Congratulations, Sean Halton
Sean Halton became the seventh Timber Rattler alum to make his major league debut in 2013.
Halton, who was called up to Milwaukee from Nashville after Wednesday night’s game, got into Thursday’s game as a pinch hitter.
“It was an unbelievable experience,” Halton said after the Brewers’ 7-2 loss to the Cubs. “Just one of those moments you dream about. I wish it could have come in a win.”
Halton took the roster spot of Scooter Gennett, who was optioned to Nashville following Wednesday’s 5-4 loss. Halton was the seventh player to make his Major League debut for the Brewers this season, and when Johnny Hellweg starts Friday in Pittsburgh, he will be the eighth.
The two join Khris Davis, Josh Prince, Hiram Burgos, Donovan Hand, Caleb Gindl and Gennett on that list.
Halton said he was given the ball he hit between a diving Luis Valbuena and Starlin Castro off Cubs starter Matt Garza. He also said he will keep the lineup card.
“Every kid grows up wanting to fulfill their dreams and mine was to be a baseball player,” Halton said. “Today’s that day for me.”
Halton hit .288 with nine home runs and 35 RBIs in 66 games at Nashville this year. He was drafted by the Brewers in the 13th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho).
Halton was the Opening Day first baseman for the Timber Rattlers in 2010. But, he was not with the team long. Halton appeared in 23 games and hit .221/.269/.269 with no homers, four doubles, and eleven RBI as a Timber Rattler before being sent up to Brevard County.
He never returned to the team.
Now, he’s up with the Brewers.
The other six Timber Rattlers to reach the Major Leagues for the first time this season are:
Khris Davis – April 1 with Milwaukee
Josh Prince – April 6 with Milwaukee
Hiram Burgos – April 20 with Milwaukee
Caleb Thielbar – May 20 with Minnesota
Scooter Gennett – June 3 with Milwaukee
JC Ramirez – June 23 with Philadelphia