Last week’s highlights from former Tennessee players in professional baseball include an impressive offensive week from a rookie and a stellar pitching performance by a knuckleballer. Below are the best performances from former Vols during last week’s action.
• Julio Borbon (2005-07) put on an offensive show this week to raise his average 30 points from .287 to .317. This past week, Borbon went 13-for-31 (.419) with nine runs, three walks and one home run. His .317 batting average is tops on the Frisco Roughriders but Borbon lacks enough at-bats to rank among the tops in the league.
• R.A. Dickey (1994-96) pitched a two-hit shutout for seven innings in the Seattle Mariners 8-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night in Arlington. He threw 7.2 innings allowing only two runs on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts. He now has a record of 3-6 with a 4.41 ERA. Dickey proved dominant for most of the game, between a hit batter in the first inning and a leadoff double in the eight, he retired 18 of 20 batters faced. For more on Dickey’s start, follow this link.
• Deunte Heath (2006) improved his record to 3-4 on the year with a 7-0 victory against the Chattanooga Lookouts on Thursday night. Heath went eight shutout innings allowing only one hit and walking two while striking out seven. For more on Heath’s almost perfect night, follow this link. Heath has now fanned seven batters in each of his last three starts. He has also now won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
• J.P. Arencibia (2005-07) is continuing to put up good offensive numbers for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. In the month of July, Arencibia hit seven home runs and had 22 RBI, going 33-112 (.295). His 23 combined home runs tie him for first in the Blue Jays organization. He is batting .297 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 41 games for the Class-AA affiliate for Toronto.
• Chase Headley (2004-05) is batting .235 with 35 hits, five doubles, six home runs and 15 RBI since joining the San Diego Padres. To read more about his time in the majors and friendship with teammate Nick Hundley, follow this link.