June 29, 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 15 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 32-44 after winning three of their previous four games to remain 9.5 games out of first place in the American League Central. In fact, the top three teams in the division (Minnesota, Detroit, Chicago White Sox) are all within 1.5 games of each other at the top of the standings. The Royals won two out of three in their I-70 rivalry against St. Louis with a 4-2 win on Friday and a 10-3 win on Sunday in Kansas City.
Hunter Pence (Right Fielder - Houston Astros)
- Pence, a 2009 National League All-Star outfielder, hit safely in four of five games last week, which included playing a pair of games back in his hometown of Arlington against the Texas Rangers. Pence hit a three-run homer against San Francisco (6/24) and drove in a run going 1-for-5 with two runs against the Rangers (6/25). Pence is batting .264 (72-for-273) with 43 runs, 12 doubles, 11 home runs, 35 RBI and nine stolen bases. Pence recently hit his 100th career double and he needs only five stolen bases for 50 in his career. Already with 11 homers, Pence is on pace to notch his fourth straight season with at least 20 homers.
John Lackey (Starting Pitcher - Boston Red Sox)
Mark Lowe (Relief Pitcher - Seattle Mariners)
- Lackey and the Red Sox remain in the race for the American League East title as they are currently 46-31 overall and 2.0 games behind New York (47-28). Lackey pitched 6.2 innings and allowed 10 hits and five earned runs with seven strikeouts in his last start in Interleague action at Colorado. He took the no-decision, but saw his ERA jump to 4.78 on the year. He is 8-3 in 15 starts pitching 94.0 innings with 56 strikeouts and 37 walks allowed.
- Mark Lowe's
season came to an end following a May 2 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 12 rehab starts with Triple-A Tacoma. Moore has batted .462 (18-for-39) with two doubles, a home run and five RBI. He has batted .500 in his last 10 games, which includes five multi-hit games (three games with three or more hits) and is 5-for-8 in his last two games against Sacramento.
Ryan Roberts (Utility Player - Arizona Diamondbacks)
- Roberts was optioned to Triple-A Reno on June 21 after playing in 12 games this season with the Diamondbacks batting .176 (3-for-17). In 49 games with the Reno Aces this season Roberts is batting .250 (46-for-184) with 14 doubles, four home runs and 28 RBI with eight stolen bases. 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 6-5 in 15 starts this season pitching 83.0 innings with a 5.31 ERA. He has allowed 92 base hits and surrendered 24 walks with 79 strikeouts. In Gee's last outing he allowed seven runs on nine hits in a 3.0 inning with four strikeouts.
Matthew Sartor (Relief Pitcher - Los Angeles Dodgers - Single-A - Inland Empire 66ers)
- Sartor, who started the season in Double-A Chattanooga, has been strong in his last several relief appearances for the Empire 66ers. He has allowed only two earned runs in his last 10 outings where he has tallied a 1.80 ERA in 10.0 innings pitched with 12 strikeouts and three walks allowed.
Nathan Long (Relief Pitcher - Oakland Athletics - Single-A - Vancouver Canadians)
- Long has made two starts this season for the Canadians and is 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA in 11.2 innings. He made his first start of the season pitching 5.2 innings allowing six hits and one run with six strikeouts without allowing a walk. His next start on June 26, Long picked up the win going 6.0 innings and issuing three walks and giving up three runs on six hits with four strikeouts.
Andy Sauter (Relief Pitcher - Milwaukee Brewers - Single-A - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers)
- Sauter is 0-2 with an 11.42 ERA in 10 appearances (all relief) for the Timber Rattlers. He has pitched 8.2 innings allowing 12 runs on 21 hits with six strikeouts and three walks allowed. Five of his last eight appearances have been scoreless.
Andrew Kainer (Relief Pitcher - Florida Marlins - Single-A - Jamestown Jammers)
- Kainer has made three relief appearances where he has a 0-0 record with a 4.50 ERA in 4.0 innings this season. He has three strikeouts and three walks allowed and has held opponents to a .214 batting average.
Tim Steggall (Relief Pitcher - Texas Rangers - Arizona Rookie League)
- Steggall has been assigned to the Rangers Rookie League team in Arizona where he has yet to make an appearance this season.
Jason Mitchell (Relief Pitcher - Kansas City Royals - Rookie - Idaho Falls Chukars)
- Mitchell made his professional debut on June 21 in a relief appearance against the San Diego Rookie League team in Arizona. Mitchell threw 1.2 innings with two strikeouts and one walk allowed without giving up a run or base hit. His second outing was last Thursday when he recorded one out and gave up one base hit. He is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 2.0 innings this season.
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 soon join the Marlins' short-season Single-A team in Jamestown, N.Y.
Logan Bawcom (Relief Pitcher - Los Angeles Dodgers - Rookie - Ogden Raptors)
- Bawcom signed a professional contract with the Dodgers on Sunday, June 27, but has reported to Ogden and is expected to make his professional debut this week. Bawcom was a 17th round draft pick by the Dodgers in June's MLB Draft.
- 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... Varner, Mitchell and Bawcom - all members of the 2010 Mavericks - have all signed pro contracts.