Ryan Verdugo
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Former Pitcher Verdugo Makes Major League Debut
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Published: July 18, 2012, 10:55 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE -- Former LSU left-hander Ryan Verdugo made his Major League Baseball debut Tuesday night, pitching for the Kansas City Royals against the Seattle Mariners in Kauffman Stadium.

Verdugo, a native of Lake Stevens, Wash., is the fourth former Tiger during the Paul Mainieri era (2007-present) to reach the MLB level, joining pitcher Louis Coleman, infielder DJ LeMahieu and pitcher Charlie Furbush.

Verdugo helped lead LSU in 2008 to a College World Series appearance, an SEC Western Division title and an SEC Tournament championship. He transferred to LSU prior to the 2008 season after two years at Skagit College in Mount Vernon, Wash.

Verdugo appeared in 20 games for the Tigers in 2008 with an SEC-best 18 starts, recording a 9-4 mark and a 4.12 ERA in 96 innings with 37 walks and 85 strikeouts. He earned an NCAA Baton Rouge Regional win over Southern Miss, allowing four runs on six hits in five innings with two walks and four strikeouts.

Verdugo, a member of the 2008 SEC Academic Honor Roll, registered a season-best 10 strikeouts in six innings in an SEC Tournament start versus South Carolina.

He finished the '08 season in the Top 10 in several SEC categories, including games started (No. 1 - 18), wins (No. 2 - 9), innings pitched (No. 4 - 96.0), strikeouts (No. 7 - 85) and opponent batting average (No. 8 -.264).

Verdugo was the ninth-round selection of the San Francisco Giants in 2008, and he was traded to the Royals organization prior to the 2012 season.

LSU has had at least one former player make his MLB debut in 20 of the past 22 seasons.

 

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