June 26, 2009
As the world mourns the loss of the Prince of Pop Michael Jackson, Major League Baseball inches closer to the final ballot casting for the MLB All-Star Game. Several former Vols are making their case for their league's respective All-Star games. R.A. Dickey continues to develop as a middle reliever, Todd Helton and Julio Borbon are still slugging away, and Chris Burke is making his way through the Atlanta Braves organization.
R.A. Dickey- right-handed pitcher, Minnesota Twins
Twins' righty R.A. Dickey logged several innings this week as a middle reliever. Dickey boasts a 0.00 ERA in his four outings this week and only gave up one hit. His three strikeouts aided the Twins as they picked up three wins in their last six games. As it has all season, Dickey's ERA is consistently improving and his 2.38 is currently the second-best ERA in the Twins' stable.
Todd Helton- first baseman, Colorado Rockies
Former Vol slugger Todd Helton ranks among this season's best hitters. Hitting three RBI this week, Helton has climbed to 19th on the league's RBI leader board. Most impressive is Helton's .444 average at the plate this week as the Rockies are 7-3 in their last 10. Helton has crossed the plate five times this week and been walked on four occasions.
Julio Borbon- center fielder, Oklahoma City RedHawks
As he has done all season, Julio Borbon is hanging around the top of nearly every statistical column. He ranks among the top 15 in hits (7th, 87), runs (8th, 48), at-bats (2nd, 291), stolen bases (9th, 19), and triples (11th, 4). Borbon hit a .325 average in the RedHawks last 10 games, during which time they earned an impressive 7-3 record. With five runs scored and four RBI, Borbon is an integral part of the RedHawks offensive arsenal and has only gotten better as the season progresses.
Chris Burke- shortstop, Gwinnett Braves
A change of scenery for former Vol star Chris Burke was all it took to get him back into old habits. After being signed by Atlanta, Burke began his career as a Brave June 19 with the Triple A Gwinnett Braves. Since arriving in Atlanta, Burke is hitting a .304 average and scored five runs this week. He also has two doubles and two RBI in his seven games for Gwinnett.