June 24, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Three former members of the UAB baseball team are currently playing professionally in the minor leagues. Jamal Austin, Turner Lee, and Chase Mallard are all continuing their playing careers after their days in Birmingham.
Austin is in his fourth season in the Seattle Mariners’ organization. The outfielder is currently a member of the Jackson Generals, the Mariners’ Double-A affiliate in the Southern League. Austin is hitting .262 for the season and ranks fourth in the Southern League in stolen bases (19). The Kennesaw, Ga. native just recently had a 15-game hit streak snapped on Friday, June 20.
Lee is in his first year in the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization. The left-handed pitcher is currently a part of the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays, Toronto’s Rookie affiliate in the Gulf Coast League. Lee made his professional debut on Monday, June 23 against the Gulf Coast League Pirates. The Mobile, Ala. native did not allow a hit, struck out three, and walked one in two innings of relief en route to his first professional win.
Mallard joins Lee in his first season in Toronto’s organization. The right-handed pitcher is a member of the Bluefield Blue Jays, Toronto’s Rookie affiliate in the Appalachian League. Mallard made his professional debut on Friday, June 20 against the Johnson City Cardinals. Mallard came in for the final three innings, retiring all nine batters he faced to earn his first professional save.
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