Former Merrimack pitcher Ryan O’Rourke, made his Minnesota Twins debut last Thursday night as part of a spring training contest against the Boston Red Sox.
Appearing out of the bullpen, O’Rourke inherited a bases loaded situation and allowed a home run to former MVP Dustin Pedrioa. He settled down to get All-Stars Mike Napoli and Allen Craig out, completing his lone inning of the game.
The southpaw has spent the last four years in the Twins organization, after becoming Minnesota’s 13th round selection in the 2010 MLB Draft. In his final season with the Warriors, O’Rourke make 13 appearances, including nine starts. He led the team in ERA (1.25), wins (5) and strikeouts (93). He also totaled a team-leading four saves.
The former Warrior has spent time at every level of the minor leagues, including his AAA debut last season with the Rochester Red Wings. He has 67 appearances with the New Britain Rock Cats, Minnesota’s AA affiliate, over the last two seasons. In 2014 he pitched in 50 games, all out of the bullpen, striking out 52 batters in 40.2 innings pitched and limiting opposing hitters to a .232 batting average.
Mike McMahon covers Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report as well as on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN