LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Tech junior shortstop Kelby Tomlinson (Elgin, Okla.) was drafted in the 12th round (387th overall) of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.
The Red Raiders have now had at least one player drafted in 24 consecutive drafts dating back to 1988. Tech is one of three Big 12 programs to have at least one player drafted in the top 14 rounds every year since the conference was formed and began play in 1997.
Tomlinson is the highest drafted Red Raider shortstop since 2005 (Cameron Blair – 6th round – Pittsburgh Pirates). He was the 13th overall pick for the Giants in this year's draft and marked its third middle infielder taken (all shortstops).
Tomlinson, a transfer from Seward County CC, was an All-Big 12 second team pick in 2011 and was one of 25 shortstops in the country named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List (nation's top shortstop).
In his first season at Tech, Tomlinson led the team in at-bats (218), hits (67), RBI (43) and two-out RBI (18) while batting .307 (67-for-218) with 42 runs, seven doubles, two triples, one home run, 39 walks and was 21-of-29 in stolen bases.
Tomlinson became one of the top fielding shortstops in the country while ending the season with 24 consecutive games without committing an error. It marked the longest errorless streak by a Tech middle infielder/third baseman in over 10 years. In fact, Tomlinson made just one error in his last 33 games of the season. He tallied only two errors in 27 Big 12 Conference games (.985 fielding percentage).
His 212 assists are the most by a Red Raider since 2001 and rank fourth in Texas Tech single-season history. Tomlinson's .538 batting average with the bases loaded was the best by a Red Raider since 2004 (Cameron Blair - .571).