Royal High Graduate Matt Magill Makes First Start Tonight, Fife Heads To DL
By Scott Andes
The Dodger injury curse continued this afternoon. This time it engulfed Stephen Fife into its hellish grasp. Stephen Fife was placed on the DL today with shoulder bursitis. The DL stint is retroactive to April 22. The Dodgers called up right hander Matt Magill to take his place and start tonight in the second game of this three game series against Milwaukee.
The coolest thing about this is that Matt Magill attended and graduated from the same high school as I did. Good old Royal High School in Simi Valley. Magill is a 23 year old Simi Valley native. The Dodgers drafted the right hander in the 31 round of the 2008 draft.
Royal High Graduate Matt Magill makes his MLB debut tonight-Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Magill has spent six seasons in the minors, and has been pitching for Albuquerque this season. In four starts with the Isotopes, Magill has posted no record, and a 2.84 ERA. He also has 23 whiffs, and 14 walks in 19 innings pitched. Last season Magill pitched for Chattanooga, posting an 11-8 record, 3.75 ERA, and 168 whiffs against only 61 walks. He’s limited batters to a .232 batting average against, and posted 2:1 whiff to walk ratios during his minor league career. Magill has impressed the Dodgers recently by putting up impressive strikeout numbers. Because of this he has shot up the depth chart very quickly in the last year or so. The scouting report on Magill says he has a plus fastball in the 92-94 MPH range, and his best pitch is a power slider. Magill is 6’3 and 190 pounds.
Magill will wear number 36 tonight as he makes his Major League debut.