NewsMcLeary Gets Called up by the Pirates
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - For the second time in his career, Marty McLeary has gotten the call that he has spent his whole life and specifically the past ten summers working towards.
On Monday, McLeary, a Mansfield, Ohio native and a former standout at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Mansfield Christian School, was called up from the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
For the season, McLeary has posted a 3-4 record with a 2.68 earned run average with Indianapolis. In 104 innings of work as both a starter and a reliever, he struck out 115 batters and issued just 33 walks. At the time of his promotion, McLeary ranked seventh in the International League in strikeouts and would have been second in the league in ERA if he had thrown five more innings.
During spring training this season, McLeary tied for the Pirates’ team lead with three victories as he went 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA in five appearances with eight strikeouts and two walks in nine innings of work.
McLeary, who is in his tenth professional season, previously saw action in three games in relief for the San Diego Padres during the 2004 season. In 3 2/3 innings of work, he struck out four batters and allowed seven hits, two walks, and six runs.
McLeary is the second former MVNU player to pitch at the major league level as he joins Tim Belcher, who was the #1 draft pick overall in 1983, won a World Series ring with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988, and pitched for seven different major league teams over 14 seasons in posting a 146-140 career record.