Preston Guilmet's hard work in the minor leagues has finally paid off.
"Just excited to be here," Guilmet said. "Can't wait to help the club out [the] best I can. Really just happy to be here, been working a long time for this. It's cool to finally get to this level and see how things go down the road.
"There's no real word that describes the feeling. It's just a thrill to finally get the opportunity."
Guilmet's definitely proven himself as a good reliever in the minor leagues for the Indians. Never in a season has he had an ERA of higher than 2.39 since switching to the reliever role in 2010.
He was drafted by the Indians in the 9th round of the 2009 draft, and remained a starter in 2009 for Mahoning Valley where he went 6-6 with a 4.09 ERA in just over 70 innings.
Since 2010, he has pitched 205.2 innings, has 86 saves and a record of 9-8 with an ERA of 2.27, advancing one level in the organization each year (2010 Low-A Lake County, 2011 High-A Kinston, 2012 AA Akron, 2013 AAA Columbus)
In college, Guilmet was the Friday starter for most of his four-year career. 2007 was definitely his most successful year, winning 12 games and posting an ERA of just 1.87 and struck out 146 batters, the fourth-most in program history for a single season.
In 2007, he was a Baseball America First Team All-American, PAC-10 Pitcher of the Year, and won the PAC-10 Pitcher of the Week four separate times.
Guilmet holds the record for most games started in Arizona history with 61 and has pitched the most innings with 416.2. He also has thrown the most wild pitches in program history with 52. The next closest are Joe Magrane, Lance Dickson and Kevin Guyette with 32.
I'm glad to see Guilmet get his chance. He did not appear in Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers, so he has yet to officially make his big league debut. But I'm looking forward to seeing him trot out of the pen sometime this week for the Indians.