Skip to main content
  1. Sports
  2. General Sports

Sawyer swingin' for the fences in San Antonio

See also

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

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

We are UK.




  • Stephen A. Smith apologizes
    Stephen A. Smith: Ray Rice rant was 'most egregious error of my career'
    Domestic Violence
  • Maria Kirilenko slideshow
    Feast your eyes on the former fiance of Alex Ovechkin: The newly-single Maria Kirilenko
    20 Photos
  • New York Yankees fan returns lost Red Sox World Series ring to owner
    MLB News
  • Peyton Manning dancing
    Peyton Manning shows off his formidable dancing skills at training camp
    NFL News
  • Bagwell becoming porn star
    Buff Bagwell has the stuff, but his Vivid dreams have not come true just yet
    Fight Sports
  • Grave defiler identified
    Die-hard Browns fan identified in Art Modell’s grave defiling video
    Crimes & Court