May 6, 2007
Former Washington star Tim Lincecum will make his Major League debut tonight when he starts on the mound for the San Francisco Giants against Philadelphia. The game will air live nationwide on ESPN.
Lincecum, a three-year letterwinner from Liberty High in Renton, becomes the 16th Husky to make it to the big leagues. He'll join former UW outfielder Todd Linden on the Giants roster while Sean White is currently pitching for the Mariners.
The 2006 Golden Spikes Award winner, Lincecum has been posting tremendous stats in AAA ball this spring. In five starts with Fresno, he went 4-0 with a 0.29 earned run average. He struck out 46 batters in 31 innings and opponents were batting only .119 against him.
In his brief minor league career, at Fresno, Salem-Keizer (Ore.) and San Jose, he threw a combined 62 and two-thirds innings, allowing just 23 walks and 26 hits while striking out 104. He was 6-0 with a 0.99 ERA in all minor league appearances.
Last year at the UW, Lincecum won his second Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year award when he went 12-4 with a 1.94 ERA. He broke the Husky single-season records for wins (12) and strikeouts (199) and also left as the Pac-10's all-time strikeout leader with 491 in his career. In three seasons on Montlake, he posted the top three strikeout seasons in Husky history, leading the nation as a junior and finishing second in the NCAA as a freshman.
Lincecum was called up to the Giants to replace Russ Ortiz in the rotation. Ortiz was placed on the disabled list earlier this week. He will go against the Phillies Cole Hamels in tonights game.