Brash to be called up by Mariners

Right-hander Matt Brash (Kingston, Ont.) will be called up by the Seattle Mariners today. Photo: Niagara University Athletics

By Kevin Glew

Cooperstowners in Canada

Canadian right-hander Matt Brash will be added to the Seattle Mariners’ roster prior to today’s game with the Oakland A’s, according to a report from Ryan Divish, of The Seattle Times.

Brash, a Kingston, Ont., native, had been spotted in the Mariners’ clubhouse yesterday which had sparked speculation about his promotion.

The 23-year-old Canuck will likely pitch in relief in today’s contest.

Brash has enjoyed a breakout season in the Mariners’ minor league ranks after he was acquired from the San Diego Padres last September. A fourth-round pick of the Pads in 2019, Brash is a combined 6-4 with a 2.31 ERA in 20 appearances (19 starts) between High A and double-A this season.

Most impressive, however, is his 142 strikeouts in 97 1/3 innings. As a reward, the Niagara College alum has cracked Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB prospects list for the first time (He’s No. 100).

Brash, a Kingston Thunder grad, is set to become the 16th Canadian to play in the major leagues this season. He will also become the first player from Kingston to play in the major leagues.

The 6-foot-1 right-hander, who was named the MAAC Pitcher of the Year in 2019, made his professional debut with the Padres’ Low-A Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League in 2019. In four relief appearances with the TinCaps, he allowed just one run and struck out six in 4 1/3 innings. He also hurled a scoreless inning for the Padres in the Rookie ball Arizona League.

When he was selected in the 2019 MLB draft, Brash became just the second player from Kingston to be drafted. Right-hander Jonnie Mazzeo was chosen in the 41st round by the Montreal Expos in 1999.

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Kevin Glew is a professional writer based in London, Ontario. His work has been featured on CBC Sports, Sportsnet.ca, MLB.com and Sympatico.ca. He has also written articles for Baseball Digest, Baseball America, The Hockey News, Sports Market Report and the Canadian Baseball Network. He has been involved with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for more than 16 years, including a two-year stint as the museum's acting curator.

6 thoughts on “Brash to be called up by Mariners

  1. Great Canadian news! Mr Elliott will be extremely happy to have a Kingston player in the show.
    Thanks for the great writeup Kevin

  2. Hi Kevin,

    Many very pleased baseball fans in the Limestone City waiting to see Matt Brash’s first action in the major leagues. He has a reputation around here as being a fine young man. Regarding the other Kingstonian that you mentioned, Jonnie Mazzeo. I worked with a cousin of his just prior to retiring. According to his relative Jonnie was attending Fordham University in NYC at the time that 9/11 occurred, and what he experienced that day had profound affects on him.

    Dan

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