Former Savannah State University baseball player Kyle McGowin was called up from the minor leagues and will soon make his major league debut with the Washington Nationals.
McGowin spent the 2018 season in the Nationals farm system, working his way up from Class A.
McGowin started the season in Advanced A with Potomac. There he appeared in two games and had a 1-1 record. He pitched 11 innings and struck out 14 batters and had a 4.09 earned run average.
From Potomac he went to AA where he played at Harrisburg. While at Harrisburg, he pitched 78 innings and struck out 94 batters. He had a 3.69 ERA and a 4-3 record while appearing in 13 games.
His last stop was at AAA Syracuse.
In his eight starts with the Chiefs since being called up in July, McGowin went 3-2 with a 1.20 ERA and held batters to a .147 batting average, striking out 44 in 52.2 innings pitched.
McGowin was drafted in the fifth round of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft out of Savannah State University by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2013.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound, Sag Harbor, N.Y., native, pitched the Tigers to their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship in 2013, and the program’s first Division I NCAA Regional bid.
During the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament, he was named the tournament’s Outstanding Performer after he pitched all ten innings of the championship game, recording 11 strikeouts.
That same year, he was named First team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
During the regular season he had an 1.49 ERA in 96 1/3 innings pitched and a 12-1 record. He led the MEAC in strikeouts (111) and wins, and was ranked sixth nationally after the end of the regular season.
Courtesy of Savannah State Sports Information