April 26, 2008
Former Washington baseball player Brent Lillibridge will make his Major League debut today as the Braves' shortstop as Atlanta takes on the New York Mets at Shea Stadium. Lillibridge is in the starting lineup as the No. 8 hitter.
Lillibridge, a graduate of Jackson High in Mill Creek, Wash., will become the 16th former Husky to play in the big leagues, and the seventh who played under current UW head coach Ken Knutson.
Drafted by the Pirates in the fourth round of the 2005 draft and subsequently traded to the Braves, Lillibridge was a three-year starter for the Huskies, earning first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2003, 2004 and 2005. A career .342 hitter, he still ranks fourth on the UW career home runs list with 32.
Lillibridge was one of the last players cut from the Braves roster at the end of spring training and had been playing for Richmond (Va.) in the AAA International League prior to his call-up.