2012 Spike Neverauskas first Lithuanian in MLB

Becomes 44th Spike to the Majors with Pirates debut on Monday

By State College Spikes | April 26, 2017 9:30 AM ET

Dovydas Neverauskas, who pitched for the State College Spikes in 2012, made history on Monday night when he made his major league debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Neverauskas, a native of Vilnius, Lithuania, became the first player from his native land to play Major League Baseball when he tossed two innings of one-run ball against the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander also became the 44th Spike to reach the majors on the Road to the Show, presented by HRI, Inc.

The 24-year-old made his professional debut in 2010, and made 26 appearances across three seasons for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Pirates before joining the Spikes for the final week of the 2012 season. Neverauskas made his only appearance for State College on September 1 of that year, allowing one run over four innings in a road start against the Jamestown Jammers.

See the complete list of Spikes to the Majors here

The following season, Neverauskas became a Jammer himself when the team became the new Pirates affiliate in the New York-Penn League. The righty went 4-4 with a 4.01 ERA over 15 regular season starts, including two against the Spikes. Neverauskas was then tapped to start Game Two of the NYPL Semifinal Series in State College, but took the loss after yielding four runs over 2 2/3 innings.

Neverauskas then made his way through the Pirates system and started this season at Triple-A Indianapolis, where he threw 8 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run before being called up on Monday.

Fans can see more future major leaguers throughout this summer when the Spikes hit the field to defend their New York-Penn League championship. The 2017 home schedule begins with Opening Night, presented by PSECU and NEWSRADIO 1390 WRSC, on Monday, June 19, and features 38 nights of fun, affordable family entertainment through September 7.

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