Former Strasburg Express catcher Tyler Payne made his major league debut for the Chicago Cubs last night, becoming the first Express alum to reach the game’s highest level!

From West Virginia State, Payne was drafted in the 30th round in 2015. He spent most of the 2021 minor league season at Double-A Tennessee, where he hit .231/.291/.363 in 212 at-bats, with 14 doubles and four home runs.

Payne played in Strasburg in both 2013 and 2014. He hit .184/.241/.237 in 76 at-bats in ’13, along with 5-26 in the playoffs. He improved to .336/.390/.516 in 122 at-bats in 2014, with 13 doubles and three home runs, and then went 1-21 in the playoffs.

He was called up a few days ago, and finally saw some major league action last night against St. Louis. He struck out in both of his at-bats, but now he can say forever that he’s a major league baseball player!