Less than four years ago, Nick Margevicius was pitching in Staunton for the Braves.
Less than two years ago, he was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 7th round of the draft (out of Rider).
Last year at this time, he was preparing to start his season at Low-A Fort Wayne.
Now he’s a major leaguer.
Called up by the Padres to start the team’s third game of the young major league season, Margevicius took the mound against the San Francisco Giants and turned in a super pro debut. In his five innings, Nick allowed only 3 hits, 1 earned run, 0 walks, and struck out 5. He’s not done, either; his manager has already said that he expects Nick to stay in the rotation for the forseeable future.
Nick is obviously the first former Valley Leaguer to make the majors out of the 2017 draft (there are still none from 2016, and only one from 2015), and the first Staunton Brave to make his debut since Sam Howard (2012) pitched for the Colorado Rockies in June 2018.
Even though Nick hadn’t thrown a regular-season pitch above A-ball until last night, he was really, really good in A-ball. In 2017, after the draft, he was assigned to the Rookie-level Arizona League, and went 1-1, 1.42 in 5 games and 19 innings, with just 4 walks and 30 strikeouts. He then went to Tri-City, in the Northwest League, and went 3-0, 1.24 in 6 games and 29 innings, with 4 walks and 32 strikeouts. He was ATVL’s short-season Pitcher of the Year.
In 2018, he went 5-5, 3.07 at Fort Wayne, while walking 9 and striking out 87 in 76 1/3 innings. (9/87!) He moved up a level to Lake Elsinore, and finished his minor league season at 5-3, 4.30, with 8 walks and 59 K’s in 58 2/3 innings pitched.
So for his minor league career, Nick was 14-9, 3.00, with only 25 walks and 208 strikeouts in 183 innings pitched. Wow!
Congratulations to the young man in making the pinnacle of his profession- much earlier than expected!