We are now two months into the 2023 MLB season and some of the players who have helped make this season so entertaining are former UCF Knights.
This past month we have seen UCF alumni grow as young players, come back from injuries, and return to the field after a long absence. Let’s see what those former Knights did this past month.
Ben Lively — P Cincinnati Reds
Lively may have the best story of the past month. After spending the first month of the season in the minors he was called up to the show to join the Reds pitching staff. Before being called up, the last time Lovely pitched in the majors was on April 28th, 2019 for the Kansas City Royals. Since then he spent time m playing in the minors and a few years as a member of the Samsung Lions of the KBO League.
Ben Lively didn't have a win as a starter in MLB since 2017.— Bally Sports Cincinnati (@BallySportsCIN) May 31, 2023
He now has two consecutive wins in that role for the @Reds.
He said it's the best he's ever pitched "up here" and he's being aggressive. He wants to stay healthy and strong and keep it going. @BenLively19 pic.twitter.com/mIaMIm7MUc
Lively has appeared in five games this month, three of which he started. He threw 22.2 innings and gave up 16 hits and five runs, walked five batters, struck out 24 batters and had an ERA of 1.99
Thaddeus Ward RP Washington Nationals
Ward appeared in eight games, all in relief, this past month, pitching for a total of 10.1 innings. He gave up three hits and four runs, walked eight batters, struck out six batters and had an ERA of 3.48.
Dylan Moore IF/OF Seattle Mariners
Moore has still not played in a game this season due to an injury he suffered during spring training. However many expect him to return to action sometime this next month.
Knights Making Noise in the Minors
- Jack Sinclair (P) Washington Nationals system
This past month Sinclair was promoted from Harrisburg (High A) to Wilmington (AA). He has thrown seven shutout innings over 5 five appearances since his promotion.
- Matt Archer (2B) Chicago White Sox System:
Archer has begun playing in rookie ball and has eight hits in his first 15 at-bats.
- Haunter Patteson (P) Kansas City Royals system
Patteson has made his return from Tommy John Surgery. He threw for one inning and gave up two hits in an extended spring training game on May 30th.