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Rockies call up Harrison Musgrave for MLB debut

West Virginia graduate and former Big 12 pitcher of the year Harrison Musgrave was summoned to the Colorado Rockies from Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday.

Musgrave is also a Bridgeport High School graduate, helping lead the Indians to a runner-up finish in Class AAA back in 2010.

A starter over three minor league seasons, Musgrave will fill a long reliever role with Colorado.

The 26-year-old left-hander from Nutter Fort, W.Va., was 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three Triple-A starts this season.

Harrison Musgrave was summoned to the Colorado Rockies from Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday.

“One of my outings was short because of a rain delay, and other other two went pretty well as far as efficiency and results,” Musgrave told The Denver Post. “Everything felt good, and I’m looking to carry that stuff over into a game here, whenever that is.”

Selected by the Rockies in the eighth round of the 2014 draft, Musgrave becomes the 23rd West Virginia product to reach the big leagues. He joins infielder Jedd Gyorko of the St. Louis Cardinals as the only Mountaineers currently on an MLB roster.

Musgrave went 18-6 with a 2.89 ERA in 39 college starts, striking out 209 and walking 74.

In his first full minor league season in 2015, Musgrave went 13-5 with a 2.99 ERA in 27 starts split between upper Class A and Double-A Hartford. He followed that in 2016 with a 13-8 combined record between Hartford and Triple-A.

Slowed by injuries last year Musgrave made only 12 starts while struggling to a 3-1 mark with a 6.79 ERA at Albuquerque.

Before that frustrating season, Rockies manager Bud Black predicted Musgrave could be a fifth starter.

“You know what I like about this cat? Strike thrower, calm, good heartbeat, good slider, has the change to the righty, moves the fastball. He can be a great swingman,” Black said.





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