Jack Leathersich got the call from the New York Mets front office on Tuesday afternoon that he had been called up to the major leagues and it didn’t take long for him to make his Major League Baseball debut.
The 24-year-old entered Wednesday night’s game against the Miami Marlins with two outs in the eighth inning. After bringing the count to 1-2 on four pitches, Leathersich gave up a pinch-hit single to Justin Bour to right fielder Curtis Granderson. However, Bour was tossed out at second base when he over-slid the bag trying to stretch the hit into a double.
Leathersich was called up to the major leagues after starting off the 2015 season with a bang at the minor league level. In seven games with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, the left hander tossed 7.0 innings with a 2.57 ERA, 0.87 WHIP on four hits, two walks and 13 strikeouts.
The Beverly, Massachusetts native now owns a 0-0 record with a 0.00 ERA and 3.00 WHIP over 0.1 innings and has made his childhood dream come true. He has made his major league debut.
The former UMass Lowell River Hawk standout pitcher remains the highest-ever drafted player out of the University. Leathersich was taken in the 5th Round (162nd overall) by the Mets during the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft. He was the first River Hawk taken in the MLB Draft in seven years and the first player out of UMass Lowell drafted in the first 10-rounds since 2002.
With his debut under his belt, Leathersich will look for a number of other firsts, including his first strikeout, his first win and potentially his first save. It doesn’t matter how long he stays at the major league level, strikeout fans will enjoy watching Leathersich pitch.
The Mets return home for a four-game series against the Washington Nationals beginning Thursday night.