Two days after his contract was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chino Hills-product Kyle Garlick made his Major League Baseball debut Sunday afternoon in the Dodgers’ 6-3 win at Cincinnati.
Garlick, a 2010 Chino Hills High graduate, lined out to left in his only at-bat on a 2-1 pitch, coming into the game as a pinch-hitter for Dodgers’ pitcher Huyn-Jin Ryu, who struck out five and allowed five hits in seven innings to earn the victory.
He was optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday, making room for pitcher Julio Urias. The left-hander was reinstated from administrative leave after his arrest this month on a domestic violence incident. Urias did not face any charges, allowing him to return to the Dodgers.
Garlick, who throws and bats righthanded, wore jersey number 41 with the Dodgers and was brought up to the major league level as a fourth outfielder on a Los Angeles team that is sporting one of the best records in baseball.
The 27-year-old was leading the Dodgers’ Triple-A minor league team this season with 10 home runs and 74 total bases and was among the top three on the team in hits, doubles, RBIs, at-bats, slugging percentage and games played when he was called up to the Dodgers on May 17.
After graduating Chino Hills High in 2010, Garlick played three seasons at the University of Oregon and one season with Cal Poly Pomona. At Cal Poly Pomona, he set a single-season team record with 17 home runs.
He was drafted in the 28th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft and made his pro debut with the AZL Dodgers in June 2015. Garlick was sent to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Aug. 28, 2015 and has played for the Dodgers’ minor league teams in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Midland, Michigan and Ogden, Utah.
In 418 minor league games in his career, Garlick has 78 home runs in 1,525 at bats. He hit .283 with 431 hits, scored 257 runs and knocked in 241 runs.
He also recorded a slugging percentage of .519, and on-base percentage of .341, has been walked 115 times and struck out 452 times.