Kelowna Falcons

Maton MLB Debut

Former Falcons pitcher Phil Maton made his big league debut Sunday for the San Diego Padres at Petco Park against the Kansas City Royals.

“We are extremely happy for him,” says Falcons General Manager Mark Nonis.  “I remember when we first saw Phil throw here at Elks, and thinking he has all the tools to make it, including the right attitude.  It’s a great day for Phil and our organization.”

Maton, who was a Falcon in 2012, joins ex-Falcons Chris Davis (Orioles), James Paxton (Mariners) and Tyler Wagner (Rangers) in the Major Leagues of Baseball.  While these four are in the pros, a host of other former Falcons are working their way up including Brett Nicholas who made his debut last year with the Rangers at Safeco Field.

On Sunday Maton tossed a scoreless inning in the Padres 8-3 defeat.

In the summer of 2012 in Kelowna, he went 2-1 with a save over 11 appearances and 39.1 innings pitched while posting a 2.74 ERA and striking out 42.

The hard throwing right-hander, rated the #18 prospect in the San Diego system by Baseball America, was called up after nine consecutive scoreless appearances at AAA El Paso.

The Falcons will have a day off on Monday, before boarding the bus and making the trip to Cowlitz for a date with the Black Bears Tuesday – Thursday.

Video courtesy of the San Diego Padres twitter feed.

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