After more than a month break from game action, Urckfitz showed no signs of rust. The third-year pro came on in the fifth inning with his team trailing 5-1 and retired the three batters he faced. The southpaw threw 18 pitches (10 strikes) fanning one.
The Braves chose Brownsten in the 15th round with the 464th pick of the draft and sent the back stop to the Rookie Gulf Coast League. Like every other stop along the way, Brownsten proved himself worthy. This time he needed to show a little patience.
Urckfitz went to the mound Thursday night like he has so many times in the past. This outing, Urckfitz led the Hooks against the Frisco RoughRiders in Texas League action at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas. The left-hander threw 85 pitches (55 for strikes) over five innings in his first start in Double-A.
Pat Urckfitz has known his share of roles as a pitcher in the Houston Astros’ organization. When first signed as a free agent, the native of Penfield, New York worked as a set-up man. Eventually, the former Webster Yankee closed games in the Class A South Atlantic League.
Among those called included the names of two former Webster Yankees. Add to that one free agent signing and the Webster organization, in just its fifth year of business, has established itself as a proving ground for future professionals. In all, five Webster alums have received a draft day call, and seven former players currently earn paychecks from baseball.
After finishing the season 38-18, Brownsten and his University of Pittsburgh Panther teammates fell short of earning an automatic berth to the Regionals of College World Series. The Panthers will have to wait and see if their resume is enough to earn an at-large bid and keep heir season alive.