Brooks Kriske, a Palm Desert graduate and Major League baseball player, traded his Yankees stripes for the orange and black of the Baltimore Orioles.
The Yankees selected Kriske for an assignment on Tuesday, and he was picked up from waivers by the Orioles on Thursday.
Kriske, a right-handed relief pitcher, was sent to the Orioles’ Triple A team, the Norfolk Tides, where he pitched a game. He was then called up in major by the Orioles on Sunday.
So after starting the week with the Yankees’ Triple A team, Kriske ended the week with the Baltimore Orioles Major League team. This is the life of a professional athlete.
He was available but didn’t pitch for the Orioles on Sunday against the Red Sox. Baltimore, which has 13 games to play this season, begins a streak in Philadelphia on Monday.
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Kriske joining the Orioles is a complete moment, as he’s named after Baltimore Orioles legend Brooks Robinson.
Kriske made his Major League debut with the Yankees last season, coincidentally against the Orioles, and pitched 12 games for the Bronx Bombers. He pitched 11.1 innings and was 1-1 with a 15.09 ERA. He struck out 15 batters and walked 13.
He’s had a busy summer as a Yankee. He was on the roster for the famous Field of Dreams game in Iowa, so he got to experience that historic moment. He claimed his first Major League victory on July 21 against the Phillies throwing a scoreless 10th inning. However, he set a questionable mark the following night when he threw an MLB record tying four wild shots in one set and suffered the loss to the Red Sox.
Major Desert Leagues
Here are the six Coachella Valley high school students to have played in the major leagues (in order of number of games played):
Taylor Ward (157 games): Shadow Hills graduate, outfielder with the Angels 2018-2021
Chris Clapinski (70 games): Palm Desert graduate, infielder with the Marlins 1999-2000
Tony Perezchica (69 games): Palm Springs graduate, infielder with Giants and Indians 1988-1992
Brooks Kriske (12 games): Palm Desert graduate, pitcher with the 2020-21 Yankees, currently on the Orioles
Anthony Claggett (3 games): Palm Springs graduate, pitcher with Yankees and Pirates in 2009
Tyson Miller (2 games): Shadow Hills graduate, pitcher with the 2020 Cubs, currently in the Rangers organization