June 15, 2009
ARLINGTON, Texas -
The UT Arlington baseball program started the 2009 Major League Baseball season with 11 former players who are either currently in the big leagues, as a player, coach or manager, or are trying to reach the big leagues from the Double or Triple-A level.
Throughout the Major League season, UT Arlington sports information will provide weekly updates on former Mavericks competing in the major leagues and high minor league level.
Trey Hillman (Manager, Kansas City Royals), Dave Owen (3rd Base Coach - Kansas City Royals)
- Hillman, Owen and the Kansas City Royals are currently 2 ½ games out of second place in the American League Central and 5 ½ games behind league-leader Detroit. The Royals are 28-34 overall and have won three straight games with a sweep at home over Cincinnati last weekend in interleague action. The Royals have remained solid on the mound with the third best ERA (.4.12) in the A.L. and have the most complete games (7) in the league.
Steve Foster (Bullpen Coach - Florida Marlins)
- Foster and the Marlins sit in third place of the National League East with a 32-33 overall record where they are six games behind first-place Philadelphia. The Marlins have actually played better on the road this season with a 17-14 record, compared to a 15-19 record at Marlins Ballpark. The Marlins' pitching staff has certainly carried their weight with a Major League best 501 strikeouts. Right-handed pitcher Josh Johnson ranks among MLB leaders with two complete games (fifth), 98.0 innings pitched (second), 14 games started (tied for first) and 83 strikeouts (12th).
Hunter Pence (Right Fielder - Houston Astros)
John Lackey (Starting Pitcher - Los Angeles Angels)
- Pence returns home on Tuesday for a three-game series against his hometown Texas Rangers at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Pence and the Astros are in the thick of things in the National League Central (four games out of first place), despite sitting in sixth place in the league standings with a 29-32 overall record. Pence helped lead the Astros to their fifth consecutive series victory on Sunday going 1-for-3 with a solo home run and scoring two runs while he ranks ninth in the National League with a .323 batting average. Pence is tied for 11th in the league with 71 base hits and he has tallied nine doubles, four triples, eight home runs and 26 RBI with a .509 slugging percentage this season.
- Lackey will make his seventh start of the season on Monday night against Barry Zito and the Giants in San Francisco. Lackey received the loss in his most recent start last Wednesday against Tampa Bay, allowing 11 hits and eight earned runs in 5.0 innings with two strikeouts and a pair of walks. Lackey is 1-2 this season with a 6.61 ERA while throwing 31.1 innings in his six starts. Lackey has 18 strikeouts and has walked eight batters this season.
Mark Lowe (Relief Pitcher - Seattle Mariners)
- Lowe pitched an inning against Baltimore (6/11) and an inning against Colorado (6/13) last week while making his 28th and 29th appearance of the season. Lowe is 0-4 with a 3.90 ERA in 30 innings pitched. He has struck out 20 and walked 13 batters this season.
Ryan Roberts (Utility Player - Arizona Diamondbacks)
- Roberts' batting average dipped below .300 (.298) for the first time since May 8 this past week while playing in three games against San Francisco (two games) and Houston. Roberts started at third base for the Diamondbacks on Friday as he squared off against former UTA-teammate Hunter Pence, who started for the Astros in right field. Now in his fourth big-league season, Roberts has seven doubles and five RBI with 10 walks this season.
Daniel Ortmeier (First Baseman - Colorado Rockies -Triple-A - Colorado Springs Sky Sox)
- Ortmeier recorded six hits in six games last week, which included a 4-for-5 performance with two runs scored, a double and RBI against Las Vegas on June 12. Ortmeier is now batting .298 in 51 games played with five doubles, three triples and two home runs with 28 RBI on the season. Ortmeier and the Sky Sox are leading the Pacific Coast League North Division with a 36-27 overall record.
Dillon Gee (Starting Pitcher - New York Mets - Triple-A - Buffalo Bisons)
- Gee, who entered the season at No. 17 on Baseball America's Mets Top 30 prospect list, remains on the disabled list after suffering a right shoulder sprain. Gee's last start was on May 25, throwing 4.0 innings while allowing four hits and four earned runs. Gee is 1-3 with a 4.10 ERA in nine starts (48.1 IP) with 42 strikeout and only 16 walks this season for the Triple-A Buffalo in the International League.
Adam Moore (Catcher - Seattle Mariners - Triple-A - Tacoma Rainiers)
- Moore hit safely in four of five games last week in a game against Las Vegas and in a four-game series against Sacramento. In Triple-A this season, Moore is batting .287 with six doubles, two homers and 15 RBI. Combined Double-A and Triple-A stats, Moore is hitting .275 with 11 doubles, five home runs and 28 RBI. He has been especially productive at the plate against left-handed pitching with a .346 batting average (9-for-26) with four doubles and six RBI. Entering this season Moore had received three minor league All-Star selections, including 2007 California Mid-Season All-Star, 2007 California Post-Season All-Star and 2008 Southern Mid-Season All-Star.
Matthew Sartor (Relief Pitcher - Los Angeles Dodgers - Double-A - Chattanooga Lookouts)
- Sartor continued his impressive season last week with two appearances totaling 3 1/3 innings with six strikeouts while not allowing a base hit or an earned run. The last month Sartor is 0-1 with a 1.23 ERA with one save in 14 2/3 innings pitched. During that time Sartor has allowed seven base hits and five walks with 19 strikeouts. In 21 appearances this season, Sartor has a 2.50 ERA with three save, 36.0 innings pitched, 38 strikeouts and has allowed 11 walks while opponents have recorded a .148 batting average.
source: MLB.com & MILB.com