Cole Gillespie Makes Major League Debut

April 22, 2010

PHOENIX - Cole Gillespie became the 22nd former Oregon State baseball player to play in the Major Leagues when he made his debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday night at Chase Field.

Gillespie was recalled from Triple-A Reno Wednesday, and made his debut as a pinch hitter for starting pitcher Edwin Jackson in the eighth inning. He laced a 2-1 pitch from St. Louis starter Chris Carpenter into deep left field, and later scored when Kelly Johnson doubled to right.

Prior to his promotion Wednesday, Gillespie had played in 12 games for the Aces, the top minor league club in Arizona's organization. He was batting .283 with a home run, three doubles, three runs batted in and 10 walks.

He came to Arizona's organization in 2009 after playing for the Milwaukee Brewers organization after being drafted by the club in the third round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Play Draft.

In 2006, Gillespie was named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year after leading the Beavers to the first of two consecutive national championships. He lettered for the Beavers from 2004-06, batting .348 with 33 doubles, 14 home runs, 79 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 132 career games, 99 of which were starts.

Gillespie is now one of four Beavers currently playing for Major League clubs, joining Jacoby Ellsbury (Boston), Brian Barden (Florida) and Mike Ekstrom (Tampa Bay).

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