Alex Call got the call he’s been waiting for Monday, July 11.
Call, a 2013 River Falls High School graduate, made his Major League Baseball debut with the Cleveland Guardians against the Chicago White Sox Monday night after being promoted from the Guardians’ Triple-A affiliate Columbus Clippers earlier in the day.
Call entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning and lined out to center field before remaining in the game in right field in the Guardians’ 8-4 win over the White Sox.
Call made his first major league start in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday against the White Sox in center field and went 0-for-2 with a walk in a 7-0 loss.
The 27 year-old Call was a three-sport star at River Falls High School from 2010-13, earning four varsity letters in baseball, two in basketball and two in football. He was a four-time All-Big Rivers Conference baseball player and two-time all-state honoree.
After graduation Ball attended Ball State University, where he graduated in three years after being named a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American and MAC Player of Year in 2016. He was selected by the White Sox in the third round of the 2016 MLB draft and was traded to Cleveland in 2018 for former All-Star Yonder Alonso.
Call played the 2019 season at Double A Akron, and after the minor leagues were canceled by the pandemic in 2020, he returned to the RubberDucks where he hit .310 in 43 games to earn a promotion to Triple A Columbus.
In 68 games with Columbus this season, Call was hitting .283 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI before his Monday promotion to Cleveland.
Call is the second player from River Falls to play major league baseball, joining former Wildcat teammate JP Feyereisen. Feyereisen made his MLB debut in 2020 with the Milwaukee Brewers and is currently a second-year pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays.