Former Chinooks pitcher makes Major League Baseball debut

Monday, July 22, 2019 - 13:28
  • Conner Menez is a former pitcher for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks Alaska Baseball League team. Menez made his Major League Baseball debut on Sunday, July 21, 2019 for the San Francisco Giants. (Major League Baseball photo)

Former Chinook pitcher Conner Menez, who played in Chugiak-Eagle River during the 2015 Alaska Baseball League season, made his Major League Baseball debut Sunday for the San Francisco Giants.

The 24-year-old from The Masters College allowed two runs on three hits over five innings in the Giants’ 3-2 extra-inning win. He received a large ovation at Lee Jordan Field Sunday when public address announcer Dave Stroh announced Menez’s milestone start.

Menez was an All-Alaska Team member during his one season in Chugiak, going 3-2 with a 1.89 ERA in 10 starts. The 6-foot-3 lefty from Hollister, California struck out 47 batters in 57 innings that summer while giving up 40 hits and walking 18 batters.

Menez was called up to the majors after going a combined 5-3 in 17 starts between AA Richmond and AAA Sacramento this season.

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