Corbin Burnes’ wait for a Major League Baseball call up has officially come to an end.
Burnes, a Bakersfield native and Centennial High School graduate, was promoted to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. It will be the first exposure to big-league regular-season action for the 23-year-old right-handed pitcher.
For Burnes, reaching the majors appeared to not be a question of if but a matter of when.
Last year Burnes won Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year, going 8-3 with a 1.67 ERA between Single-A Carolina and Double-A Biloxi.
This season he was promoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he held a 3-4 record and a 5.15 ERA. Burnes has appeared in 19 games this year, with his last six outings coming out of the bullpen. He hasn't given up a run in his last three relief appearances, and has struck out 81 batters in 78 2/3 innings of work.
Milwaukee selected Burnes in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB Draft after he played collegiately at Saint Mary's University.
The Brewers have been one of baseball’s surprise teams this year, holding a National League-best 54-36 overall record and a first-place position in the NL Central Division standings.
Burnes becomes the third current big leaguer with Bakersfield ties — ironically, all three happen to be pitchers. Justin Miller (Ridgeview High School and Bakersfield College) and Austin Davis (Cal State Bakersfield) are both relievers for the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies, respectively.