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USC Baseball Alum Tyler Gilbert Makes MLB Debut with Arizona Diamondbacks

Aug 4, 2021

PHOENIX, Ariz. – USC baseball alum Tyler Gilbert made his Major League debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night in Phoenix, becoming the 118th Trojan to play in the MLB.
Gilbert tossed a scoreless eighth inning to help Arizona hold on to a 3-1 lead and pick up a victory over the league-leading San Francisco Giants. The lefty struck out two of the three batters he faced after coming on in relief of Diamondback starter Madison Bumgarner.

The Trojan alum was a sixth round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies out of USC in 2015, and spent five years with the organization before heading to the Dodgers and eventually the Diamondbacks. Gilbert pitched for the AAA Reno Aces for the entirety of his 2021 MiLB season before his contract was selected by Arizona early Tuesday morning.
Gilbert had made 11 appearances and 10 starts for Reno this season, posting a 3.44 ERA in 52.1 innings pitched, with 50 strikeouts and 19 walks. Through his six minor league seasons, Gilbert has never had an ERA higher than 3.98, and owns a 3.86 strikeout-to-walk ratio while putting up 8.2 strikeouts per 9 innings.
The southpaw played one season at USC in 2015 after transferring from Santa Barbara City College. He posted a 2.79 ERA in his lone season at Troy, making 22 appearances on the mound and six starts. Gilbert had two saves and struck out 66 batters while walking 25.
He is the second USC product to make his MLB debut this year, following Lars Nootbaar being called up by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this season. USC has produced 118 major leaguers over the years — more than any other NCAA program in the nation. Trojan alums boast 67 All-Star appearances, 29 World Series appearances, nine Cy Young awards, three Hall of Fame inductions, three Rookie of the Year Awards, one American League MVP and one World Series MVP.