OAKLAND, CA – Making his Major League debut, former Wildcat Cal Stevenson shined with the Athletics, even though Oakland fell 5-4.
It wasn’t long ago that former Wildcat Cal Stevenson graced the friendly confines of Hi Corbett Field as he played for Arizona Baseball from 2017-18.
Transferring from Nevada to Tucson in 2016, it didn’t take long for Cal to shine as he appeared in 106 games for the Wildcats, batting a career .302 in 367 at-bats with five home runs and 56 RBIs.
Well, fast forward a few years and Cal has been steadily climbing the prospecting ranks in the Minor Leagues.
A former 10th-round draft pick in the 2018 MLB Draft with the Toronto Blue Jays, Cal has bounced around a bit, landing with the Tampa Bay Rays organization before being traded to the Oakland Athletics this summer.
And just weeks after being shipped to the Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate), Cal was officially called up to the big show after a successful stint in the Pacific Coast League.
Being called up by Oakland, Cal Stevenson made his highly-anticipated debut as he and the Athletics took on conference rival, the Los Angeles Angels.
Things have not been going particularly well in Oakland this season. The Athletics are just 41-71 on the year and are in last place in the American League.
However, on Wednesday afternoon at RingCentral Coliseum, Cal was one of the few bright spots on the day for the Athletics.
Getting the start at centerfield, Cal made his Major League debut as he made three plate appearances.
Stevenson would finish his day batting a respectable 1-3 from the dish with one run while also drawing a walk.
His first Major League hit would come in the bottom of the sixth when he would send a hard hit ball back up that middle that became difficult for the Angels’ shortstop to corral. Cal would then beat the throw down to first.
Officially becoming the 90th Wildcat to make their MLB Debut, Cal has a bright future ahead of him, and we cannot wait to follow his career!