Former Temple City star Ryan Tucker was impressive Sunday in his MLB debut.
If you back up your dream with work, it will eventually come true.
Just ask Ryan Tucker.
The former Temple City High School baseball star, who was compensation pick by the Florida Marlins in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, got his call to the Major League’s Saturday and passed with flying colors, winning his Major League debut in the Marlins’ 9-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
Tucker, who spent the first portion of the season going 4-2 for the Double-A Carolina Mudcats, limited the Reds to just two hits and one run with six strike outs in five innings. He also walked five.
“I was still a little nervous in the first two innings, but I did what I can to settle down and control the walks,” Tucker told MLB.com. “I just told myself to relax, take a deep breath and make pitches.
“I’m going to stay as long as they want me, and hopefully, I could keep giving them wins.”
Reports also indicate that Tucker’s stay with Florida may be a long one.
“He’s been dominating Double-A, and he’s improved his pitches,” manager Fredi Gonzalez told MLB.com. “He deserves to come up here and pitch in the big leagues.
“We’ll take it one day at a time, but I don’t foresee him being a spot starter or anything like that. I think we’re going to give him an opportunity to stick around.”