Former FGCU baseball standout Jacob Barnes earned his first major league call-up on Wednesday as the Milwaukee Brewers promoted the right-handed reliever from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Barnes was drafted in the 14th round of the 2011 draft by the Brewers and has worked his way up their system since then. After pitching 11 & 2/3 scoreless innings in the Arizona Fall League last year, the St. Petersburg, Fla. product began spring training with Milwaukee before heading to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA).
With the Sky Sox Barnes pitched 22.1 innings out of the bullpen, recording 23 strikeouts and posting a 1.21 ERA and .94 WHIP. He allowed just seven walks and an opponents' batting average of .184.
His first chance to take the mound in the majors will come in Philadelphia, as the Brewers head to the Phillies on Thursday to begin a four game series over the weekend.
This news comes just a week after minor league journeyman and fellow Eagle Richard Bleier was also called up to the big leagues. The now New York Yankee made his major league debut on Monday, inducing the only two batters he faced into ground-outs in the 8th inning.
Barnes and Bleier join Chicago White Sox All-Star Chris Sale and former Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals pitcher Casey Coleman on the list of Eagles to crack the MLB.