Big 12 Connections in the 2012 MLB Postseason
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 10/05/2012
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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.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES
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.

CINCINNATI REDS
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.

DETROIT TIGERS
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.

NEW YORK YANKEES
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.

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

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
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.

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
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.

TEXAS RANGERS
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.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS
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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