Brandon Mann spent 16 years in the minors but did not give up his dream of playing in the majors. Sunday, the left-handed pitcher finally got there. Mann, who was selected by Tampa Bay in the 27th round of the 2002 draft, pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday in the Rangers loss to Houston.
"I found out after the game last night and called my wife immediately, helped her book a flight [to Houston]," he said before Sunday's game. "She’ll be here with my sister, which is awesome."
Mann, who will be 34 Wednesday, pitched for the Lancaster Barnstormers during the 2014 season. He was 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.263 WHIP in 20 games (six starts) for the Stormers. He struck out 48 and walked 17 in 50 2/3 innings.
17 years after being drafted and at the age of 33, Brandon Mann enters in the 7th to make his ML debut.— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) May 13, 2018
Congratulations, Brandon! pic.twitter.com/7erYRYWGFH
FINAL: Astros 6, Rangers 1. pic.twitter.com/W1ynKy5vuG— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) May 13, 2018