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Lucky 13: Givens makes MLB debut
06/26/2015 1:13 AM ET
Mychal Givens became the 13th ABL alum to make his MLB debut when he tossed a scoreless inning for the Baltimore Orioles on 24 June.
Mychal Givens became the 13th ABL alum to make his MLB debut when he tossed a scoreless inning for the Baltimore Orioles on 24 June. 

BOSTON, Mass. -- Baltimore Orioles prospect Mychal Givens hit a strong .352 for the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat in the 2011/12 season and played solid defence as a middle infielder. On 24 June the 25-year-old made his MLB debut - as a pitcher. 

Givens entered the Orioles' away game against the Boston Red Sox in the bottom of the eighth inning, and got the first out before facing legendary Boston slugger David "Big Papi" Ortiz. Givens induced a groundout to first base to retire Ortiz and struck out Mike Napoli for a quick 1-2-3 debut inning. 

The Orioles optioned Givens back to Double-A the day after his debut to make room for starter Miguel Gonzalez, who returned from the disabled list. Nevertheless, Givens impressed Baltimore management in his short big league stint.

"With Mychal, it's kind of 'To be continued,'" Baltimore skipper Buck Showalter told MLB.com. "He brings a lot of things. He's very athletic. He brings a lot of things that a lot of other pitchers can't."

Givens' athleticism was on peak display in 2011/12, when he helped the Heat claim their second new ABL Claxton Shield. He ranked second among Heat regular players in batting average and led the team in stolen bases, earning him a spot on the World All-Stars in the inaugural ABL All-Star Game. After his season Down Under, Givens spent one more minor league season as an infielder before the Orioles converted him to a pitcher in 2013. 

Prior to his callup on 20 June, Givens was 3-1 with a 1.60 ERA for Bowie. He'll return to the BaySox and continue serving as a late-inning bullpen arm.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.