The New York Mets have called up pitcher Jack Leathersich from the Las Vegas 51s to join the major league bullpen.
Leathersich is the first former UMass Lowell River Hawk on a Major League Baseball roster since Matt Tupman was on the Kansas City Royals roster in 2008. Tupman played a single game for the Royals, picking up one hit.
The 24-year-old left-hander joins a hot Mets team that sits in first place in the National League East with a record of 15-6.
Leathersich has played in seven games this season for Las Vegas at the Triple-A level. He owns a 0-0 record with 2.57 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 13 strikeouts. His start to the 2015 season was enough to push him over the edge and finally into the majors.
“Been my dream since I was a little kid to make it to the big leagues,” said Leathersich via his personal Twitter account. “Beyond excited to join the Mets! Thanks everyone!”
The former River Hawk had struggled throughout his minor league career with his control, but seemed to have been able to get it on the right track as of late and has brought his walk rate down. In seven games he has posted 13 strikeouts and only two walks while facing 27 batters.
Leathersich has the makings to be a great, if not excellent, relief pitcher at the major league level and will now get the chance to prove it.
The Mets are back in action on Wednesday night as they wrap up their series with the Miami Marlins in Florida and return home for a four-game series against the Washington Nationals on Thursday.