July 3, 2009
An action packed weekend awaits Major League Baseball fans. As the nation celebrates its Independence Day, a slate of big matchups will ensure that baseball enthusiasts will see fireworks. Several former Vols are already creating sparks. Julio Borbon made his MLB debut this week while J.P Arencibia got back in the groove, Chris Burke continued to improve and Nick Hernandez earned his first minor league win.
Julio Borbon- center fielder, Texas Rangers
After an impressive run with the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Texas Rangers decided it was time to see what Julio Borbon could bring to the plate in the Big Leagues. The former Vol made his MLB debut Monday for the Rangers and becomes the fifth member of the 2005 UT College World Series team to be called up. Borbon went .500 at the plate against the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday while earning a run and an RBI.
J.P. Arencibia- catcher, Las Vegas 51s
J.P. Arencibia has been back in to his old habits. Currently, he is on a five-game hitting streak and has slugged an impressive .400 this week. With 23 doubles on the season, he is tied for third in the Pacific Coast League. Arencibia recorded four runs as well as four RBI in the last week.
Chris Burke- shortstop, Gwinnett Braves
Since his arrival in Atlanta, Chris Burke has found tremendous success. Burke's hitting .319 at the plate, had two stolen bases, hit three doubles, a home run and seven RBI since signing with the Braves. Additionally, Burke is hitting .429 against south-paws, .344 when the Gwinnett Braves are at home, and .444 during day games. With runners on, Burke averages a .360 and a .357 with runners in scoring position.
Nick Hernandez- left-handed pitcher, Williamsport Crosscutters
After leaving UT following his 2009 season with the Vols, Nick Hernandez joined up with the Williamsport Crosscutters in Williamsport, Pa. The third time proved to be the charm for Hernandez who earned his first Minor League win Thursday. He pitched five scoreless innings, leading the Crosscutters to a 4-3 victory. Hernandez gave up just three hits while striking out four. With 12.1 innings pitched, Hernandez boasts a 2.92 ERA.