Brooks Pounders was a second-round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2009 draft.
The Pirates used him mostly out of the bullpen in his first three seasons of the minors before he was traded to the Royals after the 2011 season. The Royals used him mainly as a starter and he advanced to Class AA when he needed to have Tommy John surgery after the 2013 season.
Pounders pitched in nine games in 2014 as he recovered from the surgery. He missed the first two months of the 2015 season because of an unspecified injury, then made 15 starts during stops at four different minor-league affiliates.
This season, he was moved back to the bullpen and thrived at Class AAA Omaha, earning a call-up to the Royals earlier this month.
Given the tremendously long road Pounders faced to get to the majors, it should be no surprise that there were a few tears shed by his parents when he got the win Thursday in the Royals’ 4-3 win over the Mariners. Video from Fox Sports Kansas City:
Royals fans were touched by the father’s love.