Vols in the Pros Update

Aug. 14, 2009

As Big Orange Country is abuzz with talks of football, baseball teams across the land inch closer to that magical time called the playoffs. With wildcard races in full swing and division titles on the line, many former Vols are fighting for their respective teams to remain in the hunt. Julio Borbon, Chris Burke, Nick Hernandez and Deunte Heath are all playing for the playoffs.

Julio Borbon- CF, Texas Rangers

Again the Texas Rangers called on Julio Borbon (2005-07), and again he was there to provide the steady offensive power he has displayed all year. After being called up for the second time this season, Borbon averaged .250 since starting in the leadoff position Sunday. In his first week back with the Rangers, he scored two runs, and has a stolen base.

Chris Burke- SS, Gwinnett Braves

Since joining the Atlanta Braves organization, Chris Burke's bat has had a little more power. Burke (1999-2001) averaged .360 from the plate this week with three runs and five RBI. He hit.400 or better four times in his last seven games and has three stolen bases.

Nick Hernandez- LHP, Williamsport Crosscutters

Just as he did on the mound as a Vol, Nick Hernandez (2007-09) dominated batters this week. In the month of August, the southpaw boasts a 2-0 record and s .66 ERA in 13.2 innings pitched. For the season, Hernandez owns a 2.47 ERA in 51 innings pitched, 34 strikeouts and only 16 walks.

Deunte Heath-RHP, Mississippi Braves

Deunte Heath (2006) hasn't allowed a run since July 27. And runs aren't the only thing he isn't giving away- he hasn't walked a batter since July 19. In four August appearances, Heath allowed one hit, struck out six batters and earned one save. The reliever is taking care of business with a 3.29 ERA in his last 13.2 innings pitched.





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