June 24, 2010
With the mid-way point of the 2010 MLB season nearing and numerous minor league teams just getting underway, UTSports.com takes a look at the former Volunteer players currently in professional baseball. Below is the third installment of how the Orange and White is faring on the next level - complete with links to video highlights.
Julio Borbon - OF, Texas Rangers - Stats
While Texas Ranger teammate Josh Hamilton has been getting all of the headlines for his play this month, Julio Borbon has been faring quite well himself. After a slow start to his sophomore season, the 6-0 centerfielder has come alive in June, during which he is hitting .426 with his first two home runs of the year. So far this month, Borbon has raised his batting average 62 points and is now hitting .298 on the year.
R.A. Dickey - SP, New York Mets - Stats
R.A. Dickey has been arguably the biggest success story in the big leagues this season. The 6-2 knuckleballer, who started the season in the minors, has been nothing short of spectacular for the New York Mets since being called up on May 19. Since then, he has posted a 6-0 record in seven starts with a 2.33 ERA.
Chase Headley - 3B, San Diego Padres - Stats
Chase Headley has played a big role in the success of the upstart San Diego Padres this season after making the permanent move to his natural position of third base after playing in the outfield during his first two years. The 6-2 switch-hitter is hitting .261 overall with five home runs, 24 RBIs and nine stolen bases. Even more impressive, however, has been his terrific play defensively at the hot corner. He is fielding at a solid .963 clip with just seven errors and has made a number of "Web-Gem" worthy plays this season, including starting a triple play on June 10 against the Mets.
Todd Helton - 1B, Colorado Rockies - Stats
A mainstay at first base in Colorado, Todd Helton is currently in his 14th season wearing a Rockies uniform. Through his first 62 games this year, the Knoxville native is hitting .252 with 10 doubles, two home runs, 13 RBIs and 32 walks. The Rockies are currently 38-33 on the season and sit 3.5 games back of San Diego for the lead in the National League West.
Luke Hochevar - SP, Kansas City Royals - Stats
Currently on the disabled list with a right elbow sprained, Luke Hochevar has posted a 5-4 record in 13 starts for the Kansas City Royals this season. The 6-5 righty has a 4.96 ERA in 78.0 innings of work and has struck out 57 batters while walking just 28. He has been sidelined since June 12.
Mike Lincoln - RP, Cincinnati Reds - Stats
Also on the disabled list is right-handed reliever Mike Lincoln of the Cincinnati Reds who is dealing with a strained muscle in his right side. Lincoln is 1-0 with a 7.32 ERA in 19 appearances out of the bullpen.
Augie Ojeda - UTIL, Arizona Diamondbacks - Stats
A utility player off the bench for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Augie Ojeda has seen action in 27 games this season. He is hitting just .129 in 31 at-bats this year, but he is most valuable for his glove. He has already seen action at third, second and shortstop and has yet to make an error.
J.P. Arencibia - C, Las Vegas 51s (AAA - Toronto Blue Jays) - Stats
J.P. Arencibia has been on fire this month, hitting .375 with seven longballs to raise his season average to .291 and his home run total to 15. The 6-1 catcher also has 38 RBIs through his first 60 games in his second year with the Las Vegas 51s. In his last 10 games, Arencibia has been in a groove at the plate, hitting .405 with 17 hits in 42 at-bats. Nine of those hits have gone for extra-bases as he has six doubles and three home runs.
Chris Burke - SS, Louisville Bats (AAA - Cincinnati Reds) - Stats
After suffering a broken finger during spring training, Chris Burke is currently working his way back to the big leagues with the Cincinnati Reds' Triple-AAA affiliate. Through his first 64 games with the Louisville Bats, Burke is hitting .238 with four home runs, 25 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.
Scot Drucker - RP, Toledo MudHens (AAA - Detroit Tigers) - Stats | Blog
In his second season with the Toledo Mud Hens, Scot Drucker has been a valuable member of the team's pitching staff. In 21 appearances, he has a record of 2-2 with a 4.19 ERA and one save. The 6-1 righty has 33 strikeouts and just 15 walks in 43 innings on the mound.
James Adkins - RP, Chattanooga Lookouts (AA - Los Angeles Dodgers) - Stats
James Adkins is currently in the midst of a 12.1 inning scoreless streak, spanning nine appearances for the Chattanooga Lookouts. During that time, he has allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out 11. For the season, the 6-6 southpaw is 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA and one save in 20 appearances. He is averaging a strikeout per inning through 25 frames of work and is holding opponents to a .223 batting average.
Deunte Heath - RP, Birmingham Barons (AA - Chicago White Sox) - Stats
In his first season with the Chicago White Sox organization, Deunte Heath has been a solid addition to the Birmingham Barons bullpen. He is currently 1-2 on the year with a 3.38 ERA and one save in 14 games. He has done a good job of pounding the strike zone, walking just eight while striking out 32 in 21.1 innings of work for a stellar 13.5 strikeouts per nine innings ratio. In his last appearance, Heath struck out five batters in two innings against Jacksonville on June 19.
Ty'Relle Harris - RP, Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High A - Atlanta Braves) - Stats
After starting the year with the Low-A Rome Braves where he had four saves and a 2.53 ERA, Ty'Relle Harris earned an early-season promotion to High-A Myrtle Beach. He is currently 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in seven appearances for the Pelicans. Including his time with both teams, Harris has 28 strikeouts and a cumulative ERA of 3.92 in 20.2 innings of work.
Sean Watson - RP, Lynchburg Hillcats (High A - Cincinnati Reds) - Stats
Sean Watson has split time with the Carolina Mudcats and Lynchburg Hillcats this season, accumulating an overall record of 1-4 with a 7.61 ERA in 21 appearances. He has been much more effective on the mound since being assigned to Lynchburg where he has pitched in 12 games with a 3.60 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 15 innings.
Kentrail Davis - OF. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Low A - Milwaukee Brewers) - Stats
After struggling to stay healthy during a stint with the Brevard County Manatees, Kentrail Davis has thrived since being assigned to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the Midwest League. The 5-9 outfielder has hit safely in four of five games with his new team and is batting .412 with seven hits in 17 at-bats. For the entire season, Davis is hitting .264 with three doubles, five triples, 19 RBIs and eight stolen bases.
Nick Hernandez - SP, Lakewood Blue Claws (Low A - Philadelphia Phillies) - Stats
After getting off to a dominating start in his first full season of professional baseball, Nick Hernandez has been sidelined since May 17 with shoulder weakness. Just before being placed on the DL, the 6-4 southpaw improved to 3-1 with a 1.61 ERA on the year with an eight-inning, one-hit, eight-strikeout performance against the Greensboro Grasshoppers. He has 52 strikeouts and just eight walks in 56.0 innings, spanning eight starts and is holding opponents to a .192 batting average. He was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star Team but was unable to take part due to his injury.
Danny Wiltz - SP (Chicago White Sox) - Blog
After posting a 4-2 record and 4.25 ERA in 19 appearances last summer, Danny Wiltz will miss the entire 2010 campaign as he recovers from a knee injury. He had surgery on March 10 to repair tears in his ACL and lateral meniscus.
Cody Hawn - 1B, Helena Brewers (Short Season - Milwaukee Brewers) - Stats
Cody Hawn has started his professional career right where he left off this spring at Tennessee. The Knoxville native, who finished his UT career third in the school record books with 36 home runs in two seasons, is hitting .364 through his first three games with the Helena Brewers. In just his second game, Hawn launched the first two home runs of his pro career to lead his team to a 9-8 victory over Missoula.
Stephen McCray - SP, Great Falls Voyagers (Short Season - Chicago White Sox) - Stats
Stephen McCray opened his professional career on a high note as well, picking up a win in his first appearance. The 6-4 right-hander struck out four in 2.2 innings of relief against Billings on June 22, while allowing just one run on a solo homer.
P.J. Polk - OF, Connecticut Tigers (Short Season - Detroit Tigers) - Stats
Although he has played just three professional games, P.J. Polk has already put his versatility on display for the Connecticut Tigers. He is currently hitting .300, including a two-hit effort on June 19 in which he hit a home run and stole a base. He is currently day-to-day, however, with an apparent hamstring injury.
Steve Crnkovich - SP, GCL Tigers (Short Season - Detroit Tigers) -
A 6-4 side-arming righty, Steve Crnkovich recently agreed to terms with the Detroit Tigers on a free-agent contract and will begin his professional career in the starting rotation with the Gulf Coast League Tigers in Lakeland, Florida.