He waited until the 18th game of the season to make his debut, and he made it count.
Limerick's James Stokes retired all three batters he faced in his first ever professional baseball appearance on Thursday evening, closing out the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 11-4 win over the Aberdeen Ironbirds.
The Hill School grad and Elon University sophomore was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft last month. The Indians assigned Stokes to Mahoning Valley, their single-A affiliate in the short season New York - Penn League.
Stokes is the son of Michael Stokes, Assistant Director of the Montgomery County Planning Commission, and Janet Stokes, a former member of the Spring-Ford Area School Board.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers games can be heard online via the live audio stream of WHTX AM in Youngstown, Ohio. The Scrappers three-game series against Aberdeen concludes Friday evening with a 7:05 p.m. game.