31-Year-Old To Make MLB Debut After 10 Years In Minors

These are the feel-good stories of baseball. Long-time minor leaguer finally gets his crack at The Show. That's the case today for 31-year-old right-hander Kevin Herget. A 39th-round draft pick, spending 10 years in the minors, the Tampa Bay Rays are giving him his shot. 

To be sure, this isn't some charity case for the Rays. This is a team fighting to maintain playoff positioning, and Herget, although he began the year in an independent league, has been tearing it up for the Rays' Triple-A Durham affiliate.

In 16 games since joining the Bulls on May 11th, Herget is 8-1, with a 2.45 ERA in 80.2 innings, with an 82:11 K/BB ratio. He's deserving of the chance. 

Herget's reaction upon learning of his call-up? "Surreal."

The Rays, and many other followers of baseball, are hoping that Herget makes the most of it. 

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