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After seven seasons in minor league baseball, former Texas Tech left-handed pitcher Colt Hynes (2006-2007) has been called up to the big leagues to join the San Diego Padres. Hynes was promoted from Triple-A Tucson earlier this morning.
Hynes, 28, had his contract purchased today by the Padres who drafted Hynes following his senior season at Texas Tech in 2007 in the 31st round of the Major League Baseball Draft.
Hynes has been activated and will be available for the Padres during their final game of a seven-game homestand against San Francisco, which is also the final day of the first-half of the MLB season prior to the all-star break.
First pitch for today's series finale with the Giants is set for 3:10 p.m. CT.
Hynes will become the second Red Raider this year – and 25th all-time – to make their MLB debut. He will be the sixth Red Raider to make it to the big leagues over the last four years and will become the 18th Texas Tech player to make a debut since 2000.
Hynes pitched two seasons at Tech following a junior-college career at North Central Texas College. He led Tech with a 2.93 ERA in 2006 while going 5-3 with two complete games and two saves with 70.2 innings pitched and 39 strikeouts.
During his two-year career, Hynes went 8-9 with a 4.56 ERA in 38 appearances (22 starts) with three complete games, two saves, 154.0 innings pitched, 94 strikeouts and 34 walks allowed.
Perhaps his top performance as a Red Raider came as a senior in 2007 when he delivered a complete-game 4-1 victory over No. 23 TCU at the Whataburger Classic in Corpus Christi with a career-high 11 strikeouts on his way to being named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week along with being named to the Whataburger Classic All-Tournament Team.
Hynes, who made 10 relief outings in Double-A before joining Tucson (Triple-A) earlier this season, has made a combined 41 appearances this season with a 2-0 record and 1.52 ERA with four saves. He has pitched 47.1 innings with 58 strikeouts and has allowed just two walks.
Hynes first made it to the Triple-A level in 2011 following one and a half seasons in Double-A San Antonio. He spent parts of two seasons (2009-2010) in Class-A advanced in the California League pitching for Lake Elsinore after spending a year and a half (2008-09) in Single-A Fort Wayne pitching in the Midwest League. Hynes' first pro campaign was in Short-Season A pitching for the Eugene Emeralds in the Northwest League after being selected in the 2007 MLB Draft.
In seven minor-league seasons, Hynes is 21-25 with a 3.59 ERA in 323 appearances (21 starts) with 13 saves and 501.1 innings pitched with 396 strikeouts and just 118 walks allowed.
Hynes recently pitched on back-to-back days (July 12-13) throwing a scoreless inning on Friday with a strikeout and allowing a run on one hit last night in 0.2 innings pitched.
Texas Tech has at least one player from four consecutive MLB Drafts that have reached the big leagues (2006-2009), including two in 2006 (Josh Tomlin, Dustin Richardson). In addition, the Red Raiders' 2006 pitching staff now has four members that have reached the big leagues (Hynes, Dustin Richardson, Josh Tomlin and A.J. Ramos).
TEXAS TECH PLAYERS MAKING MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT:
Colt Hynes (2006-07) – Called up 7/14/13 – San Diego Padres (LHP)
Nathan Karns (2008-09) - MLB Debut 5/28/13 - Washington Nationals (RHP)
AJ Ramos (2006-09) - MLB Debut 9/4/12 - Miami Marlins (RHP)
Zach Stewart (2008) - MLB Debut 6/16/12 - Toronto Blue Jays (RHP)
Josh Tomlin (2006) - MLB Debut 7/27/10 - Cleveland Indians (RHP)
Dustin Richardson (2005-06) - MLB Debut 9/28/09 - Boston Red Sox (LHP)
Dallas Braden (2004) - MLB Debut 4/24/07 - Oakland Athletics (LHP)
Jeff Karstens (2003) - MLB Debut 8/22/06 - New York Yankees (RHP)
Chris Sampson (1999) - MLB Debut 6/2/06 - Houston Astros (RHP)
Joe Dillon (1996-97) - MLB Debut 5/18/05 - Florida Marlins (1B)
Steve Watkins (1998) - MLB Debut 8/21/04 - San Diego Padres (RHP)
Trey Lunsford (1999-2000) - MLB Debut 9/12/02 - San Francisco Giants (C)
Josh Bard (1997-99) - MLB Debut 8/23/02 - Colorado Rockies (C)
Travis Driskill (1991-93) - MLB Debut 4/26/02 - Cleveland Indians (RHP)
Stubby Clapp (1996) - MLB Debut 6/18/01 - St. Louis Cardinals (2B)
Matt Miller (1994-96) - MLB Debut 5/8/01 - Detroit Tigers (LHP)
Keith Ginter (1997-98) - MLB Debut 9/20/00 - Houston Astros (2B)
Brandon Kolb (1995) - MLB Debut 5/12/00 - San Diego Padres (RHP)
Travis Smith (1994-95) - MLB Debut 6/21/98 - Milwaukee Brewers (RHP)
Ryan Nye (1994-95) - MLB Debut 6/7/97 - Philadelphia Phillies (RHP)
Mark Brandenburg (1991-92) - MLB Debut 7/20/95 - Texas Rangers (RHP)
Donald Harris (1988-89) - MLB Debut 9/4/91 - Texas Rangers (OF)
Mike Humphreys (1985-88) - MLB Debut 7/29/91 - New York Yankees (LF)
Doug Ault (1971-72) - MLB Debut 9/6/76 - Texas Rangers (1B/LF)
Chuck Harrison (1961-62) - MLB Debut 9/15/65 - Houston Astros (1B)