade: B+


Barrett Barnes


Barnes has been a known entity in Lubbock since he played his first game at Dan Law Field in 2010.  This year has been no different as Barnes as he is tied for the most hits, leads the team in doubles (14), homeruns (six) and runs batted in (40). 


Barnes is a versatile player as he has speed around the bases and in the outfield along with power in the box.  Defensively, Barnes is solid and has committed just one error in center field and has a .983 fielding percentage.


The Red Raiders will sorely miss Barnes in 2013 as he is expected to be drafted fairly high in next years draft.


Grade: A-


Jamodrick McGruder


Much like Barnes, McGruder is well known and has been a key player the last two seasons as a speedy leadoff hitter.  McGruder leads the team in runs (43), triples (7) and stolen bases (28).


McGruder is such a valuable leadoff player because of his incredible quickness and base running skills.  With a .522 on base percentage and 38 walks, he proves that he can do his job to get on base, and will score one way or another.


Although he is a great asset around the bases, defensively McGruder has at times been a liability at second base.  McGruder leads the team in errors with 10 and the lowest fielding percentage of all the regular starters at .934.


Grade: B-


Bo Altobelli


The junior out of Plano has had a very productive year at the plate in 2012.  In 38 starts, Altobelli has a .344 batting average, is tied for first with 52 hits and is tied for second on the team with two homeruns. 


Defensively, Altobelli has been solid and shows great awareness around the field and is a great defensive catcher with an impressive .992 fielding percentage. 


Altobelli will be a crucial defensive component for the Red Raiders if they are to improve during the second half of the Big 12 schedule and can be a major difference maker.


Grade: B


Scott LeJeune


LeJeune has been a serviceable first baseman for the Red Raiders in 2012 and has a team high .993 fielding percentage with only three errors on the year.  On the offensive side, LeJeune has been solid as well with a .323 batting average and is second on the team with 50 hits on the year.


The redshirt junior is a veteran on the field, is looked at for leadership and has bounced back after personal problems in 2011 held him back.  Look for LeJeune to continue to be a leader in the second half of the Big 12 season.


Grade: B+


Brennan Moore


Moore has played left field for the majority of the 2012 season and has had an up and down season.  In 35 starts, Moore has chalked up a somewhat disappointing .254 batting average with only 10 runs batted in.


Moore has been sound defensively to make up for his sub-par batting average and RBIs.  The junior has committed only two errors all year and has a .969 fielding percentage. 


For this team to be successful against top tier pitchers, Moore needs to step up at the plate and become a more reliable batter in the remaining Big 12 games. 


Grade: C


Bryant Burleson


Like Tim Proudfoot, Burleson has stepped up as a freshman and filled the void at third base after senior leader Reid Redman fractured his foot earlier in the season.


Burleson does not have great offensive stats, but has come up big in certain games.  Most notably, Burleson looked like a seasoned veteran when he had a clutch two RBI single to right field to upset the University of Texas on April 7th.


Burleson has also been solid, especially for a freshman on defense.  In 30 starts, Burleson has made just four errors and has a .972 fielding percentage. 


Grade: C+


Duke von Schamann


von Schamann has single handedly kept Tech afloat in 2012 with five strong wins under his belt.  With an impressive 1.76 ERA, von Schamann has for the most part dominated his opponents. 


The redshirt sophomore leads the team in ERA, innings pitched (66.1) and strikeouts (47).  Needless to say, von Schamann has been an incredibly important asset on the mound for the Red Raiders in 2012.


In order to make a run at the post season, von Schamann will need to continue his efforts in his remaining starts as well as pitch a win in the Big 12 tournament on May 23-27.


Grade: A


John Neely


After an impressive 2011 campaign where he was an All American third team selection and went 9-1 on the season, Neely has came back down to earth in 2012.


In 35.1 innings pitched, Neely has a 4.58 ERA and is 3-4 on the year.  On a positive note, Neely does have 21 strikeouts and only eight walks.


Neely needs to improve his ERA and become a bigger leader on the team in order for Tech to have a solid number two pitcher as the season is closing. Neely could be a big factor in whether the Red Raiders have success or not in the second half of Big 12 play.


Grade: D+

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