Former XU Standout Watson Called Up

CINCINNATI – Former Xavier baseball standout Matt Watson has been called up to play with the Oakland Athletics. Watson received the call last Saturday and started against the New York Yankees that evening.

“I always felt that I would get the call if I got a chance to show what I could do,” said Watson.

Watson was with the Triple-A affiliate Sacramento River Cats of the Pacific Coast League. During the 2005 season with the Cats, Watson is batting .345 with three home runs, 20 RBIs and is tied for the Pacific Coast league lead with 48 hits. He is also on a 10-game hitting streak, going 22-for-43 (.512) with 15 RBIs over that stretch.

The former Musketeer was drafted by the former Montreal Expos in 1999 and made his major league debut with the New York Mets in 2003. He is currently hitting .235 with the A’s in five games including a 2-for-4 performance against the defending world champion Boston Red Sox where he had a double and two RBIs in Oakland’s 6-4 win.

The Lancaster, Pa., native is in the top 10 of many offensive categories, including fifth all-time with a career .363 batting average, and still holds the record for doubles in a season with 23.