By: Jonathan Rawson
SEC Digital Network
Below is a list of former Southeastern Conference baseball players who performed well at the Major League level this week.
Seth Smith, LF, Oakland A’s (Ole Miss) - The former Rebel went 10 for 20 at the plate, totaling a .500 batting average for the week. The former Rebel scored three runs and drove in four RBIs. His week was highlighted by a four-hit performance in an 8-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on April 11th.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, Oakland A’s (Auburn) - Donaldson had 10 hits this week, a .357 batting average. He launched two home runs, scored five runs, and drove in five. Like Smith, Donaldson had a big day on April 11th going 2-4 with a home run. The following day he lifted the A’s to their ninth consecutive victory with a 12th inning walk-off homer to beat Detroit.
Todd Helton, 1B, Colorad Rockies (Tennessee) - Helton overcame a slow start to the season by going hitting at a .538 batting average clip for the week. He hit a home run, scored three runs and drove in six. On April 14th he came in and belted a pinch-hit two-run homer to break a scoreless tie and give the Rockies a 2-1 win and a series sweep over the Padres.
Max Scherzer, P, Detroit Tigers (Missouri) – Scherzer had a very impressive outing April 12th against the Oakland A’s, going six innings and surrendering only one earned run. He struck out 11. That brings his strike out total to 18 through two games, tying him for ninth in the majors.
Paul Maholm, P, Atlanta Braves (Mississippi State) – Maholm continues to impress as he pitched his way to his third win of the year against the Washington Nationals on April 14th. He went 7 2/3 innings, allowing zero earned runs and striking out seven. He is now 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA on the year.
David Price, P, Tampa Bay Rays (Vanderbilt) – Price impressed through six innings of a pitcher’s dual with Boston's Jon Lester on April 13th. He gave up only one earned run and struck out 8. That outing was good enough to post a 1.50 ERA for the week.
Tim Hudson, P, Atlanta Braves (Auburn) – The former Tiger led the Braves to their eighth straight win on April 13th with a 3-1 win at Washington. Hudson went seven innings giving up one earned run. The outing gave him a 1.29 ERA for the week and lowered his season mark to 2.50.
R.A. Dickey, P, Toronto Blue Jays (Tennessee) – Dickey picked up his first win in a Blue Jay uniform on April 13th over the Royals. He pitched 6 1/3 strong innings surrendering one earned run and striking out four. He posted a 1.42 ERA for the week.