Apr 11, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Cleveland Indians left fielder Ryan Raburn (9) during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Gators Greats in MLB: Ryan Raburn Starting to Heat Up


Former Florida Gators playing in the MLB have had a tough start to the season from the offensive side. But Ryan Raburn and Mike Zunino’s bats are starting to wake up. Raburn and Zunino each hit over .286 this past week, while Darren O’Day continues to baffle hitters. Here’s how the nine Gator greats in the MLB fared this past week:

LHP Kevin Chapman (2007, 2009-2010)Houston Astros
It’s been a rough week for Chapman. He appeared in three games and gave up three runs on four hits, two of the home runs, in just 2 2/3 innings pitched. He did strike out six during the week and picked up his first win of the season against Texas after blowing a save.

OF Matt den Dekker (2007-2010)New York Mets
The Mets currently have on their 40-man roster, but has yet to see action on the 25-man active roster.

INF Mark Ellis (1996-1999)St. Louis Cardinals
Ellis will start the season on the DL with a knee injury for the defending National League Champion Cardinals. He played last year for the Dodgers and put up solid numbers. In 126 games, Ellis batted .270 with six home runs and 48 RBIs. He started his return to the big leagues Sunday by starting his first rehab game with Triple-A Memphis.

LHP Nick Maronde (2009-2011)Los Angeles Angels
Maronde pitched in one game this past week, and held Seattle scorless, giving up only one hit in 2/3 innings. He lowered his ERA from 3.86 to 3.00.

RHP Darren O’Day (2003-2006)Baltimore Orioles
O’Day has been rock solid for the O’s this season. During the past week, O’Day pitched in two games, giving up only two hits and one walk in two innings pitched. He also struck out two. O’Day hasn’t allowed a run this season.

INF Ryan Raburn (2000)Cleveland Indians
Raburn’s bat is starting to heat up a bit. He hit .292 (7-for-24) with a double, a run, and four RBI this past week. He played in all six games for the Indians and had a five-game hitting streak before it was snapped Sunday.

LHP Steven “Paco” Rodriguez (2010-2012)Los Angeles Dodgers
Paco made appearances in three games this past week, posting three hits, one run, and one strikeout in two innings pitched.

C David Ross (1998), Boston Red Sox
Ross played in two games as the reserve catcher, backing up Gators fan AJ Pierzynski. He had just a double in seven at bats this week, along with two strikeouts.

C Mike Zunino (2010-2012)Seattle Mariners
Zunino hit a two-run homer Friday for his second dinger of the season as the Mariners beat the A’s. Throughout the entire week, Zunino had a .286 average, going 4-for-14 with two runs, that home run, and two RBI.

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