Former Louisville standout pitcher Kyle McGrath made his Major League debut Sunday afternoon for the San Diego Padres. He faced three batters in the seventh, retiring all three and recording two strikeouts.
Kyle McGrath became the 11th former UofL player to pitch in an MLB game yesterday. He retired all 3 batters he faced and had 2 strikeouts.
— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) July 31, 2017
“It’s everything you really dream of,” McGrath told MLB.com. “A lot of nerves. You look around with the crowd, this place is almost full, and it’s a really cool feeling.”
The left-hander, who is celebrating his 25th birthday on Monday, was a 36th-round draft pick for the Padres in 2014. He had spent the entire 2017 season at Double-A before receiving his call-up to the majors last Thursday, but last season, he pitched at High-A, Double-A and Triple-A.
McGrath appeared in 119 Minor League games before making his MLB debut. In four Minor League seasons, he has earned a 7-5 record and 1.61 ERA. At Double-A this season, he is 1-1 with a 2.66 ERA, 0.845 WHIP and 27 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.