Tar Heels in the Pros: MLB

heelsinthepros3The grind of the Major League Baseball season is well underway, so it’s a good time to see how a handful of former Tar Heels are doing a month into the season.

Kyle Seager: It’s been a tale of two seasons already for this former Carolina standout. The Seattle Mariners third baseman started the season off really slow but as of late he’s been red-hot. In fact, Kyle was named American League co-player of the week for April 21-27. In that time frame he was 9 for 22 with 5 home runs (which leads the team) and 11 RBI’s. Although Seager is still batting a chilly .229, his recent hot stretch is evidence that this young man is turning his season around.

Chris Iannetta: Speaking of getting off to a slow start, that’s exactly what happened to Iannetta. The first couple of weeks were awful for him but as of late Chris’s bat has begun to warm up. Over the last week the Anaheim Angels catcher is batting .400 with 3 RBI’s and 3 walks. As usual, Iannetta has been stellar defensively and is yet to commit an error on the young season.

Dustin Ackley: The Seattle Mariners outfielder has cooled off a little bit considering the start he had. Ackley’s batting average has slid to .256, the extra base hits has virtually disappeared and the RBI’s has been at a minimum as he’s only drove in 4 runs in the last two weeks. Defensively, Dustin has been solid. He has zero errors with a 2 outfield assists and his flexibility has been an asset to the squad as he spends time in center and left field.

Tim Federowicz: It’s been a long season so far for the Los Angeles Dodgers catcher. In 46 at-bats Tim is hitting an awful .109 with a mind-blowing 5 hits. Combine that with 11 strikeouts, a .163 on base percentage and the Dodgers had seen enough and sent him to Triple A Albuquerque. Federowicz has been shaky on D as well. He’s already committed 3 throwing errors and that’s another reason he was demoted.

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