FSU baseball: Cal Raleigh makes MLB debut with Seattle Mariners

FSU baseball has sent a ton of former players to the Major Leagues and added another one to that number Sunday when Cal Raleigh debuted with the Seattle Mariners.

Cal Raleigh saw his name called in the third round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners.

His three seasons in the minors at varying levels resulted in a .274 batting average, 46 home runs, and 147 RBI’s.

The former Nole had been tearing it up at Triple-A before the call-up, posting a .324 batting average, nine home runs, and 36 RBI’s.

Cal Raleigh made his debut against the Los Angeles Angels but didn’t have the debut he was hoping for Sunday. The Mariners lost the game 7-1, and Raleigh went 0-4 with two strikeouts. However, he had some solid at-bats with some good swings but wasn’t able to square anything up.

Raleigh has always been a solid hitter with a career batting average of .282 with FSU baseball and 32 home runs in 194 games.

Seattle goes into the All-Star break five games over .500 and will return to action against the Angels on Friday, July 16.

Raleigh is one of two former FSU baseball players to make their MLB debut this season. Taylor Walls has his numbered called earlier this year and has been able to make an impact with the Tampa Bay Rays in 33 games.

Ironically, Raleigh made his debut Sunday with FSU’s Buster Posey Award Winner Matheu Nelson, hoping to hear his name called in the 2021 MLB Draft that began on the same day. Nelson got the call with the No. 35 pick in the first round.

He’s probably a little ahead of schedule in terms of making his MLB debut. Here’s to hoping Cal Raleigh can stay in the show, as he’ll have to continue battling other catchers on the roster to stay in the starting lineup.