Tomlinson Signs with Rockies
Brock Kappelmann - January 7, 2020 6:40 am
San Francisco Giants' Kelby Tomlinson singles off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chad Bettis in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 28, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Liberal resident and former Saint and Bee Jay Kelby Tomlinson has a new team. After stints in the minor leagues with the Diamondbacks and Mariners last year, Tomlinson has inked a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies. The 29 year old was selected by San Francisco in the 12th round of the 2011 draft and played with the Giants from 2015-18. Tomlinson slashed .265/.331/.332 over 687 plate appearances.
The Liberal resident played for Seward in 2009 and 2010 and for the Bee Jays in 2010 and shortly in 2011. Tomlinson burst onto the scene with the Saints in 2010 when he hit .353 with 13 doubles, 6 triples, and 6 home runs while stealing 28 bases for Seward’s conference championship club. He was an all American. The Elgin, Oklahoma native hit 274 as a freshman.
Tomlinson was the shortstop of a Bee Jay team in 2010 which went 38-14 and won the NBC championship. He hit .337 for that team with one home run, 30 RBI’s, 12 doubles, four triples, and was 41-43 in stolen bases. He played shortly for the Bee Jays in 2011 before signing a pro contract.
If you would like to hear Kelby Tomlinson in his own words, enjoy the audio from his recent interview with Joe Denoyer on January 2, 2020 (this was before his Rockies signing):
From three years ago, a 30 minute interview with Kelby Tomlinson from 30 October 2017: