Courtesy Gonzaga athletics
SPOKANE, Wash. – Just days after his call up to the Miami Marlins, former Gonzaga University pitcher Steven Ames made his Major League Baseball debut Tuesday night against the New York Mets.
The right-handed pitcher faced just a single batter. With a runner on first and two outs in the seventh inning, Ames replaced Dan Jennings to face All-Star David Wright. In two pitches, Ames got Wright to fly out to centerfield to end the frame.
Ames was the 517th overall selection in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft of the Los Angeles Dodgers after posting an 8-2 record with the Bulldogs. With All-West Coast Conference honorable mention honors, Ames helped the Zags win its first WCC title and advance in the NCAA Tournament. The Vancouver, Wash., native led GU in innings (96.2) that season.
After four years in the Dodgers organization, Ames was traded to the Miami Marlins July 6 with pitchers Josh Wall and Angel Sanchez for pitcher Ricky Nolasco. This year in the minors Ames has a 2-2 record, 3.05 ERA and eight saves. Since the trade to Miami, Ames has made five appearances with the New Orleans Pelicans with seven innings pitched and no runs allowed.
Ames will be playing for another former Bulldog Mike Redmond. Miami named Redmond its 13th manager in organization history prior to the season.