FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012 – 4:47 PM
Scott Lacefield (Twitter: @ScottLacefield)
The best name in minor league baseball will not be that of a former Texas Tech Red Raider this year. Something fun that MILB.com (Minor League Baseball website) has done for six years is their annual “Moniker Madness” which is a bracket of 64 of the best names in the minor leagues.
Only a few months into their professional careers, former Texas Tech standouts RHP Duke von Schamann and 2B Jamodrick McGruder were both included in the bracket this year.
In fact, von Schamann was a No. 1 seed in the bracket while McGruder was a No. 6 seed while both were placed in the “Farmer Works” bracket.
von Schamann breezed past 16-seed Danny Oh into the second round where he defeated Kila Ka’aihue and advanced to the round of 16. In this fan-voting bracket, von Schamann was upset in the round of 16 by Rock Shoulders.
McGruder defeated Dashenko Ricardo in the first round and then faced David Goforth – who is a No. 14 seed and upset No. 3 seed Zech Zinicola in the first round. McGruder was eliminated by Scooter Gennett in the round of 16.
It’s a fun contest and is always something people who work in this business will comment on and visit about are some of the most interesting and unique names in the great sport of baseball. Props to Minor League Baseball for having this fun contest. Six years and counting. Maybe next year the Red Raiders will have a few more former players pop up in the contest.