April 4, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
At the start of the 2006 MLB campaign, four former Gauchos find themselves on 25-man rosters on four different teams.
Reigning AL Batting Champion Michael Young is the everyday shortstop for the Texas Rangers. Young, who finished the 2005 season with a .331 batting average, is expected to have another excellent year at the plate and in the field for the Rangers.
A's ace Barry Zito is another standout Gaucho product that will be looked upon as a team leader in 2006. Zito, who has arguably the best curve ball in the business, got the ball in the season opener yesterday against Randy Johnson and the New York Yankees.
Former Gaucho and Milwaukee Brewers reliever Justin Lehr picked up his first win of the season yesterday, dealing one inning of no hit baseball while striking out one.
After a successful spring, Skip Schumaker made the Cardinals' 25-man opening day roster. Schumaker, who made his MLB debut last year, picked up his first hit of 2006 by going one-for-two against the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday.