Oct. 7, 2009
ARLINGTON, Texas -
The UT Arlington baseball program started the 2009 Major League Baseball season with 11 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 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 had a total of 15 former players playing with an MLB organization.
Throughout the Major League season, UT Arlington sports information kept up with all of the former Mavericks and gave weekly updates on how each was performing. This week's report will be the final of the 2009 season. One former Maverick, John Lackey, made it to the MLB post-season and is the scheduled starter for the Angels in Game 1 of their ALDS series with the Boston Red Sox.
Trey Hillman (Manager, Kansas City Royals), Dave Owen (3rd Base Coach - Kansas City Royals)
- Trey Hillman, Dave Owen and the Kansas City Royals finished the 2009 regular season with a 65-97 overall record and tied for fourth place in the American League Central Division. Right-hander Zack Greinke is one of the favorites for the A.L. Cy Young award as he finished the season leading the league in ERA (2.16), finishing second in strikeouts (242) and finishing second in complete games (6).
Steve Foster (Bullpen Coach - Florida Marlins)
- Foster and the Marlins made a late-season run for the National League Wild Card spot and finished five games behind Colorado. The Marlins finished 87-75 overall and had the N.L. leader in batting average (Hanley Ramirez, .342). Ramirez had 42 doubles, 24 home runs, 106 RBI and played in 151 games.
Hunter Pence (Right Fielder - Houston Astros)
John Lackey (Starting Pitcher - Los Angeles Angels)
- Pence had a breakthrough season - his third in the big leagues - as he batted .282 with 76 runs, 165 hits, 26 doubles, five triples, 25 home runs and 72 RBI. Pence made his first MLB All-Star Game as a reserve outfielder for the National League and he marked career-highs in games played (159), base hits, walks (58), stolen bases (14) and tied a career-high for homers.
- Lackey helped lead the Angels to their fifth A.L. West title in six years with a 97-65 overall record. Lackey, who is the scheduled Game 1 starter for the Halos against the Red Sox in the ALDS, finished the regular season with an 11-8 record with a 3.83 ERA, 176.1 innings pitched and 139 strikeouts in 27 starts. Lackey surpassed the career-100 win plateau, after pitching eight innings and not allowing an earned run against the Oakland Athletics on August 30.
Mark Lowe (Relief Pitcher - Seattle Mariners)
- Lowe ranked fourth in the American League with 26 holds. On the season, Lowe made 75 appearances, tallied a 2-7 record with a 3.26 ERA in 80.0 innings pitched. Lowe struck out 69 batters, allowed 71 base hits and issued only 29 walks. In his fourth Major League season, Lowe marked career-highs in wins (2), appearances, saves (3), innings pitched and strikeouts.
Ryan Roberts (Utility Player - Arizona Diamondbacks)
- Ryan Roberts played in 110 games, primarily as the everyday second baseman, for the Arizona Diamondbacks in his first full season in the big leagues. Roberts batted .279 (85-for-305) with 41 runs, 17 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 25 RBI. Entering this season, Roberts had spent parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues, but Roberts had never played more than nine games or had more than 13 at-bats in any season. He began his career with the Toronto Blue Jays (2006-07) and spent last season with the Texas Rangers (2008) before joining the Diamondbacks this season.
Adam Moore (Catcher - Seattle Mariners)
- Moore broke into the big leagues in a big way as he made his major league debut as the starting catcher during the Mariners' 4-3 victory in 14 innings over the Chicago White Sox on September 17. Moore went 0-for-5 with three groundouts, a fielder's choice and a pop out at the plate, but his efforts behind the plate are what will be remembered. Moore's 14-innings caught are the most in an MLB debut dating back to 1954, according to Stats Inc. and Baseball-Reference.com. The previous high was 12.0 innings by Jackie Moore (Detroit, 1965), Danny Breeden (Cincinnati, 1969), Ramon Hernandez (Oakland, 1999) and Wyatt Toregas (Cleveland, 2009). Moore played in six games while recording a .217 batting average (5-for-23), one double, one home run and two RBI. Moore hit his first career home run with a solo shot to right field against Oakland on Sept. 30.
Daniel Ortmeier (First Baseman - Colorado Rockies -Triple-A - Colorado Springs Sky Sox)
- Ortmeier finished his seventh professional season - his first in the Colorado Rockies organization - this year with a .295 batting average (127-for-431) with 17 doubles, five triples, seven home runs, 51 walks, 11 stolen bases and 73 RBI for Triple-A Colorado Springs. Ortmeier's batting average ranked just outside of the top 25 in the Pacific Coast League, and he finished 21st in the league in RBI.
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 final start was on May 25, throwing 4.0 innings while allowing four hits and four earned runs. Gee was 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.
Matthew Sartor (Relief Pitcher - Los Angeles Dodgers - Double-A - Chattanooga Lookouts)
- Matt Sartor - who was named to the Double-A All-Star Game in July - finished the season with a 4-6 record, 4.27 ERA, 71.2 innings pitched, 76 strikeouts and 11 saves in 49 appearances. Sartor allowed opponents to bat just .236 while allowing 65 base hits and 28 walks on the campaign. He ranked sixth in Southern League in saves and eighth in appearances.
Nathan Long (Relief Pitcher - Oakland Athletics - Short Season-A - Vancouver Canadians)
- After logging 93.1 innings and striking out a school-record 104 batters for the Mavericks in 2009, Long began his professional career with the Athletics' Short Season-A team where he made 22 appearances posting 36.1 innings. Long finished with a 1-2 record with a 6.69 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 14 walks allowed.
Andy Sauter (Starting Pitcher - Milwaukee Brewers - Rookie League - Arizona Brewers)
- Sauter was impressive in his nine outings with the Milwaukee Brewers' Rookie League team as he tallied 15.1 innings with a 1-0 record, 2.93 ERA and with 22 strikeouts and only two base-on-balls. Sauter allowed just 14 base hits while allowing opponents to bat just .237. Sauter allowed only one earned run in his final nine innings pitched.
Matt Otteman (Relief Pitcher - Seattle Mariners - Rookie League - Arizona Mariners)
- Otteman was stellar during his first professional season on the mound, this after leading the Southland Conference during his senior season with a .432 batting average and being named the SABR Metroplex Collegiate Player of the Year. Otteman posted a 1.88 ERA in 16 appearances with 28 strikeouts and five walks with the Mariners' Rookie League team. He had a 1-0 record and allowed 22 hits and a .250 opponent batting average.
Andrew Kainer (Relief Pitcher - Florida Marlins - Rookie League - Gulf Coast Marlins)
- Kainer allowed only one earned run in 8 2/3 innings after making his professional debut. He finished the season with a 1-0 record, 4.00 ERA in seven appearances with 10 strikeouts and eight walks. He recorded a 0.89 ERA his last six outings of the season. Kainer allowed opposing batters to bat just .167 on the season.
source: MLB.com & MILB.com