DeMatha grad to pitch for Toronto
Blue Jays call up former Stags' left-hander Brett Cecil; First start set for Tuesday
In his third season of professional baseball, DeMatha High School graduate Brett Cecil is headed to the big leagues.
The Toronto Blue Jays announced Friday morning that they are bringing the 22-year-old left-handed pitcher up from their Class AAA affiliate in Las Vegas. Cecil is due to make his major league debut on Tuesday night when he'll start against the Cleveland Indians.
After graduating from DeMatha, Cecil went on to pitch at the University of Maryland. The Blue Jays took him with the 38th pick in the 2007 amateur draft. Last season, he advanced through the Blue Jays chain, finishing the season at the Class AAA level. Playing for three different minor league clubs in 2008, Cecil was a combined 8-5 with a 2.88 ERA and struck out 129 in 118 2/3 innings. With Las Vegas this year he has struggled, going 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA, allowing opponents to hit .301 against him.
Cecil was a closer in his career at Maryland, compiling 23 saves in 74 appearances. As a senior at DeMatha in 2004, Cecil struck out 73 in 50 innings and went 6-1 with a 1.59 ERA. He was a two-time Gazette-Star All-County First Team selection and twice was named to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference First Team.