MLB Cowboy Call-Ups: Glover shy of Nationals’ closing role

Nathan Ruiz

Sports blogger




Koda Glover, right-handed pitcher, Washington Nationals

(O’Colly File Photo)

Koda Glover, who spent one season as Oklahoma State’s closer, quickly rose through the Nationals’ system after being their eighth-round selection in the 2015 MLB Draft, making his debut last season, posting a 5.03 ERA in 19 2/3 innings. Glover was a candidate to be Washington’s closer during Spring Training, but lost the job to veteran Blake Treinen.


Andrew Heaney, left-handed pitcher, Los Angeles Angels

Andrew Heaney, the 2012 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, will miss at least the early part of the 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery a year ago. It’s possible he misses the entirety of this season.


Tyler Lyons, left-hander pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals

Recovering from a knee injury, Tyler Lyons began the season on the 10-day disabled list and figures to serve as the Cardinals’ long reliever when he returns.


Jordy Mercer, shortstop, Pittsburgh Pirates

Jordy Mercer will start his sixth season as the Pirates’ shortstop in 2017. Mercer debuted in 2012 and has compiled a career .257 batting average since with 133 hits and 66 runs.



Jason Hursh, right-hander pitcher, Gwinnett Braves (ATL)

After a strong 2016 season that ended with a major-league debut, Jason Hursh was optioned to Triple-A early in Braves camp. A former first-round pick in 2013, Hursh figures to make his way back to Atlanta at some point this season.


Brendan McCurry, right-handed pitcher, Fresno Grizzlies (HOU)

Brendan McCurry seemed like a candidate to break into the majors early in 2017, but he will miss the season’s first 50 games after testing positive for methamphetamine in the offseason. McCurry is OSU’s single-season and career saves leader.



Donnie Walton, infielder, Modesto Nuts (SEA)

(O’Colly File Photo)

A year after helping OSU return to the College World Series, Donnie Walton’s professional career is off and running. Walton spent a year at second for the Cowboys before three years at shortstop; he is primarily playing shortstop for Modesto.

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