Last week's highlights from former Tennessee players in professional baseball include a chance to become a starter for a backup and a continued strong pitching performance by a reliever. Below are the best performances from former Vols during last week's action.
Augie Ojeda (1996) will replace injured Arizona Diamondbacks player Orlando Hudson at second base for the rest of the season. Hudson had surgery on his dislocated wrist on Saturday and will be out for the remainder of the season. Ojeda played the same role in the 2007 when Hudson's season ended in early September after he had surgery on a torn thumb ligament. Fellow former Vol Chris Burke will also get some occasional starts against left-handed pitching. This season, Ojeda has a .257 batting average with 35 hits, five doubles, and 16 RBI in 66 games this season. He will be a strong defensive replacement in the field with a .953 fielding percentage.
Mike Lincoln (1996) has returned to his early season form after his scoreless inning streak came to an end in a game on August 3 against the Washington Nationals where he surrendered three runs in a third of an innings and took the loss. He has now appeared three times without surrendering a run for the Cincinnati Reds. He has thrown four innings allowing three hits and striking out four. He has a 3.51 ERA for the season and has walked only 16 while compiling 50 strikeouts in 45 games.
J.P. Arencibia (2005-07) hit a game-tying, pinch-hit home run in the top of the ninth inning Sunday afternoon to extend the game into extra innings where teammate David Smith hit a game-winning home run to give the New Hampshire Fisher Cats a thrilling 5-4 victory over the Binghamton Mets. The home run was his 13th of the year and second in as many games. He hit his 12th home run of the year on Saturday to help the Fisher Cats win 5-3. He is batting .293 with a .710 slugger percentage against left-handed pitching this season.
Sean Watson (2004-05) has been unhittable in the month of August. He has made five appearances for the Chattanooga Lookouts without surrendering a run. In fact, Watson has not allowed an earned run since July 18 against the Mobile Bay Bears. In August, Watson has pitched 5 2/3 inning, allowed two hits while walking two and striking out five.
Eli Iorg (2004-05) went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two stolen bases in the Corpus Christi Hooks 9-7 loss to the Arkansas Travelers on Thursday. He is batting .260 with 101 hits and 49 RBI in 106 games this season.