2018 Major League Debuts

by DarkSide830 - 142 cards (Last updated on Jul. 22, 2018)

1. 2018 Topps #700 Shohei Ohtani

3/29 LAA: 1-5
4/1 LAA: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 ER, 6 K (W)

A consensus Top-2 prospect for the 2018 season, Ohtani made things look easy by roping a single on the first pitch he saw stateside, helping his club to a two-run second on Opening Day. Debuting on the mound in the final game of the series, Ohtani threw six innings to earn the victory and a series win for the Angels. He later won AL ROM plaudits for April.

2. 2018 Topps Now #271 Yairo Munoz

3/29 STL: 0-1

A strong spring (highlighted by a two-homer inning) earned Muñoz a spot on the Cardinals OD roster. He picked up his first hit in his third at-bat, then slashed .424/.457/.636, following a recall, in May. Yairo finished off the month with a six-game hit streak.

3. 2018 Topps Now #232 Jordan Hicks

3/29 STL: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 1 K

The youngest player to debut on the season until Gleyber Torres in late April, the flame-throwing Hicks needed all of eight pitches to retire his three batters faced.

4. 2018 Bowman - Prospect Autographs #PA-BK Brad Keller

3/29 KC: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 1 K

Keller, a Rule-5 pick, rattled off scoreless appearances in his first four outings, and posted a 2.01 mark through 21 appearances leading up to his first start on May 30th. Through his first three starts, he posted a 2.84 ERA.

5. 2007 BBM Orix Buffaloes #Bs097 Yoshihisa Hirano

3/29 ARI: .1 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 1 K

An eleven-year NPB veteran with 143 saves in his last five, Hirano took over 7th inning duties for Arizona on Apr 22nd and recorded holds in his first four outings in that capacity starting with that appearance, wedging his second career win in the middle. He has not allowed a run since May 5th.

6. 2017 Grandstand San Antonio Missions #NNO Adam Cimber

3/29 SD: 1 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 ER, 1 K

Following a stellar spring, Cimber made San Diego's Opening Day roster and posted a 2.33 ERA in April.

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7. 2017 Grandstand Northwest Arkansas Naturals #NNO Tim Hill

3/29 KC: .1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 1 ER, 0 K

8. 2018 Topps #409 Scott Kingery

3/30 PHI : 2-5

It was said that there was no way he would make the roster, but after an incredible spring (.411/.441/.786) Kingery was extended and his path was cleared. He would not disappoint, picking up four hits in his first two games.

9. 2015 BBM #452 Kazuhisa Makita

3/30 SD: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, 0 K

Once a strong starter in Japan, Makita unlocked something truly special upon becoming a full-time reliever in 2016. Makita brought his act to the Padres' back-end this year where he secured three two-strikeout performances the five appearances between April 16th and April 24th.

10. 2017 Choice Trenton Thunder #22 Billy McKinney

3/30 NYY: 1-4

Billy's major league career did not start in the most wonderful manner for him. After singling in his debut, McKinney went down with an AC sprain in his left shoulder and landed on the DL before batting in his second.



May. 5, 2018 - 8:54AM

Wow, impressive list! I never realized how many debuts have occurred this early in the season. I suspect you'll have your hands full when September roster expansion hits!

May. 5, 2018 - 3:25PM

Yep. Took me as long as it did to get all the debuts so far in, should hopefully have the time then.

May. 15, 2018 - 7:43AM

Good for Hess. Might keep him up to fill in for Mr. 10.49 ERA Chris Tillman.

May. 15, 2018 - 10:23AM

With the way the rest of the Orioles rotation has pitched, he will probably be back up in due time.

Jun. 2, 2018 - 8:06PM

Really cool list! The White Sox should have quite a few more added to this list before the season is over including Jimenez and Kopech. GO WHITE SOX!

Jun. 2, 2018 - 8:14PM

Yes, can't wait to add both of them. If they are still eligable, they should be ROY favorites in 2019.

Jun. 10, 2018 - 6:41AM

Great list -- awesome job!  Maybe include which MLB team the player debuted for in each write-up, as it's not always evident via the minor league card. Just a minor suggestion for a terrific overall project. Thanks for sharing it!

Jun. 11, 2018 - 2:56PM

Yeah, was figuring on adding debut team/current team. Your wish is my command!

Jun. 11, 2018 - 9:01PM

That’s my dude, Austin. Played 6 years in the minors before he got the call. Hope Garabez Rosa is next.

Jun. 16, 2018 - 11:28PM

Excellent list!

Jun. 17, 2018 - 6:19AM

Thanks! Appreciate the compliment.

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