July 17, 2009
With the All-Star break in the rear-view mirror, baseball progresses into the second half of the season. As the struggle to make the cut begins, several former Vols are giving their best efforts for their respective teams. Todd Helton is slugging away, Scot Drucker is mowing down batters in Class AAA, Eli Iorg returned to action and Ty'Relle Harris earned his first win as a Rome Brave.
Todd Helton- 1B, Colorado Rockies
If his last three games have been any indicator, it appears that the second half of Todd Helton's (1993-95) season will be even more productive than the first. In the Rockies' three games since the break, Helton has produced an incredible .583 batting average (7-12). During that span he also scored two runs, has one RBI and one home run. On the season, Helton is hitting .327, good for sixth in the National League. Helton is tied for second in the NL with 27 doubles and is 15th with 99 hits.
Scot Drucker- RHP, Toledo Mud Hens
In his first appearance after the break, the Mud Hens' Scot Drucker (2004) earned his seventh win this year in impressive fashion. Drucker threw 6.2 innings and finished with a 2.70 ERA. He allowed two runs on four hits and struck out seven. The victory marked Drucker's fifth consecutive win.
Eli Iorg- OF, Tri-City ValleyCats
Eli Iorg (2004-05) made his first appearance with the Class A ValleyCats last week after starting the season with the Class AAA Round Rock Express. Since then, Iorg has provided an offensive spark for his new ball club. He is batting .353 and is hitting .500 or better with runners on or in scoring position. He also has three RBI and a .429 on base percentage.
Ty'Relle Harris- RHP, Rome Braves
Recent UT pitcher Ty'Relle Harris (2008-09) was moved from the Danville Braves of the Short Season Appalachian League to the Rome Braves of the Class A South Atlantic League July 3. After the move, it didn't take him long to settle in and establish himself as an able member of Rome's arsenal. Harris earned his first win as a Rome Brave July 14. He tossed three innings, allowing no runs on no hits with five strikeouts. With 7.1 innings under his belt in Rome, Harris boasts a 1.23 ERA.