With the playoffs fast approaching, we look at how six former Tar Heels are handling playing time for three different teams.
Dustin Ackley became the everyday second baseman for the Seattle Mariners on June 17. He has a .277 batting average and an unexpected six home runs on the season. He began hitting third in the batting order less than a month after joining the team.
Kyle Seager joined his former UNC roommate Ackley in Seattle on July 7 and immediately became the everyday third baseman for the club. He had a .342 batting average in the month of August and is hitting .263 for the season.
Daniel Bard has established himself as a main set-up man for Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon. This year, he had a career-best 26.1 consecutive scoreless innings streak. But Bard has struggled as the Red Sox struggle to make the playoffs. In the month of September, he has posted an 0-4 record with three blown saves and a 11.70 earned run average.
Andrew Miller posted a 6-1 record after being converted from a relief to a starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Two straight poor outings in early September relegated him back to the bullpen.