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Drew Gagnon Set to Make MLB Debut with New York Mets

July 10, 2018

LONG BEACH, Calif. - On Tuesday night in Queens, Drew Gagnon will become the 49th Long Beach State product to appear in a Major League Baseball game. The 28-year-old righthander is the scheduled starting pitcher for the New York Mets in their game against the Philadelphia Phillies, slated for a 7:10 p.m. ET first pitch.

Gagnon played for the Dirtbags from 2009-11, coming to Long Beach State as a true freshman from Liberty High School in Brentwood, Calif. He worked a total of 265.1 innings during his three seasons at Long Beach State, and his 43 career starts rank sixth in program history. After serving as the Sunday starter as a freshman in 2009, he moved up to the Friday night spot for his final two seasons and was solid in that role. Gagnon posted a 3.28 ERA as a sophomore and lowered that number to a 2.81 mark as a junior, collecting 84 strikeouts in 99.1 innings that season.

During his LBSU career, Gagnon was twice named to the All-Big West second team and he was a two-time Big West Pitcher of the Week. Gagnon was selected in the third round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers, going as the 100th overall selection in that draft.

“We are very proud and excited for Drew,” said Dirtbags head coach Troy Buckley, who took over as head coach prior to Gagnon’s junior season. “He has truly persevered and shown great resolve on his path to his Major League debut. This opportunity is well deserved for a great teammate and Dirtbag!”

Gagnon was signed to a minor league contract by the Mets organization in December of last year, and has been solid this season with a 4.40 ERA across 18 starts in the minors. He has 104 strikeouts in 102.1 innings and has been on a roll lately, collecting five consecutive quality starts in AAA for the Las Vegas 51’s. On June 29 he had his best start of the season, tossing seven shutout innings allowing just four hits and a walk while collecting a season-high 10 strikeouts.

 

 

With his promotion, Gagnon becomes the 49th former Dirtbag to reach the Major Leagues, and he’s the third to make his debut in the last two seasons, joining Shane Carle and former LBSU teammate Mike Marjama. Long Beach State will now boast 10 former players who have appeared in an MLB game this season, with All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki set to make it 11 upon his return from injury.

Interestingly enough, when Gagnon takes the ball on Tuesday night, he will be opposing Enyel De Los Santos of the Phillies, who will also be making his big league debut on the mound.

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