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Vols In The MLB Season Recap

Oct. 8, 2013



A FAREWELL TOUR FOR NO. 17

Todd Helton
1B // Colorado Rockies

Years Pro: 17
MLB Bio | Stats


» Thank you, Todd Helton
» Vin Scully's Tribute To Todd Helton
» Helton celebrated at Coors Field
» Helton's solo homer
» Peyton Manning on Helton
Season G AB AVG H 2B 3B HR RBI
2013 124 397 .249 99 22 1 15 61
2013 VOLS IN THE MLB

J.P. Arencibia
C // Toronto Blue Jays

Years Pro: 4
MLB Bio | Stats

A member of the Vols from 2005-07, J.P. Arencibia completed his third season as the Toronto Blue Jays starting catcher in 2013. Arencibia played in 138 total games, the most of his four-year MLB career. His 21 homers were second best of his career behind the 23 he blasted in 2011. That mark ranked 30th in the AL and second among AL catchers. Defensively, Arencibia started 115 games behind the plate and caught 21 attempted base stealers.

Off the field, he continued his charitable work and contributions. He's been nominated for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, which is given annually to the MLB player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team.

J.P. Arencibia Season Highlights

Season G AB AVG H 2B 3B HR RBI
2013 138 474 .194 92 18 0 21 55

Julio Borbon
OF // Chicago Cubs

Years Pro: 4
MLB Bio | Stats

Claimed off of waivers from the Texas Rangers on April 19, former Vol All-American Julio Borbon played his first season for the Chicago Cubs in 2013. The outfielder, who had breakout seasons for the Rangers in 2009 and 2010, appeared in 73 games this season. Borbon hit an even .200 with one home run and three RBI in 105 at-bats.

On the bases, he stole seven bases and scored 11 runs. Borbon was designated for assignment on Aug. 2.

Julio Borbon Season Highlights

Season G AB AVG H 2B 3B HR RBI
2013 73 105 .200 21 3 1 1 3

R.A. Dickey
P // Toronto Blue Jays

Years Pro: 11
MLB Bio | Stats

The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner and first knuckleballer to ever receive the award, R.A. Dickey was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays last offseason and was their ace in 2013. Never missing a start, Dickey pitched the second-most innings in the league (224.2) and finished the season with a 14-13 record and 4.21 ERA. The 1994 National Freshman of the Year with the Vols, Dickey finished the season tied for third in the AL with three complete games. He finished his first season in Toronto on a high note, winning six of his final eight decisions.

The three-time All-American with the Vols also had the best season of his 11-year MLB career at the plate. Allbeit on only six at-bats, Dickey led the Blue Jays with a .333 batting average. Dickey notched two hits, including one double, and knocked in one RBI.

R.A. Dickey Season Highlights

Season G IP W L ERA CG Ks SHO
2013 34 224.2 14 13 4.21 3 177 1

Yan Gomes
C // Cleveland Indians

Years Pro: 2
MLB Bio | Stats

The only former Vol to reach the postseason in 2013, Yan Gomes was traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Cleveland Indians shortly after the conclusion of the 2012 season. The first Brazilian player to reach the majors, Gomes quickly went from a fill-in guy to the guy behind the plate for the Indians and helped lead the Tribe to its first postseason appearance since 2007. Gomes led the Indians with a career-best .294 batting average (min. 200 ABs), compiling 18 doubles, 11 homers and 38 RBI. Behind the plate, Gomes caught 20 attempted base stealers.

The Indians finished the season in second place in the AL Central Division with a 92-70 record, exceeding their 2012 win total by 24 games. The Indians were knocked out of the playoffs by the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL Wild Card Game.

Yan Gomes Season Highlights

Season G AB AVG H 2B 3B HR RBI
2013 88 293 .294 86 18 2 11 38

Chase Headley
3B // San Diego Padres

Years Pro: 7
MLB Bio | Stats

An All-American and the 2005 SEC batting champion, Chase Headley played his seventh season for the San Diego Padres in 2013. After finishing fifth in MVP voting in 2012, Headley struggled at the plate this season hitting .250 with 13 homers and 50 RBI. In 141 games, Headley added 35 doubles and two triples.

The Gold Glove third basemen finished the season with a .968 fielding percentage - ranking ninth among third basemen in the majors. The Padres finished in fourth place in the NL West Division with a 76-86 record.

Chase Headley Season Highlights

Season G AB AVG H 2B 3B HR RBI
2013 141 520 .250 130 35 2 13 50

Deunte Heath
P // Chicago White Sox

Years Pro: 2
MLB Bio | Stats

Playing in his second major league season for the Chicago White Sox, Deunte Heath appeared in five games in relief. He totalled 7.2 innings, allowing eight hits and a .276 batting average against. Unlike the 2012 campaign where Heath starred in relief on the South Side, Heath finished this season with a 11.74 earned run average. He played one season for the Vols in 2006.

Season G IP W L ERA CG Ks SHO
2013 5 7.2 0 0 11.74 0 3 0

Todd Helton
1B // Colorado Rockies

Years Pro: 17
MLB Bio | Stats

The greatest player in Tennessee and Colorado Rockies history, Todd Helton hung up the cleats after 17 seasons in Denver this season. A five-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Helton played in 124 games on his farewell tour, compiling 99 hits, 22 doubles and 15 homers for a .249 average.

Of those 99 hits, none was more important than the one that came on Sept. 1. On a full count against the Cincinnati Reds' Curtis Patch, Helton laced a fastball down the left-field line and beat out the throw to second for his 2,500th career hit. It was also his 584th career double.

Helton closed his career with a .316 batting average, 2,519 hits, 592 doubles and 369 home runs. He holds Rockies' records for games played (2,247), runs scored (1,401), hits, doubles, home runs, RBI (1,406) and walks (1,335).

We'll see you in Cooperstown, Todd.

Todd Helton Season Highlights

Season G AB AVG H 2B 3B HR RBI
2013 124 397 .249 99 22 1 15 61

Luke Hochevar
P // Kansas City Royals

Years Pro: 7
MLB Bio | Stats

After starting for six seasons for the Kansas City Royals, Luke Hochevar - the 2005 Roger Clemens Award winner and SEC Pitcher of the Year - was moved to the bullpen in 2013. The hard-throwing right-hander shined in relief for the Royals, finishing the season with a 5-2 record, a 1.92 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP in 70.1 innings pitched over 58 appearances. He also fanned an impressive 82 batters in relief and earned two saves in five opportunities.

One of his top performances on the season came against the Indians on Sept. 10. Entering in a jam in the seventh inning, Hochevar struck out five-consecutive batters to help the Royals earn a 6-3 win. Here's the highlight. Kansas City finished in third place in the AL Central Division with a 86-76 record.

Luke Hochevar Season Highlights

Season G IP W L ERA SV WHIP Ks
2013 58 70.1 5 2 1.92 2 0.82 82

 

 

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