This time last year, Kyle Crockett was the closer for the Virginia baseball team. Now he's a big-league pitcher.
On Friday afternoon, the Cleveland Indians promoted Crockett from their Double-A affiliate, the Akron RubberDucks. The left-handed relief pitcher had a 0.57 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 15.2 innings of work at Akron this season.
The Indians wasted no time putting Crockett to work, bringing him out of the bullpen in the second inning of an 11-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Crockett gave up two hits -- including a solo homer by Oakland's Jed Lowrie -- and walked one in 1.1 innings pitched.
Cleveland took Crockett in Round 4 of last June's MLB Draft. He joined the team's farm system after going 4-1 for UVa last season, with a 1.70 ERA and 12 saves. Crockett struck out 71 and gave up just 42 hits in 58.1 innings pitched for the Cavaliers last season.
In three stops in the Indians' farm system last summer, Crockett was a combined 1-0 with a 0.36 ERA in 21 appearances.
Crockett becomes the 33rd former UVa player to get the call to the big leagues.
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