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Five former Wildcats looking to make larger impact in the MLB

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Scott M. Kingery plays for the Philadelphia Phillies in Major League Baseball. He played baseball for the University of Arizona Wildcats.

The mid-summer classic for the MLB is right around the corner so now is an opportune time to check in some former Arizona Wildcat baseball players in their careers in the big leagues. Here’s a look out how five familiar faces have fared in 2018.

Scott Kingery

Earlier this year in March, former Wildcat and current Philadelphia Phillies shortstop, third baseman, and outfielder, Scott Kingery, signed a six-year contract worth a guaranteed $24 million, the largest guarantee for a player yet to make his major league debut.

Kingery made his debut against the Atlanta Braves on March 30, 2018. This season, Kingery has four home-runs and 24 RBI.

Joey Rickard

Rickard, current outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles and former College World Series Champion for the Wildcats in 2012, has hit five home runs and has eight RBI half-way through his 2018 season. 

Rob Refsnyder

Former teammate of Rickard and current Tampa Bay Ray, Rob Refsnyder was recently designated for assignment after batting .167 after his 80 appearances at the plate this season.
Refsnyder was Rickard’s former teammate at Arizona and garnered the College World Series Most Outstanding Player after winning the CWS in 2012.

Robert  Refsnyder is a  professional baseball playing for the Tampa Bay Rays. He previously played for the University of Arizona
Robert Refsnyder is a professional baseball playing for the Tampa Bay Rays. He previously played for the University of Arizona

Mark Melancon

Current relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, Mark Melancon, only has seen action in eleven games so far this season. Melancon has posted an ERA of 2.61 and a total of 8 strikeouts in the limited outings he has seen. Melancon has been playing with the Giants after signing a four-year, $62 million contract in December of 2016. 

Melancon recently underwent surgery to alleviate his chronic exertional compartment syndrome in his right forearm. 

Johnny Field

Johnny Field, current outfielder for the Tampa Bay Rays, made his MLB debut this season, joining former Wildcat Rob Refsynder. Field was promoted to the major leagues in April of 2018 and had his first hit of his career against the Phillies. This season, Field has played 54 games and has 6 homers and 14 RBI’s so far this season.

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