Release: July 17, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y. Former Binghamton baseball pitcher Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ontario) has been called up by the Minnesota Twins and will make his Major League Baseball debut Monday night at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Diamond, a 6-foot-3 lefty who began the summer in Triple-A Rochester, will start the Twins' second game of a day-night home doubleheader against Cleveland Monday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. (ET). Diamond will become the first former Binghamton player to reach the pinnacle of professional baseball.
After a solid four-year tenure with the Atlanta Braves organization, Diamond was selected by the Twins with the 27th pick in the Rule 5 Draft in December. He was one of the final players sent down to Rochester in the preseason after developing a blister on his left thumb. Diamond had allowed just one earned run in six innings of spring training action. In Rochester, he posted a 4.70 ERA with 68 strikeouts and 30 walks in 17 starts for the Red Wings. He's gone six or more innings in five of his last seven starts in Rochester, including seven innings in his last start on July 7. In his previous start on July 2, Diamond went eight strong innings, allowing just one run on five hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
"I'm so excited for and proud of Scott," BU head coach Tim Sinicki said. "This opportunity is a testament to all his hard work and preparation."
Twins righthander Scott Baker was put on the disabled list Sunday and Diamond was subsequently added to the 40-man roster. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire commented on his plan for Diamond in an interview with MLB.com.
"We'll give him a chance to kind of regroup, sit around here, see what's it's all about, get a feel for a few more things," Gardenhire said. "We're facing the Cleveland Indians and he's being thrown into the fire here so we'll see how he does. He's a nice-looking young pitcher."
Diamond climbed through the Braves' minor league system without allowing his ERA to rise higher than 3.52 at any level. Last summer, he finished with the Braves' Triple-A Gwinnett team, posting a 4-1 record with a 3.36 ERA. He racked up 33 strikeouts and 15 walks in 56 innings. Diamond held both lefties and righties to a .250 average or lower and averaged 7.27 strikeouts per nine innings over his last two seasons. In 158 2/3 innings in 2010 (AA and AAA), Diamond walked 54 and struck out 123.
In three seasons at Binghamton (2005-07), he totalled 14 wins and started 37 games - the most starts of any BU pitcher in that span. An accomplished engineering student while at BU, Diamond is closing in on finishing his bachelor's degree in industrial and systems engineering.
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