JOLIET, IL – Brent Headrick, a former Reed-Custer graduate and Illinois State University alumni etched his name in the history books with an extraordinary MLB debut for the Minnesota Twins Wednesday night.
Headrick became only the third pitcher in Twins’ history to record a save in his MLB debut and just the 19th player in MLB history to achieve a 3-inning save in his first appearance.
Headrick’s remarkable performance came during the Twins’ game against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park, with a final score of 10-4 in favor of the Twins. The 6-foot-6 right-hander was perfect in his first two innings, striking out three batters. The flawless effort helped secure the win for the Twins.
Headrick was called up from the minors on Sunday at Yankee Stadium but did not pitch. He had previously impressed during his time in AAA with a 6.0 ERA in twelve innings pitched.
The Minnesota Twins took to Twitter to celebrate Headrick’s outstanding debut, stating, “A 3-inning save? Memorable MLB debut, @BrentHeadrick. 🙌 #MNTwins.”
Headrick now joins the ranks of Michael Nakamura, who achieved the same feat in 2003, and Steve Barber, who accomplished it in 1970, as Twins pitchers who have recorded saves in their MLB debuts.
Headrick’s impressive performance in his debut has put him on the radar of baseball fans and experts alike. With his talent, dedication, and determination, the future looks bright for this Reed-Custer alumni as he continues to make his mark in the MLB.