April 3, 2013
ARLINGTON, TEXAS -- The 2013 Major League Baseball season has begun and there are six former UT Arlington Mavericks in big league uniforms at the start of the year.
This year’s group includes Hunter Pence of the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, Ryan Roberts of the Tampa Bay Rays, Dillon Gee of the New York Mets, Mark Lowe of the Los Angeles Angels, John Lackey of the Boston Red Sox and Trey Hillman, who is the bench coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Pence begins his first full season with the Giants after joining the team at the July trade deadline last season. Pence has also played with Houston and Philadelphia before going to San Francisco.
Roberts is also in his first full season with the Rays after joining the club midway through the 2012 season. This will be his eighth season in the majors and his fourth full season.
Gee is a member of the Mets rotation and is in his third full season with New York. He made his major league debut in 2010 before becoming a full-time member of the rotation in 2011.
Mark Lowe is in his first season with the Angels after pitching for Texas the last three seasons. He has been in the major leagues since 2006 when he made his debut with Seattle.
Lackey missed all of the 2012 season after undergoing “Tommy John” surgery. He is back with the Red Sox as a member of their starting rotation.
Hillman is in his second season as the bench coach of the Dodgers, working for manager Don Mattingly.
A number of former Mavericks are also getting closer to the big leagues, as former first round draft choice Michael Choice of Oakland will make his Triple-A debut with Sacramento later this week. Pitcher Logan Bawcom will be in Triple-A Tacoma in the Seattle organization while catcher Adam Moore, who has played in the majors for Seattle and Kansas City, is at Triple-A Omaha.
Other former Mavericks in the minor leagues include outfielder Preston Beck, catcher Chad Comer and pitchers Rett Varner, Adam Boydston, Collin Reynolds, Jason Mitchell, Mark Picca, Lance Day and Nathan Long.