Amsterdam Mohawks Hall of Famer Mark Leiter Jr. was called up to the major leagues Tuesday by the Philadelphia Phillies and was in uniform for the team’s game against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
Leiter took the roster spot of outfielder Howie Kendrick, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list.
A 6-foot, 195-pound righthander, Leiter was a 22nd round selection by the Phillies out of the New Jersey Institute of Technology in the 2013 MLB Draft. In his minor league career, Leiter has a record of 27-22 with a 3.38 earned run average. He was promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley this spring and had a 1.69 ERA in 5 1/3 innings over two appearances before earning his call-up.
According to Mohawks president and general manager Brian Spagnola, Leiter texted Mohawks head coach Keith Griffin after being called up. When he was called in by the IronPigs coaching staff during long toss Tuesday, Leiter was worried he was being sent back down to Double-A Reading, but was instead informed there was a limousine waiting for him in the parking lot to take him to New York to join the Phillies.
The son of former MLB pitcher Mark Leiter and the nephew of two-time MLB All-Star and three-time World Series winner Al Leiter, Leiter Jr. is one of the most accomplished pitchers in Mohawks history. Pitching for Amsterdam in 2011 and 2012, the righthander went 7-3 with a 2.27 ERA in 83 innings. His 106 career strikeouts and his 74 strikeouts in 2011 are both franchise records.
Inducted into the Mohawks Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013, Leiter is the second player from Griffin’s tenure in Amsterdam to reach the big leagues, joining 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Luke Maile, who currently plays for the Toronto Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate.
— Staff report