Former Missoula Osprey reliever Evan Scribner became the 33rd player in Osprey history to make his Major League debut when he pitched two innings of relief for the San Diego Padres against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.
Scribner allowed two hits and a walk in his two innings of work, but did not allow a run. The 2007 Osprey alumnus did allow a run on two hits, but struck out three batters in his second appearance on Wednesday.
Scribner was a 28th-round pick in the 2007 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of Central Connecticut State. Scribner was a starter in college, but quickly took to a reliever role with the Osprey, becoming their most consistent reliever that season. Scribner was 0-1 with two saves and a 2.92 ERA in 18 appearances, striking out 48 batters in 37 innings pitched before being promoted to Class A South Bend on August 22.
Scribner has been groomed to be in the closer's role - converting 40 of 51 save opportunities over the past three seasons, including his six pre-promotion appearances this month with Triple-A Tucson.
After having a solid Spring Training, where he pitched four scoreless innings in Cactus League play, Scribner was hoping that he would eventually have a chance to pitch in the Major Leagues. Scribner then was alerted last week that he could be called up, according to a story on the Padres' website.
Scribner is the first former Osprey to receive a promotion to the Major Leagues and make his debut since Pedro Ciriaco did so with the Pittsburgh Pirates last September.
The 2011 Osprey will open the season on June 20 at Helena, then will host the Brewers for their home opener on June 22.
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