Article by Lorenzo Serrato, Sports Editor
On Monday September 13th, Former Aquinas pitcher and 2014 graduate Kaleb Ort made his Major League debut for the Boston Red Sox. Ort is the third player in program history to appear in a Major League game, joining fellow Saints Dave Gumpert and Paul Assenmacher.
With several years of professional experience, the Lowell Michigan native never gave up on his dream. Prior to his current stint with the Red Sox, Ort was playing Independent league baseball, before signing a contract with the New York Yankees. In 2020, Ort was selected by the Red Sox in the Rule 5 Draft.
Ort pitched well for the Triple-A Worcester Red Sox, with 3.05 ERA in 44.1 innings of work this season.
His stellar performance at the Triple-A level was good enough for a call-up to the big league roster. In his debut against Seattle, Ort successfully recorded an out, inducing a fly-out off the bat of Mariners catcher Luis Torrens.
Ort’s career at Aquinas is also worth noting, as the right-hander appeared in 34 games, 26 of them as a starter. His career totals as a Saint concluded with a 3.71 ERA, with 173 strikeouts in 172.1 innings of work.
His professional journey serves as an example that dreams certainly do come true. The 29-year-old has not only overcame all odds, but has set an example for many athletes here at Aquinas.