Former Ram Kyle McPherson Makes MLB Debut
posted on August 20, 2012 20:11
SAN DIEGO, Calif-- Just hours after being called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates from Triple-A Indianapolis, former University of Mobile Ram and Mobile, Ala., native Kyle McPherson made his Major League Baseball debut against the San Diego Padres.
McPherson entered the game in relief in the 6th inning, and went on to work 2 innings of one-hit shutout relief. He struck out two and walked none, throwing 19 of 26 pitches for strikes.
McPherson was drafted by the Pirates in the 14th round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft and has turned into one of the team's top prospects, being named the Pirate's Minor League Pitcher of the Year for his work last season when he went 12-6 with a 2.96 ERA at Bradenton and Altoona.
He was slowed by injury this season, but worked his way up to Triple-A and struck out 12 in 11.1 innings with only 2 earned runs allowed in two starts.
McPherson joins Saul Rivera and J.C. Romero as former Rams to reach the majors.
McPherson prepped at St. Paul's Episcopal School and played at Faulkner State Community College before making his way to the University of Mobile.