Nearly six years later, former Cal Poly relief pitcher Evan Reed got his chance to play in the big leagues, getting the call up to join the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
“I really had no idea it was coming,” Reed said in a news release. “It was unexpected, but it was amazing.”
Reed made his Major League debut Thursday night when he pitched 22⁄3 innings in a 10-4 loss to the Texas Rangers in Arlington.
Reed gave up a solo homer to Nelson Cruz. He allowed two hits, struck out one and did not walk a batter.
Reed was originally drafted by the Rangers in the 2007 MLB draft and pitched as a starter for his first couple of seasons in the minors. He then became a reliever in 2009, posting a 2.96 ERA in 48 2⁄3 innings with a 12 strikeouts per nine innings average.
The next season, he went 1-1 with a 1.62 ERA in 30 games for the Rangers’ AA affiliate in Frisco, Texas. Reed was then traded to the Florida Marlins in July of that season but missed most of the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
After the injury, Reed came back from just throwing 24 innings in 2011 to throw 67 1⁄3 innings in Jacksonville (AA) and New Orleans (AAA).
The Tigers claimed Reed at the end of spring training this year before promoting him to the majors earlier this week.
In Toledo, the Tigers’ AAA affiliate, Reed struck out 28 and walked seven in 21 innings.
He is now one of five former Cal Poly players currently in the Major Leagues. He joins Houston starting pitcher Bud Norris, Minnesota’s Casey Fien and Kevin Correia, and Milwaukee outfielder Logan Schafer.
Reed pitched at Cal Poly from 2006-07 and earned a 5-4 record with a 3.82 ERA and 11 saves.