Six Former Players Make Major League Debuts

With five different Major League Teams, Beloit has seen six more past players reach the Majors

By Garett Mansfield / Beloit Snappers | May 9, 2017 10:40 AM ET

A total of 56 players have debuted in the Major Leagues in a little over a month's time to begin the 2017 season. Six players among that group played for the Beloit Snappers on their way to The Show. As of May 9, 168 players have made their Major League debuts after playing with the Beloit Snappers.

Chris Bostick - INF, Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB Debut: May 8, 2017 at Los Angeles Dodgers

Traded three different times since the Athletics picked him in the 44th round of the 2011 draft, Chris Bostick found himself playing at Dodger Stadium in his first Major League game. During the Dodgers 12-1 rout of the Pirates, Bostick entered the game in the bottom of the fourth inning as part of a double-switch. He batted twice and struck out each time in his first Big League game. A Snapper in 2013, Bostick was a former top-30 prospect with the Athletics and hit a career-best 14 homers with 89 RBI in the Midwest League that season. He was traded that December to the Rangers who flipped him to the Nationals the next winter for Ross Detwiler. After two seasons in the Nationals system, Bostick was dealt to the Pirates near the end of the 2016 season. Bostick was off to a .320 start for Triple-A Indianapolis before getting the call up to the Pirates.

Bobby Wahl - RHP, Oakland Athletics

MLB Debut: May 3, 2017 at Minnesota Twins

Bobby Wahl is the only one of the group to reach Beloit's current parent club. Bob Melvin handed the baseball over to Wahl in relief to replace another former Snapper, Liam Hendriks, at Target Field on May 3. Wahl's first outing was brief, only facing four batters. He gave up an RBI-single to Eddie Rosario and plunked Brian Dozier, also former Snappers. The 2014 Snapper has turned in two scoreless appearances since then. In 2014, Wahl was 0-4 in Beloit with an ERA north of five, but he still earned a promotion to Stockton at the end of July. Oakland took Wahl in the fifth round of the 2013 draft out of Ole Miss.

Boog Powell - OF, Seattle Mariners

MLB Debut: April 29, 2017 at Cleveland Indians

After two separate trades sent him from the Athletics to the Rays on to the Mariners, Boog Powell got the call in late April that he would be joining the big club. A 20th round pick by the Athletics in 2012, Powell was a Midwest League All-Star in 2014 with a .335 average with 85 hits in just 69 games. He also had one strange Major League debut. Mariners manager Scott Servais sent Powell up to the plate as a pinch-hitter, but the Indians turned to left-handed super-reliever Andrew Miller. Playing the matchups, Servais pinch-hit right-handed hitter Carlos Ruiz to face Miller instead of the left-handed hitting Powell. Boog would get his first Big League swings the next day against the Tribe as the Mariners starting left fielder. Powell was sent back down to Triple-A Tacoma on May 5.

Danny Ortiz - INF, Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB Debut: April 29, 2017 at Miami Marlins

After playing nearly 900 Minor League games, Danny Ortiz got his chance to play in the Major Leagues. It was brief enough that he didn't even get an at-bat, but Ortiz made it in a Big League box score when he was entered as a defensive replacement in the seventh inning on April 29 in Miami. Ortiz returned to Triple-A Indianapolis the next day. Ortiz played for the Snappers was a Midwest League All-Star in 2011 with 33 doubles and 10 homers and also played the first month of the 2012 season in Beloit as well. Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2008 out of Puerto Rico, Ortiz latched on with the Pirates after his seven years of club control expired after to 2015 season. He has shown power after reaching Triple-A by hitting 42 home runs over the last four seasons in the International League.

Dylan Covey - RHP, Chicago White Sox

MLB Debut: April 14, 2017 at Minnesota Twins

The ride to the Major Leagues had a few twists and turns for Dylan Covey. After the Milwaukee Brewers drafted him 14th overall out of high school in 2010, Covey was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and made the decision to play college baseball closer to home at the University of San Diego. The Athletics scooped him up in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. He moved up to Beloit after a month at short-season Vermont and pitched parts of two seasons with the Snappers. The White Sox claimed Covey in the Rule-5 Draft in December after playing four seasons in the Athletics organization and made the team out of Spring Training. His first start in the Big Leagues was a strong showing going five-plus and allowed just one run despite early postponements effecting the Chicago rotation. Covey has struggled a tad since then, but continues to eat up innings for the South Siders. Covey will have to remain on the Major League roster the entire 2017 season or the White Sox would have to send him back to the Athletics. 

Daniel Robertson - INF, Tampa Bay Rays

MLB Debut: April 4, 2017 vs. New York Yankees

Daniel Robertson made Tampa Bay's Opening Day roster and appeared in his first Big League game on April 4 as the Rays designated hitter. Robertson went 0-for-4, but he collected his first hit in the Majors in his next start against Toronto with a single off Francisco Liriano. Robertson clubbed his first of three home runs on April 20 at Tropicana Field against the Detroit Tigers. He was traded to the Rays in January of 2015 along with Boog Powell and John Jaso in exchange for Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar. After being drafted by the Athletics 34th overall in 2012, Robertson played on the first Snappers team fielded by A's farmhands. He hit .277 and played in 101 games along with 31 extra-base hits that season.

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