July 13, 2009
ARLINGTON, Texas -
The UT Arlington baseball program started the 2009 Major League Baseball season with 11 former players who were 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. With the addition of four players from the UTA Class of 2009, Nathan Long (RHP), Andy Sauter (RHP), Matt Otteman (RHP) and Andrew Kainer (LHP), UT Arlington currently has 15 former players playing with an MLB organization.
Throughout the Major League season, UT Arlington sports information will provide weekly updates on former Mavericks competing at the major league or minor league level.
Trey Hillman (Manager, Kansas City Royals), Dave Owen (3rd Base Coach - Kansas City Royals)
- Trey Hillman, Dave Owen and the Kansas City Royals sit in fourth place in the American League Central going into the All-Star break with a 37-51 overall record, which is 11 ½ games out of the division lead. Hillman will spend the break at the All-Star Game in St. Louis as a member of the A.L. All-Star coaching staff, led by Tampa Bay Rays and A.L. manager Joe Maddon.
Steve Foster (Bullpen Coach - Florida Marlins)
- Foster and the Marlins ended the first-half of the MLB season in second place in the National League East with a 46-44 overall mark. The Fish are four games out in the division race and also in the wildcard standings. Florida finished interleague play with the second most wins (10) in the N.L., trailing only the Colorado Rockies (11).
Hunter Pence (Right Fielder - Houston Astros)
John Lackey (Starting Pitcher - Los Angeles Angels)
- Pence was named to his first MLB All-Star Game as a reserve outfielder as he will try and help the National League win its first All-Star Game since 1996. Pence and all of the big league's best will take the field for the 80th Midsummer Classic on Tuesday, July 14, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Pence is batting .298 (95-for-319) with 15 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs and 37 RBI.
- Lackey has helped the Angels move into first place in the American League West with a 49-37 overall record. They have won seven of their last 10 and during the first half of the season marked the best interleague record in all of baseball (14-4). Lackey made two starts last week while earning the win against the Yankees (7/12) and dropping his first game since June 21 against the Rangers (7/7). Lackey pitched 7.0 innings in the win against New York with six hits allowed and six strikeouts with three walks. Lackey allowed nine hits and six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings pitched against Texas. The right-hander enters the All-Star break with a 4-4 record, 4.93 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 73.0 innings pitched (12 starts).
Mark Lowe (Relief Pitcher - Seattle Mariners)
- Lowe and the Mariners enter the mid-way point in third place in the American League West with a 46-42 overall record. Lowe made three appearances last week pitching 1.0 inning in relief against Baltimore (7/8) and against Texas twice (7/11, 7/12). He didn't allow a run or base hit in all three outings, which included striking out four batters. Lowe owns a 3.00 ERA in six appearances in the month of July. On the season, Lowe is second on the team with 40 appearances, and he is 1-4 with a 3.24 ERA in 41.2 innings pitched. Lowe has allowed 38 base hits and has tallied 32 strikeouts and issued 18 walks.
Ryan Roberts (Utility Player - Arizona Diamondbacks - Triple A - Reno Aces)
- After being optioned to Triple-A on July 4, Roberts has made the most of his new opportunity hitting .367 (11-for-30) with a double, triple and eight RBI in seven games played with the Reno Aces. Roberts has tallied at least one base hit in six of seven games played, which includes four multi-hit games. In a recent three-game stretch against Las Vegas, Roberts batted 6-for-13 with two multi-hit games and three RBI. He was batting .257 (27-for-105) with seven doubles and five RBI in 53 games with the Diamondbacks this season.
Daniel Ortmeier (First Baseman - Colorado Rockies -Triple-A - Colorado Springs Sky Sox)
- Ortmeier has continued to have a strong month of July with 12 base hits during the month. Last week Ortmeier's top performance was going 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI against Salt Lake City on Friday. He is now batting .343 (12-for-35) in the month with seven RBI. This season Ortmeier is hitting .301 (82-for-272) with 11 doubles, four triples and three home runs with 39 RBI. Ortmeier, a third-round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants in 2002, has played in 38 major league games and owns a career .219 batting average.
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 continues to build on an already impressive 2009 season while posting base hits in both games last week before the Triple-A All-Star break. Moore is batting .309 with 12 doubles, five home runs and 24 RBI for Triple-A Tacoma.
Matthew Sartor (Relief Pitcher - Los Angeles Dodgers - Double-A - Chattanooga Lookouts)
- Sartor will play in his first career professional All-Star Game on Monday night as a member of the North Division at the Double-A Southern League All-Star Game at Regions Park in Birmingham, Ala. Sartor made two appearances last week with a perfect 0.00 ERA in 1 2/3 innings pitched. He struck out three batters in his first outing last week on Thursday. This season Sartor is 1-3 with a 3.23 ERA in 32 relief appearances. Sartor has seven saves and 53 strikeouts in 47.1 innings pitched.
Nathan Long (Relief Pitcher - Oakland Athletics - Short Season-A - Vancouver Canadians)
- Long made two appearances last week where he totaled 3.0 innings pitched and three strikeouts. Long is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA in 10.1 innings pitched with 10 strikeouts and has yet to walk a batter.
Andy Sauter (Starting Pitcher - Milwaukee Brewers - Rookie League - Arizona Brewers)
- Sauter made his professional pitching debut throwing an inning in relief with one strikeout while allowing one base hit against the Arizona Cubs on Sunday. Sauter went 4-2 this past season with a 4.55 ERA in 57.1 innings pitched. He struck out 44 batters and allowed 16 walks in 11 appearances (seven starts).
Matt Otteman (Relief Pitcher - Seattle Mariners - Rookie League - Arizona Mariners)
- Otteman pitched 3.0 innings in relief last week with appearances on July 7 and July 10. Otteman struck out two batters in each outing while allowing three hits and two runs. Otteman is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in three appearances this summer. He has pitched 5.0 innings and has struck out seven batters.
Andrew Kainer (Relief Pitcher - Florida Marlins - Rookie League - Gulf Coast Marlins)
- Kainer signed a free agent contract as a left-handed pitcher with the Florida Marlins on Friday, June 26, as he joined the Marlins Rookie League team, Gulf Coast Marlins. Kainer has yet to make his professional pitching debut. At the plate, Kainer batted .417 as a senior and broke the UT Arlington and Southland Conference all-time hitting streak records with a 36-game hit streak. He threw one inning as a senior during the 2009 season.
source: MLB.com & MILB.com