Not such a Dull debut: A’s rookie throws impressive scoreless inning
One of the young players the Oakland Athletics called up on September 1 was Ryan Dull, a 32nd-round pick by the A’s in 2012 who dazzled in the minor leagues this season.
Congrats to Ryan Dull, who is making his Major League debut. Welcome, young man.
— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) September 2, 2015
Yep, here comes the small, slight and very young-looking Ryan Dull. Ladendorf said: "When I first saw him, I was like, ‘Who’s this kid?’ "
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) September 2, 2015
With the A’s on the wrong end of a 6-1 score at the hands of the visiting Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night, manager Bob Melvin inserted Dull into the game in the eighth inning, and the kid responded with a scoreless frame of work.
Later, as quoted by MLB.com’s Jane Lee, Melvin commended Dull’s seeming nonchalance on the mound, as well as his youthful demeanor: "Looks like someone’s 12-year-old kid out there and didn’t seem to be affected by any nerves. Used all of his pitches, low-90s fastball with some movement, looked like some sliders to the righties, some changeups to the lefties and knew where it was going. Impressive start for him."
I hope Ryan Dull has a players ID card…lets just say he has a boyish look about him…with a swing and miss slider making his MLB debut
— Vince Cotroneo (@vincebaseball) September 2, 2015
Dull expressed excitement about finally making his MLB debut: "It was exactly how I thought it would be, just going out there and getting to experience what everyone as a kid dreamed of," Dull told Lee. "Little bit nervous, but after my first couple of pitches under my belt, I was able to relax."
He also told Lee that his phone ‘hasn’t stopped buzzing all day’, as it’s obvious the experience was a momentous one for his family and friends.