Tar Heels in the Pros: MLB

Heels inthe ProsThe new Major League Baseball season is in full swing. So lets take a look at how a few former Tar Heels have started off the 2014 campaign.

Chris Iannetta

The Anaheim Angels catcher has never been confused with a slugger, but so far in this young season he’s really struggling. Iannetta only has 5 hits in 40 plate appearances, which is good for a 152. batting average. When he has gotten a hit, Chris has done a little damage by driving in six runs including 1 home run. Defensively, Iannetta has been rock solid as usual and that’s what makes him valuable to the Angles.

Apr 6, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley (13) signs autographs before the game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Dustin Ackley

The Seattle Mariners center fielder has played pretty well in the first couple weeks of the season. In the 12 games that Ackley has played in, he has a solid .295 batting average with 7 runs batted in and five extra base hits – including 3 doubles. Dustin also has an OPS (on-base + slugging percentage) of .803 and he’s scored 8 runs which makes him top’s in both categories on the team. The position change to everyday center fielder has been quite smooth as well. Ackley range and athleticism should turn him into an above average defensive outfielder and make his pitchers very happy.

Andrew Miller

Over the last couple of season the long lanky left-hander has proven to be one of the Boston Red Sox’s top relievers. And so far this season he’s been pretty much the same. Andrew is 1-0 with a 2.25 era on the two-week old season. In 4 innings pitched, Miller has only given up 1 earned run and 2 hits. Andrew has been pretty filthy overall but when facing left-handed batters, he’s been unhittable. Lefty’s have zero hits and 3 walks in 10 plate appearances versus the former Tar Heel Ace. I think that the definition of unhittable… at least thus far.

Adam Warren

The young hard throwing right-hander has been arguably the New York Yankees top pitcher out of the bullpen. Warren has flat-out been dealing. In 6 innings pitched, Adam has given up 2 hits and zero runs. He has 7 strikeouts and 2 walks, so reaching base on this guy has been a major task for hitters. I’m well aware that the season is less than a month old and we should overreact to nothing we see right now. However, no one can deny the fact that Warren has had a stellar start to the year and he could be a major force going forward.

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