Mater Dei grad Hunter Owen called up to majors

Eickhoff, Dunham, Brown also began their seasons in the minors
Updated: May. 5, 2021 at 11:31 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Mater Dei graduate, Hunter Owen, has been called up to the Pittsburgh Pirates major league roster.

He’ll be joining the club in San Diego.

Owen has been in Pittsburgh’s minor league system for some time now.

Last year, he was with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians.

Owen was drafted by the Pirates in the 25th round back in 2016 after a stellar college baseball career at Indiana State University. He spent his first couple of pro years at Pittsburgh’s Class-A level clubs, West Virginia and Bradenton.

In 2019, he got promoted to their Double-A level club, Altoona, and then later that season got promoted again to the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. In 2020, there was no minor league season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This season, Owen spent spring training with the Pirates, but he did not make the team out of camp and was assigned to Indianapolis. The minor league season just began Tuesday night, but Owen never took the field as he had already received the call up to Pittsburgh.

He’ll be in San Diego on Wednesday night when the Pirates take on Yu Darvish and the Padres at 7:10 CST.


Former Mater Dei star, Jerad Eickhoff, is back pitching and healthy again. The 30-year old opened the season in the New York Mets minor league system, with the Triple-A, Syracuse Mets.

Eickhoff had a quality start Tuesday night, pitching six innings and only giving up two earned runs in getting the victory in a 5-2 win over Scranton. Having great command, Eickhoff also added five strikeouts and walked no one.

Eickhoff signed a minor-league deal with the Mets this past offseason after short stints with the Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres minor league systems.

Eickhoff is finally back pitching and healthy again, after battling arm and hand injuries for the last few seasons.

Eickhoff has only had one full season in the majors. In 2016 with the Phillies, he went 11–14 with a 3.65 ERA, gave up 1.92 walks per nine innings pitched (4th in the National League), had 20 quality starts (tied for 6th), struck out 167 batters in 197.1 innings (8th), and had a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.976 (9th). Since then, he’s either only pitched partial seasons, or not pitched at all in the majors.

He was with Philly from 2015-2019 after being acquired in a trade with the Rangers, who drafted him back in 2011 in the 15th round out of Olney Central College.


Reitz grad, Elijah Dunham, made his professional baseball debut Tuesday night with the Tampa Tarpons, the minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees.

Dunham went 1-for-5, with a run scored and two stolen bases in the Tarpons’ 11-7 win over Dunedin. Tampa is the Yankees’ Class-A minor league affiliate.

Dunham was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Pinstripes in 2020. He was previously drafted in 2019 by the Pirates, but he opted to return to play one more season at Indiana, where he starred in college.


Mount Vernon grad, Logan Brown, made his season debut with the Atlanta Braves’ High-A affiliate, the Rome Braves, Tuesday night and went 2-for-5 with an RBI and run scored.

Brown is back with Rome this season after spending last year on the Braves’ COVID-19 emergency taxi squad. In 2019, he split the season between the Florida Fire Frogs and Rome Braves.

Brown is a USI grad and was drafted by the Braves in the 35th round back in 2018.

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