BY SCOTT MORGANROTH
As football training camp opens this week in preparation for the season opener on August 31 against Wagner College, there is one unexpected but positive story line that occurred on Friday, August 3.
Former FAU Pitcher Mickey Storey was called up by the Houston Astros and arrived in Atlanta at 6:30 am, taking an overnight trip from Portland, OR, where his AAA team was playing according to MLB.com.
Hours later, the 2008 graduate he was making his big-league debut, retiring the only two batters he faced against the Braves in Atlanta.
The first hitter Storey faced was veteran Dan Uggla, who started at second base for the National League in the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
Through Sundays action, the Astros are 36-73 and 30.5 games back behind National League Central Division leader the Cincinnati Reds, and are the worst team in baseball. The Astros are playing their final year in the Senior Circuit.
Houston will begin play in the American League West in 2013 and will need all the capable pitching it can get as the Astros face the designated hitter.
The right-handed Storey compiled a 7-4 record with a 3.05 ERA this summer for Oklahoma City. He struck out 72 batters in 65 innings and yielded only 14 walks.
At FAU, Storey ranked second all-time in Owls history with 292 strikeouts, is tied for second in wins with 23.
He threw the program’s last no-hitter in 2006 against Campbell University, after being named the 2005 National Freshman of the Year by Collegiate Baseball.
Storey is the seventh FAU baseball player to advance the major leagues. Jeff Beliveau is currently a relief pitcher for the Chicago Cubs (43-63) after being called up from the minor leagues in July.
There are now two players that got called up this summer by struggling teams.
For Storey and Beliveau, these promotions mean they have excellent opportunities.
With no disrespect to September, this is a month where the rosters are expanded to 40 players and is considered “The Cup Of Coffee” to make an impression for Spring Training.
It will be interesting to monitor the careers of Storey and Beliveau in the coming years.
Scott Morganroth can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.