June 12, 2009
As the First Year Player Draft saw five Vols- Kentrail Davis, Ty'Relle Harris, Nick Hernandez, Bryan Morgado and Danny Wiltz, get drafted, several former Big Orange stars welcomed the newcomers with strong performances. Big Leaguers R.A. Dickey and Luke Hochevar have been pitching well while Julio Borbon, Scott Drucker and Sean Watson have been tearing it up in the Minors.
R.A. Dickey- right-handed pitcher, Minnesota Twins
The Twin Cities' R.A. Dickey has only gotten better as the season progresses. Dickey tossed 4.1 straight scoreless innings in June and has given up only two earned runs in his last seven appearances. The right-hander boasts a season-low ERA of 2.86 and has 25 strikeouts so far this year. Dickey is settling into the long-reliever role for the Twins and has been strong in the position.
Luke Hochevar- right-handed pitcher, Kansas City Royals
The old adage, "The third time is the charm," held true for Luke Hochevar. In his 2009's third start for the Royals, the former Vol all-star earned his first win of the year. After 6.2 innings, Hochevar allowed two runs on four hits while walking two and three punch-outs. His first victory of 2009 comes exactly three years after he was selected by the Royals as the first-overall pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Julio Borbon- centerfielder, Oklahoma City RedHawks
Former Big Orange Slugger Julio Borbon put together an impressive week at the plate. Hitting .423 this week, Borbon's bat aided the RedHawks as the club tries for its fifth win of the week Friday night. Since Friday June 5, Borbon has scored five runs on 11 hits, slugged a pair of doubles and has four RBI. With all of this offensive production, Borbon has only two strikeouts in 26 at-bats. Borbon is hitting an impressive .368 in the month of June.
Scot Drucker- right-handed pitcher, Toledo Mud Hens
Mud Hens right-hander Scot Drucker earned his third win of the 2009 season Saturday June 6. The Miami, Fla. native tossed six scoreless innings en route to the Mud Hens' 1-0 win over the Norfolk Tides. Drucker gave up three hits and one walk while striking out four. The 2004 Vol Letterman is 3-2 on the season and has a 5.58 ERA.
Sean Watson- right-handed pitcher, Carolina Mudcats
In his last two outings, Sean Watson has tossed three scoreless, run-less innings. Watson is beginning to make a habit of keeping his ERA at 0.00- he hasn't allowed a run to cross the plate since May 24. Since May 27, Watson has pitched 9.2 innings while giving up no runs and a single hit. During this span he records 11 strikeouts with only three walks.