Jeff Niemann finally makes his major league debut after what has been along time coming for Ray’s fans.
Niemann is a giant right hander who measures 6' 9" and a healthy 280 pounds.
Although it took an injury to Matt Graza for Niemann to get that call up it’s fine with the fans. Niemann was the Ray’s first round pick and the fourth overall in 2004.
He was one of the big three on the 2004 Rice National Championship team as well.
Niemann’s first start was April 14th against the Baltimore Orioles. He got the win over a six inning performance. Giving up only six hits and one run - a Nick Markakis homerun in the sixth inning.
In a turn of irony, Niemann got his first strikeout and gave up his first homerun to the same player; Nick Markakis.
Other than that, it was a great performance for the Rays rookie.
He finished the game with 5 strike outs and only 1 walk. A great start to what looks to be a very promising career.
On a side note: with this good performance from Niemann, I hope the Rays learn their great farm system can be used to help them win now.
Wade Davis (P), Jeremy Hellickson (P), Reid Brignac (ss), and Wade Townsend (P) could help fill the starting staff and bring depth to the club.