06/03/2010 10:51 AM -
The Kansas City T-Bones would like to congratulate former T-Bone Travis Schlichting on his first major league victory, picked up on June 2 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The right-hander threw the final four shutout innings of relief in the 14-inning contest, allowing just three hits in his outing.
Schlichting, 25, played for the T-Bones in 2007 following his release from the Angels. Originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the fourth round of the 2003 amateur draft, Schlichting spent his first stint in affiliated ball as a third baseman. After hitting .250 with eight home runs in his first four professional seasons, Schlichting decided to work on his pitching, something he did sporadically in high school.
During the 2007 season, his first full season as a pitcher, Schlichting went 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA in 51 innings. The right-hander struck out 47 batters in that span. Following the campaign, Schlichting’s contract was purchased by the Dodgers, who sent him to Class AA Jacksonville where he went 6-4 with a 3.77 ERA over 59 and two-thirds innings. He struck out 49 batters and walked just 18.
His promotion to the Dodgers last season made him the first T-Bones player to reach the major leagues. Schlichting made his ML debut on Sunday, June 7, 2009 against the Philadelphia Phillies. The right-hander surrendered a home run to the first batter he faced, former NL MVP Ryan Howard. That was the lone hit Schlichting allowed as he went one and two-thirds innings while striking out two in his debut.