Former Vol Chase Headley, who has been on a torrid tear for the San Diego Padres, has been named the National League Player of the Month.
The Padres third baseman led all NL players with 31 RBIs and tied for the league lead with 10 home runs while hitting .306 during the month of August. He hit safely in 21 of the 28 games in which he played last month, going 33-for-108 at the plate with 20 runs scored.
For the season, Headley has raised his batting average to .283 and has already set career highs with 24 home runs and 92 RBIs with 26 games still remaining in the season.
He is the second former Vol to earn National League Player of the Month honors this season as R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets earned pitcher of the month accolades for the month of June.
Headley played at Tennessee from 2004-05, helping lead the Vols to the College World Series in his final year at Rocky Top. At UT, he hit .357 with 16 home runs and 88 RBIs in 110 career games. As a junior, he earned third-team All-America honors after winning the SEC batting title by hitting .387. He also led the league in walks (63), runs scored (82) and on-base percentage (.530).
His work in the classroom did not go unnoticed either as he became just the fifth Tennessee baseball player to earn first-team Academic All-America accolades.