Former Calvert Hall baseball player Troy Stokes, Jr. got his dream call on Saturday while in Iowa with AAA Indianapolis, learning that he was called up to the Major Leagues by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He then made his Big League debut on Sunday in historic Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.
Stokes was in the starting lineup for the Pirates, batting eighth and playing right-field. Stokes went 0-for-4 at the plate, but did reach on an error in the fourth inning, allowing Pittsburgh’s fourth run to score in their 6-5 victory. He also made an outstanding sliding catch near the side wall in foul territory.
Stokes was selected in the 4th round of the 2014 Major League Draft (116 overall), out of high school, by the Milwaukee Brewers. He twice made his way onto the Brewers 40-man roster, but never onto the active major league roster. In September of 2019, he was designated for assignment and claimed off waivers by the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers waived him in January of this year and he was claimed by the Pirates.
In seven minor league seasons, Stokes has a career .249 batting average with 115 doubles, 18 triples and 58 home runs. He also has 247 RBI, 269 walks and 130 stolen bases.
Stokes joins two other MIAA baseball players to make their Major League debut in 2021, Bruce Zimmerman (Loyola Blakefield/Baltimore Orioles) and Peter Solomon (Mount St. Joseph/Houston Astros) also broke in this spring.