Former Morehead City Marlin Jerry Vasto made his Major League debut June 10 for the Colorado Rockies. Vasto entered the game in relief during the Rockies 8-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Vasto was drafted in th 24th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Rockies out of Felician College. In 161 career Minor League games, the left-hander accumulated a 3.70 ERA and 227 strikeouts across only 189.2 innings pitched. Most recently, Vasto held a 1.71 ERA at the AAA level in 2018 before his callup having struck out 26 in 21 innings pitched.
The Marlins saw Vasto pitch 12 innings for them during the 2013 season, allowing only two runs for a 1.20 ERA while striking out 10 and holding opponent's to a .205 batting average. Vasto marks the sixth former CPL player to make their major league debut in 2018, and the 115th all-time. His debut also pushes Morehead City's major league alumni total to six all-time.
About Coastal Plain League
The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Heading into its 22nd season in 2018, the CPL features 16 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 114 alums – including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2017 World Series champion, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor – make their Major League debut. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.