STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (June 19, 2013) – Former Oklahoma Christian pitcher Chris Burgess made his professional baseball debut on Wednesday night, throwing in relief for the Williamsport Crosscutters, the short-season Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Burgess entered the 8-3 loss to State College to start the sixth inning, with his team already trailing 6-2. In his two-inning stint, he allowed one hit, one walk and one run (earned) and threw two wild pitches. He faced eight batters and recorded all six of his outs on groundouts.
After pitching a perfect sixth inning, Burgess gave up a leadoff single to Ronald Castillo in the seventh and threw a wild pitch, allowing Castillo to advance to second. Castillo took third on a groundout and scored on another wild pitch by Burgess.
The Phillies selected Burgess in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft earlier this month. He was one of two OC players taken in the draft, joining pitcher Cale Coshow, who went in the 13th round to the New York Yankees. Coshow has yet to pitch for the Yankees’ short-season Class A affiliate, the Staten Island Yankees.