Austin Bibens-Dirkx

Position: RHP
Born: 04/29/85
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 200
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent on June 17, 2016 (TEX). Originally drafted by the Mariners in the 16th round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft (SEA).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
0-2 with a 3.04 ERA in six games at Round Rock (Triple-A), three of them starts, striking out 20 while walking seven and allowing 22 hits in 23 2/3 innings.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Round Rock on May 7 when LHP Dario Alvarez was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 05/17/17

Debut Details
May 17, in a 9-3 win over the Phillies. The last of three pitchers, he allowed one run on one hit in one inning, striking out one batter. Coming on to start the top of the ninth inning in relief of right-handed reliever Tony Barnette, he hit Aaron Altherr with a pitch before striking out Tommy Joseph swinging. After Michael Saunders popped out to foul territory behind first base, Maikel Franco delivered a soft line-drive RBI single to center field to score Altherr. Daniel Nava then lined out to first base to end the inning.

Player Notes
It took 11 days before Bibens-Dirkx actually made it into a game after his May 7 callup but that was a short wait in comparison to the time he spent waiting for said callup. Finally making it to the big leagues at 32 years old, with his sixth organization (Mariners, Cubs, Rockies, Nationals, Blue Jays and Rangers), Bibens-Dirkx's name may be familiar because of his many appearances in the once-annual Moniker Madness brackets on than anything, because, hey, that is one hell of a great name, but he's got a great story so PLEASE read the Fun Fact in the intro to learn more about his off-field talents!. Signed with the Rangers as a free agent in June of 2016, he re-declared free agency that offseason, but re-upped with Texas December 16 of the same year and his faith and their faith were both rewarded with this milestone. In 2016, he was 3-2 with a 4.34 ERA in 17 games, 13 of them starts, at Round Rock, fanning 62 and walking 25 in 85 innings. He'd spent the prior three summers in the Blue Jays' farm system, working his way from Dunedin (High A) to Buffalo (Triple-A).