The Arizona Diamondbacks are reporting that the team has called up Bradin Hagens, a Pitman High School graduate, from Triple-A Reno on Wednesday and pitched in Thursday’s game.
Hagens, who was born in Modesto and attended Merced College, was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. Hagens has worked approximately six years in the minors before finally getting his big league shot.
"It kind of makes it all worth it," Hagens told DBacks.com. "All the long bus trips back-to-back, all the things you have to go through at the Minor League level, it makes it all worth it.”
Despite spending so long in the minors, he did not wait long before taking the mound in the majors. Hagens’ turn came in the ninth inning of Thursday’s game against the Miami Marlins, giving up two walks and three hits in an inning of work; he was charged with the loss.
Hagens is wearing No. 60 with the Diamondbacks.
The next Diamondbacks game will be Friday at 4:10 p.m. against the Marlins.