Alamedan Roughed Up in Major League Debut

Alamedan Roughed Up in Major League Debut

Alameda High School (AHS) alum, Bryan Woo, made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut against the Texas Rangers on Saturday, June 3, on the road in Arlington, Tex.

The right-hander was thrown into the fire in his first start against a Rangers team that sits atop the American League West division. Woo’s debut did not go as he hoped. He gave up six runs in two innings before he was relieved.

Woo, 23, gave up a double to former Oakland Athletics Marcus Semien on his first career pitch. On his second pitch he gave up a single up the middle to Corey Seager that drove in Semien. Two more runs would score before he struck out Mitch Garver to end the inning — his third strikeout of the inning. Seager drove in two more runs in the second inning, followed by an RBI single from Nathaniel Lowe that drove in Seager. Woo ended the inning by getting the next two batters out. He did not return for the third inning. In his debut, Woo allowed seven hits, but did strike out four batters. The Rangers went on to defeat the Mariners, 16-6, in the contest.

Woo told reporters after the game, via Associated Press, that he left too many pitches in the middle of the zone, but he was pleased to get a couple of those strikeouts.

"Obviously not an ideal first day, but grateful nonetheless to achieve a lifelong dream," wrote Woo on his Instagram page.

The Mariners took Woo in the sixth round of the 2021 MLB amateur draft. Woo, who graduated from AHS in 2018, was called up to the Mariners’ MLB team to fill in for starting pitcher Marco Gonzales who was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The former Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student-athlete did not meet up with the team until the day before the game on Saturday. Before being called up to the Major League, Woo was pitching for the Mariners' Class AA affiliates, the Arkansas Travelers. He went 3-2 in nine starts with a 2.05 ERA. Woo struck out 59 batters while walking just 12 batters in 44 innings. He was named the Mariners' Minor League pitcher of the month in April and May.

As a high school senior, Woo helped lead the Hornet baseball team to a North Coast Section Div. II championship in 2018.