Two former Midwest League players made their major-league debuts this week.
Mike Clevinger, a former pitcher for the Cedar Rapids Kernels and the Burlington Bees, made his MLB debut Wednesday in a start for the Cleveland Indians. The right-hander gave up four runs on five hits and a walk in 5.1 innings. He struck out five and gave up a homer to Cincinnati Reds rightfielder Jay Bruce (who played for the Dayton Dragons in 2006).
Clevinger did two stints in the Midwest League while he was a Los Angeles Angels farmhand. He made eight starts for the 2012 Kernels, going 1-1 with a 3.73 ERA, 34 strikeouts and 13 walks in 41 innings. He also made five starts for the 2014 Bees, going 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA, 27 strikeouts and five walks in 24 innings.
Tony Kemp, a former second baseman/centerfielder for Quad Cities River Bandits, made his MLB debut Tuesday as a pinch-runner for the Houston Astros. He made his first major-league start a day later, going 2-for-3 with a double, a single and a walk against the Chicago White Sox. He also made an outfield assist.
Kemp played in 27 games for the 2013 River Bandits. He batted .255 with 1 HR, 9 RBI and 4 SB.