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Schugel Makes Major League Debut Against Dodgers

Schugel VS Dodgers

A few hours after getting recalled from Triple-A Reno A.J Schugel made his major league debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The right handed pitcher came in to relieve Josh Collmenter in the sixth inning of the game and went on to allow two runs on five hits in the last three innings.

"It's tough to come in your first game in the Major Leagues, and you could see that first inning he struggled with his location and his ability to throw his breaking ball or changeup for strikes," D-Backs manager Chip Hale said about the former Border Cat. "Once he was able to do that, I like what I saw and that's what I expected. You just never know what you are going to get that first go-around. I thought after he first inning, he did a good job"

Last season with Double-A Mobile Schugel went 6-4 with a 3.47 ERA in 26 starts. The Southern League midseason All Star was acquired from the Angels with Mark Trumno as a part of a three-team trade with the White Sox in December of 2013. 

Schugel, who played collegiately at Central Arizona College, played for the Bordercats in 2009 and 2010. Schugel was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 25th round of the 2010 MLB draft. 

In his 2009 season with the Bordercats, Schugel hit .261 with 4 home runs and 33 RBI over 63 games. On the mound he was 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA in 6 appearances. He also struck out 13 batters. The following season Schugel played only 13 games with the Bordercats and hit .250 with 1 home run and 4 RBI.

For more information visit http://northwoodsleague.com/blog/2015/04/13/former-bordercat-a-j-schugel-debuts-with-arizona/  and http://m.dbacks.mlb.com/news/article/117820662/d-backs-recall-pitcher-aj-schugel-place-catcher-gerald-laird-on-dl .