June 20, 2014
Columbia, Mo. -
Former Mizzou star RHP Matt Stites (Festus, Mo.) realized his dream of pitching in the Major Leagues last night, when he earned a call-up to the Arizona Diamondbacks and got his first action on the mound. Stites pitched a scoreless 2/3rds of an inning for the D-Backs, as he retired two of the three batters he faced in Arizona's 4-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday evening in Phoenix, Ariz.
If it seems like there's a lot of former Tiger pitchers in the Majors, you're exactly right, as Stites makes it five Mizzou hurlers currently at that level. Stites joins Aaron Crow (Kansas City), Kyle Gibson (Minnesota), Max Scherzer (Detroit) and Nick Tepesch (Texas) in representing the Black & Gold in the bigs.
Here's a link to a write-up on Stites' call-up and first MLB appearance, courtesy of the Diamondbacks:
Check out Stites' MLB bio here.
Gibson is one of the hotter pitchers in the Major Leagues, as he's currently working on a 22-inning scoreless streak. In his last three starts, Gibson is 2-0 with one no decision, and has allowed just 9 hits in 21.0 innings (going a complete 7.0 innings in each start), while striking out 16 and giving up just 5 walks. His season ERA is down to 3.25 with a current W-L record of 6-5.
Check out Gibson's MLB bio here.
Crow, one of the top bullpen arms for the first-place Kansas City Royals, currently has a 3-1 record with a solid 2.78 ERA, to go with 1 save. Crow has a career-best WHIP of 1.11 heading into the weekend.
Crow's MLB bio can be found here.
Scherzer, of course, is the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner from 2013 when he established himself as one of the top pitchers in all of baseball. Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 2013 for the Tigers, and he's off to another solid start with a current record of 8-3 and a 3.84 ERA.
Scherzer's MLB bio can be found here.
Tepesch has made seven starts in 2014 for the Texas Rangers, and currently carries a 2-3 record with a 4.38 ERA in 37.0 innings pitched.
Tepesch's MLB bio can be found here.
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