June 21, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas -
The UT Arlington baseball program started the 2010 Major League Baseball season with several former players who were either in the big leagues as a player, coach or manager, or were trying to reach the big leagues from the minor-league level.
Currently, there are 13 former UTA players who are associated with an MLB organization as a player or coach. Throughout the remainder of the 2010 MLB season, UT Arlington sports information will provide weekly updates on former Mavericks competing at the major league and minor league level.
Steve Foster (Bullpen Coach - Kansas City Royals)
- Foster and the Kansas City Royals are currently 29-41 overall and are in fourth place in the American League Central. Foster and the Royals picked up a pair of wins last week - both against Houston - before suffering a sweep on the road in Interleague play against Atlanta. One of the top pitchers for the Royals this season has been reliever Joakim Soria, who ranks fourth in the AL with 16 saves and is 0-1 with a 2.81 ERA in 25 appearances with 33 strikeouts and only six walks allowed.
Hunter Pence (Right Fielder - Houston Astros)
- Pence, a 2009 National League All-Star outfielder, has played in 67 games this season and is batting .269 with 38 runs, 11 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 31 RBI. He is second on the team with 68 hits and with seven stolen bases and his 10 home runs are tied for the team lead with Carlos Lee. The Astros are 26-44 overall and are 3.5 games behind Milwaukee for fourth place in the NL Central. Pence is batting .363 (8-for-22) during his past six games with three multi-hit games.
John Lackey (Starting Pitcher - Boston Red Sox)
- In his first season with the Red Sox, Lackey is 8-3 with a 4.53 ERA in 14 starts spanning 87.1 innings pitched. He has 49 strikeouts and has allowed 101 base hits and 44 earned runs. He is one of three pitchers on the team with a team best 14 starts (Lester & Buchholz) and his innings rank third on the team. The Red Sox have crept back into the hunt in the AL East after winning six in a row and eight of its past 10. Boston, along with Tampa Bay, are just one game out of the division lead, as the New York Yankees lead the division with a 43-26 overall record. Lackey has pitched at least 6.0 innings in 10 of his last 11 starts and has held opponents to four runs or fewer in six consecutive starts.
Mark Lowe (Relief Pitcher - Seattle Mariners)
- Mark Lowe's season came to an end following a May 3 appearances where he suffered lower back disk inflammation and was later forced to have back surgery on June 15, which ended his 2010 season. Lowe was 1-3 with a 3.48 ERA in 11 appearances (10.1 innings). He struck out seven and walked five batters while opponents batted .282.
Adam Moore (Catcher - Seattle Mariners)
- Moore was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an injured left leg on May 15, and has since made five rehab starts with Triple-A Tacoma. Moore has batted .563 (9-for-16) with a double, home run, two RBI and a .813 slugging percentage for Tacoma. Moore has gone 3-for-3 and 4-for-4 in two of his last three games at Triple-A. Before his injury, in 19 games with Seattle, Moore batted .193 (11-for-57) with three doubles, a home run and four RBI.
Ryan Roberts (Utility Player - Arizona Diamondbacks)
- Roberts, who started the 2010 season at Triple-A Reno, was recalled to the big leagues on May 25 and has since started one game and played in 11 games as a pinch hitter or as a defensive replacement for the Diamondbacks. Roberts had a pinch hit, game-winning single up the middle to lead the D-Backs to a walk-off victory against the Colorado Rockies on June 4, and the following day drove in two runs with a double down the left-field line as a pinch hitter against the Rockies. Roberts has spent parts of the past five seasons in the big leagues with the Blue Jays (2006-07), Rangers (2008) and Diamondbacks (2009-present).
Dillon Gee (Starting Pitcher - New York Mets - Triple-A - Buffalo Bisons)
- Gee is 6-4 with a 4.73 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Buffalo. He has pitched 80.0 innings with 75 strikeouts and 24 walks allowed while opponents are batting .269 this season. Gee has thrown at least 6.0 innings in seven of his last 10 starts and has struck out at least seven batters in four of those starts.
Matthew Sartor (Relief Pitcher - Los Angeles Dodgers - Single-A - Inland Empire 66ers)
- Sartor, who started the season in Double-A Chattanooga, is currently pitching in Single-A for the Inland Empire where he has pitched 8.1 innings with a 2.16 ERA in seven appearances. He has struck out 11 batters and walked three with the 66ers.
Nathan Long (Relief Pitcher - Oakland Athletics - Single-A - Vancouver Canadians)
- Long has yet to make his 2010 debut with the Vancouver Canadians. Last season Long was drafted in the 26th round by Oakland and made 22 appearances for the Canadians in his professional-debut season where he logged 36.1 innings with 25 strikeouts and a 1-2 record with a 6.69 ERA.
Andy Sauter (Relief Pitcher - Milwaukee Brewers - Single-A - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers)
- Sauter has made nine appearances this season for the Timber Rattlers in the Class-A Midwest League where he is 0-2 with an 8.22 ERA in nine appearances. Sauter has struck out six batters and walked two. He has shined in his last seven outings where he has allowed only two earned runs over 5.2 innings pitched. Sauter has tallied five scoreless outings this campaign.
Andrew Kainer (Relief Pitcher - Florida Marlins - Single-A - Jamestown Jammers)
- Kainer made his first appearance of the season on Sunday for the Jammers where he allowed one run and one base hit in 2.0 innings with two strikeouts. Kainer signed a free agent contract with the Marlins after his senior season with the Mavs in 2009 where he batted .417 and broke the school and conference hit streak record with a 36-game hitting streak as a left fielder and designated hitter. Kainer pitched only 1.0 inning, but was one of six Mavericks who were drafted or signed as a pitcher.
Tim Steggall (Relief Pitcher - Texas Rangers - Extended Spring Training)
- Steggall signed a free agent contract with the Rangers towards the middle of August last year after playing his junior season for the Mavericks. He spent all of spring training with Texas and most recently was involved in the organization's extended spring training. Steggall, who was signed as a right-handed pitcher, didn't pitch an inning for UTA in his career, was the starting shortstop in all 56 games in 2009. Steggall batted .255 (60-for-235) with 14 doubles and 29 RBI.
Rett Varner (Starting Pitcher - Florida Marlins - 6th Round Draft Pick)
- Varner reported to minicamp at the Florida Marlins spring training facility in Jupiter, Fla., just after signing his professional contract. He will spend two weeks in Jupiter before joining the Marlins' short-season Single-A team in Jamestown, N.Y.
Jason Mitchell (Starting Pitcher - Kansas City Royals - 15th Round Draft Pick)
- Mitchell reported to the Kansas City Royals' spring training site in Surprise, Ariz., where he will prepare before joining the Royals' short-season Single-A team in Idaho Falls.
- Michael Choice was drafted in the first round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Oakland Athletics with the 10th overall selection... Logan Bawcom was drafted in the 17th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.