Kyle Crockett first member of 2013 draft class to reach The Show
Kyle Crockett was called up from Akron on Friday afternoon before the Tribe’s game against Oakland. His first appearance with the Indians will be his Major League debut, and he’ll join Jesus Aguilar in that group: Aguilar made his MLB debut on Wednesday in Toronto after being called up from Columbus.
Crockett allowed only two earned runs at Akron, and also is the first member of the 2013 draft class to reach the bigs. He skipped High A Carolina on his way to Akron, and skipped Class AAA Columbus on his way to the Show.
He chatted with reporters before Batting Practice:
Absolutely (it came as a surprise). They had given me subtle hints. The pitching coach (Jeff Harris) said I needed to be ready to pitch Friday; he never tells me when I’m going to be pitching. A couple guys told me this morning my bags were off the bus.
(Harris) and (Manager Dave Wallace) pulled me into the office this morning and gave me the news.
I broke out in tears (when I heard). I’m usually not a big emotional guy. This is everything I’ve dreamed of, so it was hard to hold it in.
I called my parents first. They were crying, bawling just as much as I was.
It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I haven’t really thought about (being the first player from my draft class) yet. I’m just happy to be here.
It’d be fair to say (that I didn’t expect to be here a year after I was drafted). Just hearing stories from other guys, I thought the minor league life would be tougher, that it was a long … road. I moved pretty quickly to Akron, and to here it’s been a whirlwind. It was a surprise, but a good one.
It hasn’t sunk in yet, which might be good because maybe my nerves haven’t set in yet, just in case I have to pitch tonight.
I didn’t think I was going to skip High A, and it was a surprise to skip Triple A.
Postscript: Crockett made his MLB debut on Friday, allowing one run in 1.1IP. Congrats, Kyle!