Trystan Magnuson

It was just a matter of time before one of those guys showed up on a major league roster.

Trystan Magnuson, an ace reliever on the University of Louisville’s College World Series baseball team, has been moved up to the major leagues by the Oakland Athletics.

The 6-foot-7 righthander was called up from the A’s farm team in Sacramento where he had compiled a 1.56 earned run average with three saves in 12 games.

According to MLB.com: The wide-eyed hurler first received news of his promotion on Tuesday night in Memphis, where the River Cats just began an eight-game road trip. He was called into manager Darren Bush’s office and was ragged for his unavailability.

“I was flustered because I had been down in the bullpen the whole time,” Magnuson said. “He said, ‘That sort of stuff doesn’t fly here, or in the big leagues tomorrow.'”

Magnuson, a Vancouver native, immediately woke his parents with the news.

The 56th overall Draft pick in 2007, he will fill the middle-relief role, though A’s manager Bob Geren noted he’ll stay away from placing the rookie in a high-pressure situation for a few days.

The 56th overall Draft pick in 2007, Manguson will fill a middle-relief role, though A’s manager Bob Geren has indicated he’ll stay away from placing the rookie in a high-pressure situation for a few days.

He had a 3-2 won-lost record and nine saves at U of L in 2007 to go with a 1.09 ERA.

May be enough to get some of us checking major league baseball box scores again. It has been a while.

Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

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