The major-league debuts of a pair of former New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Monday night had a somewhat historic twist.
Right-handed pitcher Sean Reid-Foley, who played for the Fisher Cats in 2017 and earlier this season, and catcher Danny Jansen, a 2017 alum, became the first American League battery since 1967 to make their major-league debut in the same game when they took the field in Kansas City against the Royals.
The 23-year-old Jansen singled through the left side in his first at-bat in the top of the second inning, then singled in the eighth on a slow roller down the third-base line, Jansen, the Blue Jays’ No. 3 prospect, finished 2-for-3 and also threw out a runner trying to steal second.
“When I got in the box, I was just trying to breathe and put a barrel on the ball,” Jansen told mlb.com of his first hit. “That’s what happened, just found a hole. I couldn’t believe it at first as I was rounding first base.”
Reid-Foley, 22, went five innings, surrendering three runs (all earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out three. He threw 97 pitches.
The Blue Jays called Jansen and Reid-Foley up from Buffalo on Saturday.
Reid-Foley was promoted from New Hampshire to Triple-A Buffalo Bisons in late May. He was 7-4 with a 3.50 ERA in 15 starts in Triple-A.
Jansen was one of two players to represent the Blue Jays at the Futures Game during the all-star break, clubbing a two-run home run for Team USA. He was hitting .275 with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs over 88 games for Buffalo.