Ben Joyce, 23, of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, has finally gotten his big league break after a college career that saw him reach 105 mph.
Joyce took the mound for the Angels against the Chicago White Sox on April 30 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
He entered the game in the seventh inning with a 4-3 lead and pitched one inning of scoreless baseball, allowing one hit and striking out two. He threw 12 pitches.
After giving up a three-pitch 89.3 mph cutter to first baseman Andrew Vaughn for a single to left, Joyce struck out Gavin Schutz. He induced a swinging strike with a 101.8-mph sinker. After striking out Gonzalez on back-to-back pitches, Joyce turned to pinch-hitter Grandal and fired a 102.2-mph fastball, his highest pitch of the day, into the left-field seats.
With the one-run lead preserved, Joyce recorded his first major league hold and the Angels went on to win 6-4.
The University of Tennessee product saw his velocity increase significantly after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in October 먹튀검증 2020. Before the surgery, Joyce’s fastball averaged in the mid-90s. But after the surgery, he became a hard-throwing pitcher who averaged 100 mph (160.1 km/h). In 2021, he touched 105.5 mph (170 km/h) at the University of Tennessee, which caught the attention of big-league scouts.
Joyce joined the Angels in 2021 and spent the last year honing his skills at Double-A. Joyce was an invitee to spring training this year.
After the game, manager Phil Nevin said, “It couldn’t have gone better. I hope he sticks around,” said manager Phil Nevin.
“It felt really good, I felt comfortable, I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be,” said Joyce, who finally got his dream big league start, “I trusted my pitches and threw strikes. I was able to finish well. It was an amazing experience,” he said.
Joyce’s family was in attendance, including his parents, brother, and girlfriend. The team congratulated Joyce on his debut by handing him a lineup card after the game.