Vols in the MLB Update – Senzel Off to Hot Start for Reds

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Baseball is back as the shorted 2020 Major League Baseball season has been underway for two weeks now.

The regular season has been shorted to 60 games, while the playoffs will be expanded to 16 teams instead of the normal 10.

The 2020 Minor League Baseball season was canceled on June 30 due to COVID-19.

Updates on former Vols in the MLB can be seen below. Check UTSports.com for updates throughout the season.

Zack Godley — RHP, Boston Red Sox
Season: 2 App, 1 GS, 0-1, 6.14 ERA, 7.1 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1.64 WHIP

Despite not being on the Opening Day roster, Godley impressed during his first outing with the Red Sox. The veteran right hander struck out seven batters and scattered four hits in four shutout innings of relief against the New York Mets on July 27. Godley’s next appearance did not go as well, as he earned the start against the New York Yankees on Aug. 1 but gave up five runs on six hits in just 3.1 innings of work.

Yan Gomes — C, Washington Nationals
Season: 3 G, 10 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 TB, 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 SB, .000 AVG, .091 OBP, .000 SLG

Gomes has started three of Washington’s eight games so far this season, splitting time behind the plate with Kurt Suzuki. The veteran backstop is still searching for his first hit of the year.

Nick Senzel — OF, Cincinnati Reds
Season: 7 G, 23 AB, 4 R, 7 H, 14 TB, 4 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 SB, .304 AVG, .360 OBP, .609 SLG

Senzel is off to a solid start to his second season in the Majors. The Knoxville native and former No. 2 overall pick has recorded at least one hit in five straight games. Senzel homered and doubled to drive in two runs against the Cubs on July 29 and posted another multi-hit performance on Aug. 2 against Detroit, finishing with a pair of doubles in a win over the Tigers.

Drew Steckenrider — RHP, Miami Marlins
Season: N/A

Steckenrider was placed on the 60-day injured list with right triceps tendonitis and has not seen action this season.

Christian Stewart — OF, Detroit Tigers
Season: 10 G, 25 AB, 2 R, 5 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 11 K, .200 AVG, .286 OBP, .360 SLG

Stewart has started in left field in nine of Detroit’s 10 games so far this season. The Georgia native hit his first home run of the year and finished with two RBI in a 4-3 victory over Kansas City on July 28. Stewart had another solid day at the plate on July 31 against Cincinnati, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

 

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