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Big 12 Connections in the 2012 MLB Postseason
October 05, 2012
Current Big 12 member institutions are represented on nine of the 10 teams in the Major League Baseball postseason with a total of 14 Big 12 alumni in this season's playoffs. Texas has five former student-athletes represented on postseason teams.

John Russell, Oklahoma, Bench Coach
• Played three seasons of baseball at the University of Oklahoma.
• Was a member of the1981 USA College All-Star team and held records at Oklahoma for homers in a season (20) and career (48) at the time of graduation.

Jake Arrieta, TCU, RHP
• Was the first TCU player selected to play for Team USA (2006).
• Posted a 9-3 record with a 3.01 ERA in 2007 earning All-Mountain West Conference honors.
• Transferred to TCU for his sophomore season in 2006, going 14-4 with a 2.35 ERA and earning a share of the MW Pitcher of the Year award.

Taylor Teagarden, Texas, C
• Spent three seasons at the University of Texas, posting a .305 average with 22 home runs and 125 RBI in 198 games.
• Was starting catcher on the Longhorns' 2005 College World Series championship team that defeated Florida.

Omar Quintanilla, Texas, SS
• Played three seasons from 2001-2003, winning a national title in 2002.
• Named the third baseman on the All-College World Series team.
• Was a Freshman All-America selection by Baseball America in 2001 and the Big 12 Freshman Player of the Year after hitting .367.
• Honored as an All-Big 12 selection in 2001 and 2003.
• Played for Team USA in 2001.
• Tied for second in the NCAA with 29 doubles in 2003, as the Longhorns also advanced to the College World Series that year.

Sam LeClure, Texas, RHP
• First round (8th overall) pick in 2006.
• Named the 2006 Big 12 Co-Player of the Year and 2004 Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
• Three-time First Team All-Big 12 (2004-06).
• Garnered 2006 Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Second Team All-America honors.

Drew Stubbs, Texas, OF
• Was a three-time All-America selection.
• Named the 2006 Big 12 Co-Player of the Year.
• Honored as a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award in 2006.

Bryan Holaday, TCU, C
• A three-time All-Mountain West Conference honoree (2008-10), hitting over .300 each year.
• Hit .355 with 72 runs scored, 24 doubles, a triple, 17 home runs and 53 RBI in 68 games during his senior season.
• In 2010, won the Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the top catcher in collegiate baseball.

Rob Thomson, Kansas, Third Base Coach
• Attended the University of Kansas and was selected in the 32nd round of the 1985 draft by the Detroit Tigers.

Dallas Braden, Texas Tech, RHP (60-day DL)
• Ranked sixth in the Big 12 in 2004 with 90 strikeouts over 16 games started.

Brandon Belt, Texas, INF
• Led Longhorns to College World Series in 2009 after pacing team in batting average (.319).
• Earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2008, batted .321 with 14 HRs and 108 RBI in 124 games in his two seasons at Texas.

Sam Freeman, Kansas, LHP
• Played at the University of Kansas after two years at North Central Texas College.

Matt Carpenter, TCU, OF
• Left as the TCU career leader in games played (241) and at-bats (843) and was a three-time Mountain West Conference selection.

David Murphy, Baylor, OF
• Originally selected by Boston in the first round (17th overall) of the 2003 draft, acquired by Texas in 2007.
• In three seasons at Baylor, hit .346 with 147 runs, 44 doubles, 22 home runs and 142 RBI.
• Named first team All-America by the NCBWA and first team All-Big 12 as a junior batting .413 with 11 homers and 67 RBI while also setting a Big 12 record with 121 hits.

Scott Coolbaugh, Texas, Batting Coach
• Was originally selected by the Rangers in the third round of the 1987 June draft after an All-American career at the University of Texas.

Corey Brown, Oklahoma State, OF
• Named the 2005 Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
• Ranked in the Big 12's top 5 in four statistical categories in 2007, including first in runs scored and second in home runs.

Big 12 alumni in the MLB postseason from departed member institutions:
• Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers, Missouri
• Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers, Missouri
• Joba Chamberlain, New York Yankees, Nebraska
• Brandon Hicks, Oakland A's, Texas A&M
• Cliff Pennington, Oakland A's, Texas A&M

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