Stutes gets call to the majors

by: PAMLPIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO Former Lake Oswego pitcher Mike Stutes recently made his debut for the Philadelphia Phillies and tossed a scoreless inning of relief.

On Sunday evening, Mike Stutes got the call he had been hoping to hear at some point this season. The Philadelphia Phillies were calling him up to the majors.

And, in doing so, Stutes became the first graduate of Lake Oswego High School to go on to play major league baseball.

"It's been really exciting. We're all super proud of him," Lake Oswego baseball coach Jake Anders said.

Stutes was a standout in Lake Oswego's youth program and up through high school, leading the team to its only state title in sport.

"He was kind of a hometown legend and dominated at every level up here," Anders said.

He would then go on to win two College World Series titles while pitching for Oregon State University.

Stutes was drafted by the Phillies and pitched well throughout the minors as a starter.

He eventually worked his way up to AAA where he made the switch from being a starter to a reliever for the first time in his career.

Stutes didn't miss a beat in the transition and continued to thrive in the organization.

The switch would be fortuitous as he likely would have been blocked as a starter due to the Phillies' incredibly talented starting rotation.

Stutes had given up just two runs for Lehigh Valley and had 14 strikeouts in 10 innings this season and was a likely midseason call-up but he couldn't know when.

"In the pros it's a matter of 'do you fit the mold?' and he was a guy who was a little smaller than a lot of pitchers but he worked his tail off," Anders said.

That call came sooner than later. And it didn't take Stutes long to see his first action in the major leagues.

He had barely received his uniform when he was called into a game in Arizona with his team trailing 4-0.

Stutes threw a perfect scoreless inning with a strikeout and, just like that, his name was in the history books.

Stutes is now a member of one of the most talented organizations in the major leagues.

It is unknown if Stutes will stick with the big-league club this season but he has succeeded at every level and hopes this is just the beginning of a long professional career.