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Former IU baseball pitcher Scott Effross makes MLB debut with Cubs

Scott Effross became the sixth former IU baseball player to reach the big league on Sunday, and the 33rd Hoosier of all-time.

After being called up by the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, Effross came out of the bullpen in the sixth inning on Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the crosstown White Sox.  With the Cubs already trailing 10-1, Effross came in with nobody on base and one out.

And the Cubs’ long day continued with the Twinsburg, Ohio, native on the hill.

Effross got ahead of Leury Garcia 0-2 before eventually hitting him with pitch seven.  He recorded his first career strikeout next against Cesar Hernandez, but then Luis Robert homered to left to extend the lead to 12-1.  Effross got Jose Abreu to fly out to left to end the sixth and his first career MLB appearance.

The 27 year-old Effross has spent his entire six-year professional career with the Cubs organization after being picked in the 15th round by the club in 2015. He is the sixth member of the Indiana 2013 College World Series team to make it to the major league level.

A Freshman All-American during the Hoosiers 2013 run to the College World Series, Effross ranks among Indiana’s all-time leaders in appearances (No. 4 with 81), saves (No. 6 with 12) and ERA (No. 8 at 2.27). His 32 appearances during the 2014 season are still the single season school record, as he led or tied for the team lead in appearances in 2013 and 2014.

This season as a professional, Effross owns a 3.64 ERA with 46 strikeouts and 10 walks in 42 innings with the Triple A Iowa Cubs. In his last 26.1 innings, the reliever has allowed just four runs with 29 strikeouts and eight walks. Overall, the reliever has made 23 appearances and owns a 4-2 record with two saves. Opponents his just .192 against the right-hander and his WHIP sits at 0.90.

The 6-foot-2 and 195 pound Effross started the season with the Double A Tennessee Smokies and was a perfect 3-0 with two holds in eight relief appearances. Over 18 2/3 innings of work, Effross allowed nine runs – six earned – on 16 hits with just five walks. Over his minor league career, Effross owns 23 victories and 16 saves in 198 appearances.

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