TORONTO – On September 5, 2021, in Toronto, former UNF baseball right-handed pitcher Bryan Baker made his Major League Baseball debut with the Toronto Blue Jays, fanning one in a scoreless inning of work during the Blue Jays’ 8-0 win against the Oakland Athletics.
Baker was called up to the big league club September 1, becoming the first Osprey baseball player in the program’s Division I history to reach the big league level. The Fort Walton Beach, Fla., native is the seventh former Osprey to compete in a MLB game, and the first since Mike Wood did so for the Texas Rangers in 2007.
The righty was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 11th round of the 2016 June Draft. He pitched in the Rockies organization until 2018 when he was traded to the Blue Jays. Baker dominated at both Double A New Hampshire and Triple A Buffalo before earning his call-up just days ago.
Baker fanned Josh Harrison for his first strikeout in the bigs as the Blue Jays ran away with the game.