Verlander To Make Major League Debut Monday

July 02, 2005
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

July 2, 2005

DETROIT, MI.--Former Old Dominion University pitching standout Justin Verlander (Goochland, VA.) will make his major league debut for the Detroit Tigers on Monday against the Cleveland Indians in game two of the day-night Doubleheader.

Verlander has also been selected to pitch in the Futures All-Star game on Sunday, July 10 in Comerica Park in Detroit.

Verlander was 8-2 for Lakeland in the Florida State League and was selected to the league All-Star game. He compiled a 1.71 earned run average with 95 strikeouts, only 12 walks in 79 innings on 12 starts. He was promoted to the AA Erie Seawolves where he threw a shutout in his first outing, and has not allowed a run in 15 innings of work. He has 18 strikeouts and only three walks.

"I was pretty excited and surprised" said Verlander, the all-time strikeout king in ODU, CAA and Virginia Div. I baseball history with 427 in 335.2 innings. (11.5 career strikeout per game average). "Honestly, I think it's a great honor that they would call me up in this situation. I hope I do well for the squad. I just can't wait for Monday to get here."

Verlander will become the second player in last year's draft to play in the Major Leagues. He was the second overall selection.


Former consensus All-American infielder Tim Hummel (Montgomery, NY.) was acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals from the Boston Red Sox on June 24th. Hummel was playing in AAA Pawtucket. He will now play for AAA Memphis Red Birds of the Pacific Coast League.