Former Bulldog Steve Susdorf Called Up to MLB
Steve Susdorf joins Philidelphia Phillies
Steve Susdorf joins Philidelphia Phillies

July 25, 2013

By: Matt Burkholder

PHILADELPHIA- The Philadelphia Phillies announced Thursday that outfielder Steve Susdorf, a former Fresno State baseball player and 2008 national champion, is being called up immediately to the MLB from Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley. Susdorf's promotion makes him the third member from the 2008 Wonderdogs to make it to the big leagues.

Through 70 games with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Susdorf is batting .335 to go along with 12 doubles, one home run and 25 RBIs. Susdorf's rise escalated last season after playing only 33 games with the Double-A Reading Fightin' Phils. He batted just .282 with his new Triple-A team in 84 games in 2012, but he found his groove over the final 23 games of the season, batting .329.

In Susdorf's career since leaving the Bulldogs he has been a steady contributor in the minor leagues, owning a career .304 batting average in six seasons. All his hard work pays off Thursday when he will wear No. 43 for the Philadelphia Phillies against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Susdorf joins pitchers Tanner Scheppers of the Texas Rangers and Justin Wilson of the Pittsburgh Pirates as 2008 national champion Bulldogs in the majors.

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