Aug. 25, 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 have lost five in a row and are 47-77 overall this season. The Royals have gone 7-15 in the month of August and will finish the month with two games at home against the Indians (August 25-26) before traveling to Seattle and Oakland for the five remaining days in August.
Steve Foster (Bullpen Coach - Florida Marlins)
- Foster and the Marlins have dropped to eight games back in the National League East. The Marlins are 65-59 overall, sitting five games behind the Colorado Rockies in the NL Wild Card race. The Marlins are fourth in the NL with a .266 batting average and the pitching staff also ranks fourth in the league in strikeouts (939).
Hunter Pence (Right Fielder - Houston Astros)
John Lackey (Starting Pitcher - Los Angeles Angels)
- Pence has experienced a power surge in the month of August with six homers and 14 RBI. He hit two home runs against Florida on Aug. 11 and then followed with a home run and a pair of RBI in back-to-back games against the Brewers on Aug. 15-16. Pence is now batting .282 (127-for-451) with 61 runs, 18 doubles, five triples, 19 home runs and 57 RBI. His next home run will give him his second major league season with at least 20 home runs (career-high 25 in 2008).
- Lackey remains one win shy of his 100th career victory. He will get the opportunity for the milestone win on Tuesday as he takes the hill against the Detroit Tigers at Angels Stadium. Lackey is currently 8-6 with a 4.00 ERA in 19 starts. In his last start he notched his 102nd strikeout of the season, giving him seven straight seasons with at least 100 strikeouts. Lackey will try to maintain his ERA as this would be the fifth straight season with an ERA below four.
Mark Lowe (Relief Pitcher - Seattle Mariners)
- Lowe currently ranks fourth in the American League with 21 holds, trailing Minnesota's Matt Guerrier (24), Boston's Hideki Okajima (23) and Detroit's Bobby Seay (22). Lowe is tied for the Mariners team-lead with 57 appearances while logging a 3.23 ERA in 61.1 innings pitched. His last 2 2/3 innings have been perfect with two strikeouts. Lowe has allowed only four earned runs during the month of August in 10 appearances.
Ryan Roberts (Utility Player - Arizona Diamondbacks)
- Ryan Roberts has quietly become one of the top hitters for the Arizona Diamondbacks. His two most recent games saw him go 6-for-9 with three runs, a walk and an RBI. Since being recalled to the big leagues on July 20, Roberts is batting .330 with (31-for-94) with seven doubles, five home runs and 10 RBI.
Daniel Ortmeier (First Baseman - Colorado Rockies -Triple-A - Colorado Springs Sky Sox)
- Ortmeier is nearing the 400 at-bat mark for the season with Triple-A Colorado Springs where he has batted .304 with seven home runs and 69 RBI. Ortmeier has been a consistent producer in the Sky Sox order with 52 runs and 29 extra-base hits. In addition, Ortmeier has three multiple-hit games over his last seven games played.
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 has hit two homers the past week and has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games played. Moore has been productive at the plate with runners on base hitting at a .325 clip with nine doubles and four homers. On the season, Moore is batting .285 with 21 doubles, 11 homers and 51 RBI.
Matthew Sartor (Relief Pitcher - Los Angeles Dodgers - Double-A - Chattanooga Lookouts)
- Sartor has continued to be one of the top relievers for the Dodgers' Double-A club. He is 4-5 with a 4.10 ERA with 11 saves in 63.2 innings pitched. He has 68 strikeouts and has issued 26 walks this season. Opponents are batting just .230 against him this season.
Nathan Long (Relief Pitcher - Oakland Athletics - Short Season-A - Vancouver Canadians)
- Long has made 19 appearances as a relief pitcher in Short Season-A with Vancouver. He is 1-2 with a 6.28 ERA in 28.2 innings pitched. Long has issued 11 walks with 21 strikeouts this season. Four of his last 10 outings Long has not allowed a base hit.
Andy Sauter (Starting Pitcher - Milwaukee Brewers - Rookie League - Arizona Brewers)
- Sauter has been consistent when it comes to striking out batters this summer with the Brewers Rookie League team. Sauter has at least one strikeout in all eight bullpen appearances this summer. He is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA with 18 strikeouts and just two walks in 13.1 innings pitched.
Matt Otteman (Relief Pitcher - Seattle Mariners - Rookie League - Arizona Mariners)
- Otteman, who earlier this week was named the 17th recipient of the Howard Green SABR Metroplex College Baseball Player of the Year, has been dominating on the mound with the Seattle Mariners Rookie League club. Otteman owns a 1.96 ERA in 23.0 innings pitched out of the bullpen. He has 26 strikeouts and has allowed just five walks with opponents batting .259 against him. Otteman has one save and has not allowed a home run all season.
Andrew Kainer (Relief Pitcher - Florida Marlins - Rookie League - Gulf Coast Marlins)
- Kainer has been solid in his last six relief outings with a 1.13 ERA in eight innings of work. He has struck out nine batters and is allowing opponents to bat just .179 against him. He has not allowed an earned run in his last three relief appearances.
source: MLB.com & MILB.com