Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Diamondbacks promote Bolsinger
This is a 2014 photo of Mike Bolsinger of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team. (AP Photo/ Gregory Bull)
FAYETTEVILLE Former Arkansas pitcher Mike Bolsinger has been added to the active roster for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said Bolsinger will start Saturday's game at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bolsinger was 2-0 this season for the Diamondbacks' triple-A affiliate in Reno, Nev. The right-hander had a 1.42 earned run average and struck out 10 batters in 12 2/3 innings.
Pitcher Will Harris was moved to Reno to make room for Bolsinger on the roster.
A native of McKinney, Texas, Bolsinger was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 15th round of the 2010 MLB Draft. He was 7-7 in 17 starts for Reno last season, finishing the year with a 4.72 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 101 innings.
Bolsinger becomes the seventh former Arkansas player to make a MLB roster this season. Other former Razorbacks in MLB are Cliff Lee (Phillies), Drew Smyly (Tigers), Dallas Keuchel (Astros), Logan Forsythe (Rays), Blake Parker (Cubs) and Craig Gentry (Athletics). Only Florida has more former players on MLB rosters among SEC teams.
Keuchel, Smyly and Bolsinger were members of the Razorbacks' 2009 College World Series team. Four other players from that season - Brett Eibner, Andy Wilkins, Zack Cox and James McCann - are currently on triple-A rosters.
Bolsinger was a three-year letterman at Arkansas from 2008-10, finishing with a 16-10 record on the mound. He had a team-best 2.99 ERA as a junior while working mostly as a reliever.