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Oklahomans in Major League Baseball

With spring training getting underway, Mike Baldwin takes a look at the Oklahomans in Major League Baseball.
by Michael Baldwin Published: February 16, 2013
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SS Pete Kozma (Owasso): Pressed into a starting role after Rafael Furcal's elbow injury, Kozma responded. He hit only .232 in Triple-A in more than 400 at bats but batted .333 in 72 late-season at bats with St. Louis. He also supplied some clutch postseason highlights. The plan is he will fill a utility role.

SEATTLE

Coach Mike Brumley, Southeast, Tulsa Union): Enters his 29th year in pro baseball, his third year as first base coach with Seattle.

TAMPA BAY

DH Luke Scott (OSU): Once again battled injuries but slammed 14 HRs with 55 RBIs in 314 at bats in first season in Tampa Bay. Re-signed with the Rays.

P Jamey Wright (Westmoore): The 38-year-old right-hander continues to extend his career. He went 5-3 with 3.72 ERA with Dodgers last season. He signed a minor league deal with the Rays similar to his spring training audition last year in LA.

TORONTO

P Josh Johnson (Jenks): The 29-year-old right-hander has lost a little velocity and went 8-14 (3.81 ERA) with the Marlins. He was traded to the revamped Jays, and Toronto is counting on him to bounce back if the Bluejays want to be a serious competitor.

WASHINGTON

1B Adam LaRoche (Seminole Juco): A 33-year-old veteran, LaRoche hit .271 with 33 homers, 100 RBIs. It helped him earn a hefty two-year $24 million deal, re-signing with the Nationals.

Other notable players with Oklahoma ties

Additional players with Oklahoma ties, including veterans hoping to return to the majors and prospects trying to work their way up the minor league ladder.

SS Jason Bartlett (OU): Hampered by a knee injury, 33-year-old free agent is a career .271 hitter but he hit .133 in 29 games last season.

P Clayton Blackburn (Edmond Santa Fe), SF: Standout season in Class A (8-4, 2.54 ERA) has moved him to a top 10 prospect in the Giants organization.

P Archie Bradley (Arizona): First-round pick in 2011 — No. 7 overall — was a workhorse in Class A (12-6, 3.84 in 136 innings) in his first full pro season.

OF Corey Brown (OSU), Washington: A late-season call up (25 at bats) after hitting .285 with 25 HRs, 71 RBIs in Triple-A.

C Ryan Budde (OSU): The 33-year-old veteran spent most of last season in Triple-A, helping lead Reno Aces (Arizona) to the PCL title.

P Dylan Bundy (Owasso), Baltimore: The No. 4 overall pick in 2011 dominated in the minors (9-3, 2.08 ERA) and is on the fast track to the majors.

3B Josh Fields (Stillwater, OSU), Philadelphia: Solid season (.322, 13 HRs, 71 RBIs) with Dodgers' Triple-A team but felt he had a better shot to get back to majors with the Phillies.

P Michael Fulmer (Deer Creek), NY Mets: Late first-round sandwich pick in 2011 got off to solid start (7-6, 2.74 in 108 IP) in Class A in his first full pro season.

P Andrew Heaney (Putnam City, OSU), Miami: A first-round pick in 2012 he received a $2.6 million signing bonus.

P Ty Hensley (Edm. Santa Fe), NY Yankees: Late first-round pick in 2012 received a $1.1 million signing bonus.

P Chad James (Yukon), Miami: This is a pivotal year for the 2009 first-round pick (6-10 with 4.87 ERA last year in Class A).

P Austin Kirk (Owasso), Cubs: Third-round pick in 2009 pitched well (9-3, 3.12 overall) to reach Double-A late last season.

P Andy Oliver (OSU), Pittsburgh: New opportunity for 25-year-old lefty. He's a starter but might end up a reliever. He was traded to the Pirates after 5-9, 4.88 ERA season with Detroit's Triple-A team.

P Red Patterson (Southwestern), Dodgers: 16th round pick is on the radar as a reliever after a 7-1, 3.07 ERA season in Double-A.

C Jake Realmuto (Carl Albert), Miami: Former third-round pick advanced to Class A last season, hitting .256 with eight HRs, 46 RBIs.

P Scott Richmond (OSU): The 33-year-old free agent spent most of last season in Triple-A, posting a 5.61 ERA in 134 innings.

2B Freddy Sanchez (OCU): Career is in limbo following back surgery. Three-time All-Star, career .297 hitter. The 35-year-old vet missed the 2012 season.

Note: If you know a player with Oklahoma ties not on any of the lists e-mail Mike Baldwin at mbaldwin@opubco.com

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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