It's about time folks start taking notice of another former Wildcat who is tearing the cover off the ball this season.
Sawyer Carroll, a former All-American at UK, has picked a good time of the year to get hot. The native Oklahoman has been a staple in the middle of the lineup for the San Diego Padres' Class AA San Antonio Missions, who are currently 89-44 and, according to their winning percentage, the best full-season team in the minor leagues to this point.
Carroll has displayed power- 17 home runs so far in 2011- and a strong arm from right field (check out this great video clip), and is hitting .351 in his last ten games, with a pair of homers, four doubles, and ten runs scored.
Carroll was a Mid-Season Texas League All-Star, and was named Texas League Player of the Week in June, adding two more accolades to an already impressive professional career. The 2009 San Diego Padres Minor League Hitter of the Year was also a Midwest League All-Star, the Midwest League All Star game's Top Star, and a Northwest League Post-Season All-Star.
Carroll left Kentucky after two years as the all-time record holder in batting average, hitting .386 (173-for-448) in 117 career games, adding 45 doubles, five triples, 22 homers and 139 RBI, posting a 83-58 walk-strikeout ratio and stealing 16-of-19 bases. Carroll’s .483 career on-base percentage checks in second-best in the 105-year history of UK baseball. During his historic 2008 season for UK, Carroll batted .419 (98-for-234) with 22 doubles, three triples, 19 homers and a school-record 83 RBI, stealing 12-of-12 bases and drawing 44 walks. Following the 2008 season, Carroll was named a consensus All-American (via ukathletics.com).
I never got the pleasure of being his teammate, but I've gotten to know Saw over the past few off seasons. He's a great dude and has worked himself into the long-term picture for the Padres, who are 60-74 in 2011 and in last place in the NL West.
It will be interesting to see what San Diego does with their September call-ups, but you'd have to think that the Padres consider a promotion, and I'm not the only one that thinks so. Check out this interestingly-titled post from rjsfro.com.
We are UK.