June 5, 2009
The Big Unit Randy Johnson joined an elite group of Major Leaguers this week. Now a total of 24 men have ever pitched to 300 career wins; and after Thursday's 5-1 win against the Nationals, Johnson becomes only the sixth south-paw in the group. But Johnson isn't the only one having a good week. Several former Big Orange stars are performing well as the league prepares for the First Year Player Draft next week. R.A. Dickey continued to lower his ERA, Chase Headley and Todd Helton are hitting well, and Sean Watson is striking fear in the hearts of batters across the Southern League.
R.A. Dickey- right-handed pitcher, Minnesota Twins
Twins' right-hander R.A. Dickey persisted in lowering his ERA. Dickey allowed only five hits in his last 10 innings and allowed just two earned runs. This week, the former Vol All-America had six strikeouts in six innings while walking two. On the season, Dickey has a 3.06 ERA and has tossed an impressive 1.50 in his two outings this week.
Chase Headley- leftfielder, San Diego Padres
Padres' outfielder Chase Headley is providing his team with some offensive spark. After pounding a homer against the Diamondbacks last week to end the Padres' road woes, Headley is committed to bringing up his batting-average. Hitting .250 this week, he is on the right track. Earning two RBI in his last game June 2, Headley is on track for a great season.
Todd Helton- first-baseman, Colorado Rockies
Todd Helton has methodically silenced all doubters with his moxie at the plate. He steadily belts hits and homers and is an offensive powerhouse for a struggling Colorado club. A .273 batting average for Helton this week lifted the Rockies to a big win Thursday over National League foe Houston Astros. On the year, Helton owns a .315 average and has matched last year's home run total (seven) already this season. He belted his most recent homer of 2009 on June 1, and totaled three RBI this week.
Sean Watson- right-handed pitcher, Carolina Mudcats
Hitters are noticing the stats of Carolina Mudcats' righty Sean Watson. In his last three outings, Watson surrendered just one hit and gave up no earned runs. He also struck out seven batters while walking only one. In his last 10 games, Watson boasts a 4.02 ERA, and he earned his third save of the year May 19. Against right-handed batters, the former Vol has a 1.80 ERA and has given up only one home run this season.