Warden’s Jorge Reyes made his professional baseball debut Tuesday night, and it was pretty darn good.
Reyes, drafted in June by the San Diego Padres, spent much of this summer pitching in the Cape Cod League — a wood-bat summer league for college baseball’s elite players.
But on Aug. 17 — just hours before Major League Baseball’s deadline to get draft picks signed or losing them — Reyes signed with the Padres.
With his college career at Oregon State University ended — he was the College World Series MVP in 2007 as a true freshman — Reyes has been assigned to the Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League for the final few weeks of the season.
On Tuesday, he started against the Everett AquaSox.
In four innings, he gave up four hits, one earned run (a solo home run), and he struck out three.
But a closer look reveals a much more impressive outing.
He went 1-2-3 in the first inning, striking out the first batter he faced and fanning the third guy.
In the second, he gave up a lead-off single, but he enticed the next batter to ground into a double play. He struck out the next guy.
In the third, same thing. Leadoff guy singles, next guy grounds into a double play.
Fourth inning, he surrenders the solo homer, and the next guy singles. But for the third time, he gets the next batter to ground into a double play, then closes out the inning with another groundout.
Three double plays in four innings. Since this is professional ball, Reyes isn’t going to strike them all out. But he's found ways to get them out, even when they had success against him.
Great start for him.