On any given day in Major League Baseball a player with San Diego connections is on a team roster. But Tuesday might be special…even historic.
Steven Brault of the Pittsburgh Pirates, A.J. Griffin of the Texas Rangers and Joe Musgrove of the Houston Astros are all scheduled to start for their respective teams. And they all went to Grossmont High School in El Cajon.
As far as our research shows, this could be the first time in MLB history that three guys from the same high school will start on the same day.
Brault is scheduled to face Matt Garza and the Brewers in Milwaukee. He’s 0-3 with an ERA of 3.90 in six starts. The 24-year-old lefty made his MLB debut July fifth in St. Louis. He’s pitched 27.2 innings and recorded 22 strikeouts in his young career.
The San Diego native was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 11th round of the 2013 draft out of Regis University in Colorado.
Fellow GHS Foothiller A.J. Griffin is scheduled to take the bump in Arlington against Daniel Wright when the Rangers host the Angels. The 28-year-old right-hander is 7-4 with and ERA of 4.78 in 21 games with Texas this season.
Griffin went to the University of San Diego and was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 34th round in 2009 but didn’t sign. The following year he signed with the Oakland Athletics after they took him in the 13th round. Griffin made his MLB debut with the A’s on June 24th, 2012 against the San Francisco Giants. He’d finish his rookie campaign with a 7-1 record and 3.06 ERA and pitched against the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS going 5.0 innings and giving up two-runs on his way to a no-decision.
Joe Musgrove rounds out the El Cajon trio slated to start Tuesday. He’s facing off against Sean Manaea of the A’s in Oakland. Musgrove made his MLB debut August 2nd this year in a relief appearance against the Toronto Blue Jays, striking out eight over 4.1 innings and allowing only one hit. After that the right-hander was moved into the starting rotation. He’s 3-4 with a 4.71 ERA and 47 strikeouts through nine games.
The 23-year old was drafted out of Grossmont High by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round of the 2011 draft.
Whether you’re a fan of the Pirates, Astros or Rangers or not, it’s pretty awesome that out of the 15 MLB games on the docket for Tuesday, three of them will be started by guys who went to the same high school right here in San Diego.