Aug. 3, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - Another former Florida Atlantic University baseball pitcher has realized his dreams to play in the major leagues, with Mickey Storey being called up to the Houston Astros on Friday, August 3.
And, it didn't take long for the 2008 graduate to make his big-league debut, retiring the only two batters he faced later that night against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta. The first batter was veteran Dan Uggla, who started at second base for the National League in the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
"I am so happy for Mickey and his family," said John McCormack, FAU's head baseball coach. "It has been a long journey and he has persevered to realize his dream. I am very proud for him."
Storey, a right hander, earned the promotion after compiling a 7-4 record and a 3.05 earned run average this summer for the Astros' Class AAA affiliate in Oklahoma City. He had struck out 72 batters in 65 innings and issued just 14 walks.
"He's been one of the best relievers they've had," Houston Manager Brad Mills told MLB.com about Storey's performances at Oklahoma City. "It's kind of exciting to be able to reward somebody like that, that's throwing the ball well and getting a chance at the big leagues."
Mastering the strike zone with multiple pitches has been a key to Storey's pitching success.
"(I) keep the ball in the zone; don't throw very hard," the former Owls standout told MLB.com. "(I) go after guys the best I can and get a good mix in."
Storey concluded his FAU career ranking second in program history with 292 strikeouts, and is tied for second with 23 career pitching victories. He threw the program's last no-hitter in 2006 against Campbell University after being named the 2005 National Freshman of the Year by Collegiate Baseball.
Storey's path to the major leagues featured a cross-country, overnight trip from Portland, Ore., where Oklahoma City was playing in the Pacific Coast League. He arrived in Atlanta around 5:30 a.m. CT, according to MLB.com.
Storey is the seventh former Florida Atlantic baseball player to advance to the major league level. Jeff Beliveau is currently a relief pitcher for the Chicago Cubs after being called up from the minor leagues in July. Other former players to make it to the majors include: Tim Harikkala (Mariners 1995-96; Red Sox 1999; Rockies 2004, 2007; Athletics 2005), Carmen Cali (Cardinals 2004-05; Twins 2007), Tommy Murphy (Angels 2006-07), Jeff Fiorentio (Orioles 2005-06, 2009; Athletics 2008) and Mike Crotta (Pirates 2011).