It was just another Saturday in late September for most, but September 26th will go down in the history books in Locust Grove, Oklahoma and a memory was made that will last a lifetime for Adrian Houser.
Houser got the call from the bullpen to appear in his first ever major league game at Busch Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals. The first batter he faced was former All-Star outfielder, Jason Heyward. All Heyward was able to manage was a broken bat comebacker. What a memory and start to Houser’s major league career just four years after he was drafted straight out of high school.
The 2011 Major League Baseball draft saw four pitchers taken from the state of Oklahoma in the first and second rounds. The Houston Astros selected Adrian Houser with the 69th overall pick. The other Oklahomans selected were first round picks Archie Bradley, Dylan Bundy and Michael Fulmer. Bundy was the first to make his MLB debut in 2012, Bradley debuted earlier this season, and now, Houser.
Houser, standing 6’4″ tall, grew up in Locust Grove, Oklahoma about 45 minutes east of Tulsa. Locust Grove or “L.G.” as the locals call it, is a small town with under 1,500 residents. L.G. just recently welcomed a Wal-Mart neighborhood market to town.
On July 3rd of this year, Houser returned to Oklahoma to pitch against the Tulsa Drillers as a member of the Corpus Christi Hooks. In front of, what seemed like, the whole town of Locust Grove including his Locust Grove Free Will Baptist Church family, he didn’t disappoint. He went 5 2/3 innings giving up two earned runs while striking out five Drillers. He topped out at 96 MPH that night.
The Brewers assigned Houser to Double-A, Biloxi Shuckers. While with the Shuckers, he started seven games going 4-1 with a 2.92 ERA and a 32-6 strikeout to walk ratio.
On September 22nd, the Brewers purchased the contract of Adrian Houser. His debut came four days later, in front of many friends and family, Houser threw a scoreless bottom of the 8th.
His debut didn’t make the national spotlight but it is one that will not soon be forgotten by Houser or his Locust Grove family.