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Former Coyote called up to Majors

Former Weatherford College pitcher Ryan Brasier made his return to the big leagues Sunday, as the Boston Red Sox called him up from Triple-A.

7 8 18 Brasier Red Sox jerseyThe 30-year-old right-handed reliever is making his return after Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in 2014. According to fangraphs.com, his return from Tommy John after 49 months is the fifth longest in baseball history.

Brasier has been excellent for Boston’s Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket, Rhode Island this season, posting a 1.34 ERA with 40 strikeouts and eight walks in 40 1/3 innings. He held the opposition to a .215 batting average and converted 13 of 14 saves.

He received the call from Red Sox management Saturday night, grabbed a 7 a.m. flight from Boston to Kansas City and suited up at Kaufman Stadium against the Royals.

The Wichita Falls native played at WC in his freshman year, 2006-07, before being drafted by the Angels in the sixth round.

He made his major league debut in 2013 for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. After a stint in the Oakland A’s minor league system and a season in Japan with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, Brasier received a spring training invite from Boston.

“I am excited for Ryan and his family,” said WC head coach Jeff Lightfoot. “It’s such a tough road to make it, and Ryan has stayed the course and continued to work and grind. He was always very talented and with a good work ethic—that’s a winning combination.”

Brasier follows WC alumni German Duran (Texas Rangers) and Jake Arrieta (Orioles/Cubs/Phillies) into the major leagues.