St. Louis, MO – Over a year after a baseball to the temple nearly killed him, a former Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University pitcher has a dream major league debut.
26-year-old Daniel Poncedeleon held the Cincinnati Reds hitless through 7 innings pitched, taking the no-decision in a 2-1 loss for the St. Louis Cardinals.
14 months ago, @_ponce14 was hit in the head by a line drive.
Today, he made his MLB debut.
Never give up. pic.twitter.com/ybpaotfS6C
— MLB (@MLB) July 24, 2018
Originally called up last month from AAA Memphis by the Cardinals but not used in a game, Poncedeleon becomes the first pitcher since 1892 to not allow a hit in his first Major League Baseball appearance.
His performance last night comes after he nearly died last year from an injury during a minor league baseball game.
Poncedeleon took a baseball to the head, needing emergency surgery and months of rehabilitation before returning to the mound this year.