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Hart grad Susdorf called up to Phillies

Outfielder reaches Major Leagues after six minor league seasons

Posted: July 25, 2013 4:59 p.m.
Updated: July 25, 2013 4:59 p.m.

Hart High graduate Steve Susdorf was called up to the Major Leagues on Thursday.

 

Hart High graduate Steve Susdorf made his Major League debut Thursday night by pinch-hitting for the Philadelphia Phillies in their 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis.

The 2004 Hart grad grounded into a double play in the seventh inning off St. Louis pitcher Lance Lynn.

However, it was a special day for the 27-year-old, who had spent most of six seasons in the minor leagues.

Susdorf was called up to the Major Leagues for the first time in his professional career Thursday after the Phillies placed All-Star outfielder Domonic Brown on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Susdorf was drafted in the 19th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-year Player Draft out of Fresno State — where he won an NCAA Division I national championship in 2008.

He is a career .304 hitter in 528 career minor league games through six seasons.

Despite his success at the plate (he has batted over .285 in five of six minor league season), the left-handed hitting former Hart Indian was never considered one of the Phillies’ top prospects.

But his 2013 couldn’t be ignored.

He was batting .335 with a home run and 25 RBIs in 70 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season.

Susdorf is the 22nd player who has played for a Santa Clarita Valley high school or college to reach the Major Leagues.

He is the 10th Hart High product, joining Trevor Bauer, Chris Valaika, James Shields, Jerry Owens, Kevin Millar, Andrew Lorraine, Todd Zeile, Bob Walk and Greg Garrett.

“He is the epitome of what it’s all about — hard work, dedication and achievement,” said Hart High head coach Jim Ozella.

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