BRONX, N.Y. – Former Saint Joseph's pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis was promoted to the Major Leagues on Sunday, joining the Baltimore Orioles in time for their game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Yacabonis becomes the third Hawk baseball player to suit up for a Major League club. Outfielder Fritz Henrich appeared in 36 games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1924, while pitcher Jamie Moyer spent 25 years in the big leagues with eight clubs, winning 269 games and a World Series title in 2008.
A native of Matawan, New Jersey, Yacabonis set a school record with 10 saves in 2013 and struck out 48 batters in 35.2 innings en route to Second Team Atlantic 10 All-Conference and All-Big 5 Baseball accolades.
Yacabonis was selected in the 13th round of the 2013 MLB Draft, going to the Orioles with the 399th overall selection. He is one of five Hawks to be drafted during the tenure of head coach Fritz Hamburg, along with Ryan Kemp (2011, 14th Round, Cincinnati), A.J. Holland (2011, 16th Round, Atlanta), Brian O'Keefe (2014, 7th Round, St. Louis), and Jordan Carter (2014, 22nd Round, Cleveland).
This season, Yacabonis has appeared in 23 games for the Norfolk Tides of the AAA International League, posting a 1-0 record with seven saves and a 0.90 earned run average in 30.0 innings.
The Orioles will take on the Yankees at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday before heading to Chicago for a four-game set against the White Sox.