MIAMI, Fla. -- When the Miami Marlins squared off with the Atlanta Braves on Friday, former Saint Mary's pitcher Kyle Barraclough added his name to the select list of Gaels to reach the Major Leagues as the righthander was recalled from Double-A Jacksonville to join the Marlins.
The Santa Clara native made his Major League debut Friday, August 7, tossing a scoreless eighth with a strikeout in a 6-3 loss at Atlanta.
Barraclough, who pitched at Saint Mary's from 2009-12 and ranks second in program history in strikeouts with 290, has enjoyed a tremendous 2015 campaign in which he's been the centerpiece of a notable trade, earned Texas League All-Star status and now earned his first call-up to the majors. He began the year as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals organization and made just 11 appearances at Single-A Palm Beach before being promoted to Double-A Springfield.
Once in Springfield, the right-hander continued to get better. He recorded eight saves in nine opportunities, struck out 28 in just 24.2 innings and earned a spot on the Texas League All-Star team. On July 24, he was traded to the Miami Marlins in exchange for key reliever Steve Cishek and was assigned to Double-A Jacksonville.
Barraclough made just four appearances in Jacksonville but certainly did enough to earn Friday's promotion. He appeared in four games and allowed only one hit and zero runs while notching two saves. He also struck out nine and walked just one. When the Marlins placed pitchers Jose Urena and Andre Rienzo on the disabled list, Barraclough and Kendry Flores were recalled to take their places.
With his debut at Atlanta on Friday, Barraclough became the first Saint Mary's baseball player to reach the majors since Mark Teahen played for the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays in 2011. He is the first Gael pitcher to reach that level since SMC legend Tom Candiotti finished his brilliant 16-year career in 1999.