July 18, 2012
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
A periodic look at how former UT Arlington baseball players are doing in the Major Leagues:
SP | New York Mets
During the All-Star break, Gee was placed on the Mets disabled list after it came known that he would have to undergo surgery to relieve a blood clot in his right shoulder. Gee, who has been one of the Mets most consistent pitchers during the last two seasons may be done in 2012. He is 6-7 to this point, but was 13-6 in 2011 - his first full season in the Major Leagues. Gee has 21 career wins in his 52 starts and a career ERA of 4.06
SP | Boston Red Sox
Lackey's 2012 season has yet to leave the station after starting the season on the disabled list. Lackey underwent Tommy John surgery in November of 2011. His manager, Bobby Valentine, has rumored that Lackey could return as soon as September. Lackey has thrown just three bullpen sessions since undergoing the procedure. Lackey has been in the Majors since 2002 and has 128 career wins.
RP | Texas Rangers
Lowe has pitched in 26 games this season for the defending American League champions. His 2.30 ERA is fifth best on a pitching staff that has been plagued by injury during the course of the 2012 campaign. Lowe has been with the Texas Rangers since 2010 and has 243 career appearances since his first Major League appearance in 2006 with the Seattle Mariners.
C | Kansas City Royals
The last two years have not been what Moore imagined in the Major Leagues. Playing in just his second game of the season in 2011, Moore tore his meniscus and has undergone two surgeries to repair the tear since. He was designated for assignment by the Mariners last week and was picked up by the Kansas City Royals off of waivers on July 7. Moore has played in 68 games since his first appearance in 2009 and has a career batting average of .197
RF | Philadelphia Phillies
Pence recently had a game-winning hit Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers that broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning. His 17 home runs are tied for seventh in the National League this season. He hit .285 with 97 hits during the first half of the season. Despite the high average and production at the plate, Pence has been linked to trade rumors and could find his home elsewhere by the July 31 trade deadline. Pence spent much of his early career with the Houston Astros after being drafted in the second round of the 2004 draft.
3B | Arizona Diamondbacks
Roberts hit for a .237 batting average during the first half of the 2012 season. His six home runs are tied for seventh on the team. Roberts has been in the Major Leagues since 2006 and has played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers before being picked up by the defending National League West champions in 2009. Roberts has a career .248 average and 35 home runs in seven seasons in the big leagues.
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CF | Double-A Midland RockHounds (Oakland Athletics)
Choice was hit-less in the 2012 Futures game consisting of Minor-League All-Stars but has already had a great 2012 season. He is hitting .280 at the plate and is tied for second on the team in home runs with nine in just 86 games. Choice was the tenth pick by the Oakland Athletics in the 2010 draft.
OF | Single-A Spokane Indians (Texas Rangers)
Beck, the fifth round pick by the Rangers in June, continues his hot streak into his professional career. The Southland Conference home run leader in 2012 has already one home run and 13 RBI's in just 27 games played. Beck is playing in the Short-Season Class-A league.
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