Former Seminoles in the Majors: Week 3


With six former Seminoles on MLB rosters, here’s the check-in on how they did in the past seven days.

Devon Travis (Second Baseman, Toronto Blue Jays)

Travis continued his hot start in the 5 games in which he appeared this past week. On the week, he hit 2 more homers, added 4 RBIs to his season total, and scored 4 runs. Despite going 7-19 (.368), his batting average for the season rose a miniscule amount from .356 to .359. With the pair of home runs this week, Travis now has 5 on the season, which leads all Blue Jays, including notorious slugger Jose Bautista, and puts him in a tie for sixth-most in all of the Majors. He also continues to knock and plate runs at a pace close to 1 per game with 16 RBIs and 13 runs through 18 games. Were the season to end today, Travis would get heavy consideration for AL Rookie of the Year but unfortunately for him, the season is still very young and he has much work to do still if he wants to be in the ROTY conversation.

Sean Gilmartin (Reliever, New York Mets)

Gilmartin came out of the Mets bullpen 3 times in the last week. On Tuesday, he entered the game to pitch the ninth inning, allowing a leadoff single before forcing a double play and a pop out to preserve the 7-1 win for the Mets. The very next day, he appeared again, this time in the eighth inning. After two quick outs, he surrendered back-to-back walks and was replaced by Buddy Carlyle, who got the third out without allowing one of Gilmartin’s runs to score. On Friday, Gilmartin came out of the bullpen in the series opener of the subway series against the Yankees. He pitched one full inning and allowed just 1 hit. With this week that saw Gilmartin throw 2 2/3s scoreless innings, he lowered his season ERA from 6.00 to 3.18. He also lowered his opponent’s batting average to .190 on the season.

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Shane Robinson (Utility Outfielder, Minnesota Twins)

Robinson made 4 appearances, 3 in a starting role, for the Twins in week 3 of the season. On the week, he went 4-12 with 2 RBIs and 3 runs. To show how strong Robinson has been early in the 2015 season, this past week, which saw him bat .333, actually lowered his season batting average down to .355. In 13 games this season, Robinson has 5 RBIs, 8 runs, and a pair of stolen bases for the Twins, who currently sit in fourth place in the AL Central at 8-10.

Buster Posey (Catcher, San Francisco Giants)

Posey made the most of his opportunities last week, playing in all 5 of the Giants games and going 6-21 (.286) with 2 RBIs and 1 run. He had a hit in 4 out of 5 games and raised his batting average from .229 to .246. On the season, Posey has 2 homers, 8 RBIs, and 5 runs in 19 games. In a trend that may or may not be coincidental, Posey’s upward batting trend has coincided with a week that saw the Giants for 4-1, improving to 8-11 on the season.

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Randy Choate (Reliever, St. Louis Cardinals)

Choate made 2 appearances out of the bullpen for the Cardinals this week. On Tuesday, Choate entered the game against the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning with no outs and a runner on first. He faced just one batter, Bryce Harper, and forced him to ground one back to Choate on the mound, getting the out at first with the runner advancing to second. In his second outing of the week, Choate was brought into the game in the eighth with the Cardinals leading the Milwaukee Brewers 5-0. He inherited runners on the corners and again faced just one batter, Adam Lind, who singled into center, scoring a run that did not belong to Choate, before Choate was removed. After he was taken out, Seth Maness came in and allowed a double, scoring 2 runs, one of which belonged to Choate. On the season, Choate has gone 1 inning in 7 appearances with no wins or losses. He has allowed 2 runs, both earned, on 3 hits, making his ERA 18.00.

Stephen Drew (Second Baseman, New York Yankees)

Drew appeared in 6 of New York’s 7 games this past week but he has yet to get on a hot streak this season, with his batting average still sitting under .200. On the week, Drew went 2-18 with two extra-base hits, a home run and a double. His average peaked as high as .190 after Tuesday’s game before falling back to .167 by the end of the week, exactly where it was at the beginning of the week. Although struggling a bit with his average, Drew continues to hit for power with 4 homers and 9 RBIs through 17 appearances.