Former Saint, Bee Jay, Tomlinson joins Giants PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2011 09:34

Two weeks ago, Kelby Tomlinson was taking swings for the Liberal Bee Jays at Brent Gould Field. Today he is working his way up through the Major League developmental program after recently being drafted in the 12th round by the San Francisco Giants. L&T file photo/Rustin Watt

By ROY ALLEN
Seward sports information director
Following an All-American sophomore season at Seward County and an All Big-12 junior season at Texas Tech, along with an NBC World Series title with the Liberal Bee Jays in 2010, former Saints shortstop Kelby Tomlinson has signed a contract with the San Francisco Giants and will report to Scottsdale, Ariz., to begin work with the Giants Arizona Rookie League team later this week.
Tomlinson burst onto the scene with the Saints in 2010 when he hit .353 with 13 doubles, six triples, and six home runs while stealing 28 bases for Seward’s conference championship club.
He hit .339 last summer for the Bee Jays and helped Liberal earn its fifth national title.
This season at Texas Tech, Tomlinson showed enough to become a 12th round draft choice of the defending world champion San Francisco Giants after he led the Red Raiders in hits and RBIs while hitting .307 with 21 stolen bases.
Not only did Tomlinson impress with the bat in his only season in Lubbock but the former Saint was a magician with the glove, going the final 24 games of the season without an error and committing just one error in Tech’s final 33 games of the 2011 campaign.
“Kelby has worked hard to get where he is at today,” Seward coach Galen McSpadden said. “There is no doubt in my mind that he has the drive to work and get even better in this game. All of us at Seward County are very proud of him and wish him the best of luck in his professional career.”
Tomlinson was on the roster to help the Bee Jays win back-to-back national titles this summer, but now he will try to help the San Francisco Giants accomplish the same thing starting with working his way through the developmental league in Arizona.
EDITOR’S NOTE — Earl Watt contributed to this story.

 
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