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Locals In MLB: Porter Hodge Dazzles In Big League Debut For Chicago Cubs

May 26, 2024, 6:15 PM

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MAY 22: Porter Hodge #37 of the Chicago Cubs delivers a pitch in his MLB debut during the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field on May 22, 2024 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Former Cottonwood HS standout pitcher Porter Hodge was one ball shy of an immaculate inning in his MLB debut against the mighty Atlanta Braves. The Chicago Cubs’ No. 23 prospect gave hope to a beleaguered bullpen with his first two pro appearances.

It took nearly a week for Hodge to debut after getting promoted to Chicago on May 17.

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Hodge needed ten pitches to strike out Ozzie Albies, the 2024 second-leading RBI man Marcell Ozuna, and the 2023 National League home run & RBI leader Matt Olsen. He then struck out St. Louis Cardinals seven-time All-Star slugger Paul Goldschmidt in his second appearance.

His victims have combined for 14 All-Star selections.

2024 MiLB Stats: 12 Games | 1-1 | 4.80 ERA | 15 IP | 26 Ks | 12 BB | 1.67 WHIP

About Porter Hodge

A 13th-round draft pick by Chicago in 2019, Hodge was a two-time state champ at Cottonwood High. He played varsity for four seasons, finishing with a 1.50 ERA in 130.2 innings across 30 games.

Hodge’s pro baseball journey began in the Arizona Complex League, where he threw eight innings across five appearances after being drafted.

After not playing in 2020, Hodge opened 2021 back in Arizona, throwing 29 innings before receiving a promotion to Single-A Myrtle Beach. He finished his first full season with a 5.86 ERA and a 2-3 record in 50.2 innings.

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Hodge methodically climbed through the Cubs minor league system, opening 2022 with Myrtle Beach before a midseason promotion to High-A South Bend. He made 25 appearances in 2022, going 7-5 with a 2.63 ERA and 141 strikeouts in 109.1 innings.

The 6’4 righthander finished 2023 at Double-A Tennessee.

2023 Stats: 6-7 | 5.13 ERA | 80.2 IP | 103 K | 49 BB | 1.401 WHIP

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