With the Midsummer Classic coming up on July 9, it is a good time to check in with some of the North Carolina Tar Heels in the majors.
This season has been an exciting one for the 2015 Diamond Heels. Via UNC Athletics, Trevor Kelley, Trent Thornton, Skye Bolt, and Zac Gallen have all made their MLB debut in 2019, with Kelley taking the mound in the majors for the first time on Tuesday night:
With Trevor Kelley making his MLB debut with the Boston Red Sox in Toronto, he becomes the fourth former UNC player to make their Major League debut this season, joining Trent Thornton, Skye Bolt and Zac Gallen. All four played on the 2015 team. https://t.co/HyUWcwUFvI— Carolina Baseball (@DiamondHeels) July 3, 2019
One of the most impressive callups was Gallen. Now the fourth in the rotation for the Marlins, in his debut, he struck out six batters:
Zac Gallen’s six strikeouts tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals were the most by a @Marlins pitcher in their MLB debut since Dillon Peters recorded eight on Sept. 1, 2017 against the Philadelphia Phillies. pic.twitter.com/oMR2PGj6qz— Pat James (@patjames24) June 21, 2019
Andrew Miller, two-time All-Star, 2016 ALCS MVP, and 2015 AL Reliever of the Year, is now the first man up from the bullpen for St. Louis. He has appeared in 37 games this season.
Trent Thornton is third in the rotation for Toronto and has a 2-6 record on the season.
Both Adam Warren and Matt Harvey are currently on the 10-day DL.
Below are the pitching statistics for UNC alumni in the majors this season.
UNC MLB Pitching Stats
After a solid 2018 season, Colin Moran is building upon that effort as the starting third baseman in Pittsburgh. With his 10 home runs this season, he is just one shy of his career high. Joining Moran with the Pirates is Jacob Stallings as their backup catcher.
Kyle Seager remains the anchor on the hot corner for Seattle. The starting third baseman for the Mariners began the year on the DL after requiring surgery on his left hand because of an injury sustained during spring training. He missed three games at the end of June because a wrist injury, but is now back in the lineup.
After being let up by the Royals during spring training, Brian Goodwin is a vital piece in the Angels’ outfield. He has started in about half the games this season. Otherwise, he is the first choice for a pinch hitter.
Tim Federowicz (Texas) Chris Iannetta (Colorado) both serve as backup catchers for their respective clubs.
Skype Bolt, the only non-pitcher alum to make his MLB debut this season, is now back with Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas.
Take a look at the batting statistics for these fielders below:
UNC MLB Hitting Stats
Stay tuned to Tar Heel Blog for more updates this summer on Tar Heels in the majors, minors, and summer leagues.