The 2018 Major League Baseball season is just a couple of weeks old and a handful of ProHogs have already seen their fair share of the field for their respective clubs. With eight former Razorbacks on current MLB rosters, here’s a few that have stood out in the opening weeks:
INF Brian Anderson – Miami Marlins
As a team, the Miami Marlins are clearly a team that’s looking to rebuild, but Brian Anderson could be one of those players the club tries to build around. On Opening Day, Anderson went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, which was the beginning of an eight-game hit streak. During that streak, he belted his first big-league home run against fellow Hog Andrew Benintendi and the Boston Red Sox. Anderson has reached safely in 11 of his last 15 games and has reached two or more times in 10 of those games. His consistency has earned him a recurring starting role with the Marlins and is poised for a stellar rookie year.
OF Andrew Benintendi – Boston Red Sox
Andrew Benintendi got off to a slow start to begin 2018, but it didn’t take long for him to settle in and get back to the high production level he showed last year. After starting the season 0-for-11, Benintendi warmed up and is now hitting .341 with a .471 on-base percentage and a .537 slugging percentage. He’s also totaled four doubles, two triples and two stolen bases along with five multi-hit games. The Red Sox currently sit atop the American League Eastern Division and own the best record in baseball.
LHP Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros
Even with a lagging record, Dallas Keuchel has been solid in the Astros rotation to start the season. It’s been the Astros’ run support that has hurt the Tulsa, Oklahoma native. His individual numbers are still strong as he has two quality starts to his name, including a complete game against the Mariners in his most recent start. Keuchel has a 3.52 ERA this season and has only allowed nine earned runs over his four starts. His next start is scheduled for April 21 on the road against the Chicago White Sox.
OF Craig Gentry – Baltimore Orioles
Even in his 10th MLB season, Craig Gentry is still making waves. After starting on Opening Day, Gentry’s spot in the lineup has been limited to opposing left-handed pitchers. With teammate Mark Trumbo on the DL, Gentry has hit .261 over his last 10 games, including a three-hit game against the New York Yankees on April 8. Not only has Gentry showed his worth with his bat, but his glove showed up on Opening Day when he made a leaping grab at the right field wall against the Minnesota Twins.
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