Aug. 1, 2009
As national debates over domestic issues rage, the talk in Big Orange Country differs just a bit. The Volunteer State is on the verge of football season- a sacred time in the lives of most Tennesseans. But baseball season isn't over until October, and on the eve of August, several former Vol baseball stars are bolstering their respective clubs with barrages of hits and strikeouts galore. Julio Borbon, Shawn Griffin, Nick Hernandez and Danny Wiltz are featured in this week's Vols in the Pros.
Julio Borbon- OF, Oklahoma City RedHawks
Few players have been as consistent at the plate as former UT star Julio Borbon (2005-07). He is the model of offensive power for the RedHawks and routinely ranks among the Pacific Coast League's statistical leaders in numerous categories. Borbon hit .394 this week, including four games in which he batted .400 or better. Since last Friday, Borbon had a triple, a stolen base and four RBI. His prowess is again seen in his lack of strikeouts- Borbon hasn't struck out in his last 33 at bats.
Shawn Griffin- OF, Burlington Bees
Former Vol Shawn Griffin (2007-08) is finding much success in his 2009 season. On the year, he is batting .348 and he hit an impressive .435 from the plate this week. Griffin has hit .500 or better five times in his last seven outings. This week, he hit three doubles, scored two runs, hit a home run and had two RBI.
Nick Hernandez- RHP, Williamsport Crosscutters
Nick Hernandez (2007-09) earned his second New York Penn League win Tuesday. Pitching six scoreless innings, Hernandez lifted the Crosscutters to a victory. He struck out three, allowed only four hits and improved his ERA to 3.13 on the season. Hernandez is tied for first in the NYPL for games started with eight.
Danny Wiltz- RHP, Bristol White Sox
Ascending to the top of the Appalachian League ranks, Danny Wiltz (2007-09) is quickly settling into a reliable role for the Bristol White Sox. Wiltz recorded his third win July 23 to improve to 3-1 on the season. That win lifted him into a tie for fourth in wins in the Appy League. Wiltz is also tied for sixth in appearances with 11 while ranking 18th in strikeouts with 28. On the season, Wiltz boasts a 3.00 ERA and has only given up for walks in 21 innings pitched.