Former Horned Frogs Set For MLB Opening Day
April 1, 2013
Four former TCU Horned Frogs will hear their names called for MLB Opening Day lineup introductions in ballparks across the country today and tomorrow. Jake Arrieta, Scott Atchison, Matt Carpenter and Andrew Cashner all look to build on their past big league experience with their respective franchises.
Arrieta will enter the season as the Baltimore Orioles' fourth starting pitcher, set to take the mound April 5 in the home opener versus the Minnesota Twins. It is the third consecutive year Arrieta has started the Orioles' home campaign, and he threw seven scoreless innings in last year's opener against the Twins. This past spring, he allowed three earned runs in 17 1/3 innings for a 1.56 ERA. Arrieta also struck out 16 and walked eight.
Atchison also found success in spring training with the New York Mets, posting a 2.19 ERA in 12 1/3 innings. He also led the team with two saves. When the Mets concluded the spring campaign, he was listed as one of eight bullpen members on the Opening Day roster. The 37-year-old Atchison looks to build on a fantastic 2012 season in Boston, where he appeared in 42 games and held a 1.58 ERA.
Carpenter, who played a significant role in the St. Louis Cardinals' run to the ALCS last year, will begin the season as the team's starting third baseman and projected two-hole hitter. Carpenter was slated to be the Cardinals' Opening Day second baseman throughout the spring, but will move back to the spot he held at TCU for so long while David Freese sits out with an injury. While in Florida, he hit .304 with seven doubles and drew a team-high 12 walks.
Cashner fought through the effects of thumb surgery for most of the spring, and will begin the 2013 season in the bullpen for the San Diego Padres. He appeared in five games, starting three of them, and recorded a 3.48 ERA. Cashner struck out 12 batters in 10 1/3 innings on the mound, and is believed to be a starter like he was in 2012 once he gets healthy again. He is currently the Padres' main long reliever, and he could possibly be moved back to the minor leagues at some point to get more practice as a starter, something that Cashner did last season as well.
Other former Horned Frogs with MLB experience who will begin in the minor leagues are Chad Huffman and Sam Demel, who just recently signed free-agent contracts with the Cardinals and New York Yankees, respectively. Bryan Holaday, who made his debut with the Detroit Tigers in June 2012, will be the starting catcher for the team's Triple-A affiliate to begin the season.