Five Former Frogs on MLB Rosters
March 31, 2014
FORT WORTH - TCU will be well represented on MLB Opening Day rosters as former Horned Frogs Jake Arrieta, Andrew Cashner, Matt Carpenter, Scott Atchison and Bryan Holaday will appear on their team's respective rosters.
A starting pitcher, Arrieta will start the season on the Chicago Cubs DL due to tightness in his shoulder but is on schedule to return within two weeks. Arrieta has spent four seasons in the big leagues playing his first three seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. Over his four-year career, Arrieta has started 72 of the 78 games he has appeared in. Pitching in 409.2 innings, he has a 5.23 ERA and has struck out 314 batters.
Cashner, the right-handed reliever turned starting pitcher, is currently on the San Diego Padres roster. Over his four-year professional career, he has started 33 of the 125 games he has appeared in and has tossed 292 1/3 innings. Allowing a total of 114 earned runs, Cashner has a 3.51 ERA to go along 15 wins. He has struck out 243 batters and has an impressive 1.22 WHIP. Cashner was named the Opening Day starter for the Padres.
After playing last season at second base for the NL Champion St. Louis Cardinals, Carpenter returns to his natural position at third base. The past two seasons have seen Carpenter become a household name. He appeared in the 2013 All-Start game and also won the 2013 Silver Slugger award at second base. He has a career total of 124 RBIs and a career batting average of .306 with 937 plate appearances.
Playing for his fifth team in eight seasons, relief pitcher Scott Atchison has found himself on the Cleveland Indians Opening Day roster. The right-handed pitcher has played in 205 games and pitched a total of 255 innings. Atchison holds a 3.64 ERA leading him to 10 career wins and one save.
Despite his two years of pro experience, Detroit Tigers catcher Holaday will make his Opening Day roster debut. Holaday has appeared in 22 professional games and has stepped up to the plate 39 times. He currently has 11 hits giving him a .282 batting average.
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