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MSU Alum Now Pitching in Major Leagues

Former Missouri State baseball player Matt Palmer was given the call up to the major leagues Thursday.KSMU’s Ryan Farmer Reports.

Palmer, age 30, was pitching with the triple-A team for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, when he got called up to start for Thursday’s game against the Detroit Tigers. Keith Guttin, head coach of the Missouri State Bears baseball team says that Palmer was always a great athlete.

“He was a very hard worker, dedicated. I think the thing about him is just that he had perseverance, that would be the word that comes to mind. He’s 30 years old. A lot of guys would have given up before this. He did get a few starts last year with the Giants late in the year, and then signed with the Angels as a free agent, but he was a great competitor,” says Guttin.

Palmer got the call to the big leagues after the Angels’ placed their starting pitcher, Darren Oliver, on the disabled list.In his first start with the Angels, Palmer racked up a victory as the Angels went on to beat the Tigers, 10-5.Palmer is originally from Caruthersville, Missouri, in the boot heal.

For KSMU News, I’m Ryan Farmer.