Caleb Clay : Road To The Show

For most first round draft picks, the road is somewhat easy. For Caleb Clay though, it was quite a trek and a journey, but he earned his well deserved callup to "The Show" from the Los Angeles Angels this week.

In June of 2006, Caleb Clay was just a high school kid at Cullman High School in Cullman, Alabama, just a few miles north of his birth place in Birmingham. He got to celebrate with his family when he was selected 44th overall by the Boston Red Sox, and his journey to the Majors had started.

From the moment he was drafted in 2006 to the end of the 2012 season, Clay spent his time running through multiple affiliates in the Red Sox organization. Numbers, however, just weren't showing the kind of pitcher Clay was, and Clay's time with Boston was over at the end of the 2012 season.

In 2013, Clay spent his time between the Washington Nationals, Double-A and Triple-A affiliates. The numbers were good, but something wasn't quite there, and Clay made a change for himself.

In early 2014, Clay packed his stuff, boarded a plane, and took off for Korea, where he would pitch for the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization. Something hadn't clicked though and he was released by the Eagles just ten appearances later, and was headed back over seas to the heartland of America.

However, back in June, the month his quest started eight years prior, his trek to the Major Leagues took the right turn, and he signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

Clay posted strong performance after strong performance with the Angels Triple-A affiliate, Salt Lake Bees, all from the rotation. On July 20th, Clay went the full nine innings for the Bees, allowing just three hits in what was one of the more impressive performances by all Angels prospects at any affiliate for the season.

The Angels big league club took a blow by sending nine pitchers to the mound in a 19-inning walkoff win on August 9th. They needed some new arms in the bullpen, just to keep their arms healthy and not over use them.

August 10th, bags were packed, and a ticket was handed to Caleb Clay on a one-way flight from Salt Lake, Utah to Santa Ana, California, with him on it. Clay had his contract selected by the Angels, and he had officially become a part of the Major League roster for the first time in his career.

Clay has yet to pitch with the Angels, but when he does, he will be known as a Major League pitcher. It took some time, but Clay continued to pitch and work his way to his ultimate dream.

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