May 22, 2009
This has been a good week for Tennessee baseball. The Vols completed what may have been the first sweep of Vanderbilt in Nashville in Big Orange history (or at least since the league started playing three-game series in 1976) and some UT baseball alumni made history, as well. Vol legend Todd Helton joined a prestigious group of sluggers, Julio Borbon has found his rhythm, J.P. Arencibia has continued his hot streak, and south-paw James Adkins makes his first appearance in this season's Vols in the Pros.
Todd Helton- first baseman, Colorado Rockies
It's been a great week for Knoxville-native Todd Helton. He joined one of baseball's upper echelon of big bats- the 2,000 hits club. Tuesday May 19, Helton became one of just over 250 hitters to notch 2000 hits in a career. Two days later, Helton launched a grand slam to lift the Rockies over the Braves in what was a very contentious series. Helton has a .338 batting average on the year and has six RBIs this week.
Julio Borbon- outfielder, Oklahoma City RedHawks
Julio Borbon is on somewhat of a tear. He has a ten-game hitting-streak and hasn't struck out in his last 60 at-bats and is hitting .444 this week. Going 12-27 since May 15, Borbon has crossed the plate five times, knocked four doubles and grabbed a pair of stolen bases. As far as statistics go, he stands at the top of the Pacific Coast League's standings in more than one category. Borbon ranks third in at-bats with 164, 10th in runs with 28, and is tied for sixth in hits with 48.
J.P. Arencibia- catcher, Las Vegas 51s
Since first appearing in Vols in the Pros May 9, J.P. Arencibia has been on a hot steak. He hit an impressive .467 this week going 7-15 at the plate. Scoring four runs and eight RBIs, Arencibia continues to provide run support for the Las Vegas 51s. He has hit three out of the park to total five home-runs on the year, and continues to hang around the top of the PCL's doubles standings. Arencibia has hit two doubles this week and is second in the league with 15.
James Adkins- left-handed pitcher, Chattanooga Lookouts
Nashville-native James Adkins makes his first appearance in Vols in the Pros this week after earning his second win of the season. On the year, Adkins has a 5.53 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 42.1 innings pitched. In day games, Adkins boasts a 3.00 ERA and a 3.91 ERA in the month of May. Adkins was selected 39th by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. He earned three letters as a Vol from 2005-2007 and earned Freshman All-America status after setting the UT freshman single season record for strikeouts (135).