McClellan Makes Major League Debut
April 18, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Former Indiana pitcher Zach McClellan made his major league debut on Monday, throwing one inning for the Colorado Rockies in their game against San Francisco. McClellan became the 21st former Hoosier to play in the major leagues and the first this season.
McClellan, who was called up from AAA Colorado Springs on Monday to replace Byung-Hyun Kim, threw the eighth inning for the Rockies, allowing two hits and one run in an 8-0 loss to the Giants. McClellan recorded a pair of groundball outs in his debut, including a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Randy Winn.
Manager Clint Hurdle has indicated that McClellan will see significant action for the Rockies, as he will be called on to fill Colorado's seventh-inning relief role. The 28-year-old had thrown four innings for Colorado Springs this season, allowing two hits and striking out three. Last season, he posted a 4.18 ERA in 64 2/3 innings for the Sky Sox.
The Toledo, Ohio, native had a 16-5 record with a 4.58 ERA in his Hoosier career from 1998-2000. In 2000, McClellan finished second on the Hoosiers with a 4.10 ERA and 63 strikeouts, starting 13 games and posting five complete games. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2000 MLB Draft, going to Kansas City with the 134th overall pick. He was traded from the Royals to the Rockies in 2004.
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