The Mankato MoonDogs, member of the Northwoods League are excited to add pitcher Tyson Brummett to the list of MoonDogs alumni playing Major League Baseball. Brummett (‘05-’06) made his Major League debut Wednesday night for the Philadelphia Phillies in a 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals. He replaced perennial All-Star Jonathan Papelbon on the mound before recording the final two outs of the Phillies 2012 season. Brummett struck out two Nationals batters while giving up two hits in 2/3 of an inning.
Tyson Brummett’s name can be found throughout the MoonDog’s record books. In his first summer in Mankato the UCLA product started 14 games on the mound and that record still stands today. Also, over the course of his two seasons in a MoonDogs uniform, he struck out 126 batters which currently ranks second in MoonDogs history.
The right hander was a 7th round pick by the Phillies in the 2007 Major League Baseball draft and spent four years in the Minor Leagues before getting his call up. When he was asked about his first Major League experience he said "it was unbelievable, it lived up to everything everyone ever talked about."
He joined the Phillies for their last home stand of the season and warmed up twice but was never put in the game "Once Papelbon went into the game I thought that was it and that I’d have to wait until next year to make my debut" but after Papelbon gave up two earned runs in only 1/3 of an inning Brummett warmed up again and this time he got his shot.
Brummett will play winter baseball in Caracas, Venezuela this off-season and hopes to be on the Phillies roster for the 2013 season. He is the 6th MoonDog and the 9th Mankato Northwoods League alumnus to play in the Major Leagues.