By Tia Lynn Ivey
At the age 4, Alan Busenitz picked up his first baseball bat, swinging his heart out for a local Tee-Ball team. Today, 22 years later, Alan has been signed to a Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the Minnesota Twins, as a pitcher.
Alan, who lived in Morgan County as a child, made his debut for the Twins just two weeks and he is still reeling from the experience.
“To make it to the big leagues is definitely a dream come true!” said Alan. “I’m just extremely thankful for the opportunity and hope I can make the most of it.”
According to Alan’s bio, “Busenitz attended Athens Christian School in Athens
and Kennesaw State University, where he played college baseball for the Kennesaw State Owls. The Los Angeles Angels selected him in the 25th round of the 2013 MLB draft. The Angels tried to use Busenitz as a starting pitcher in 2015, but returned to using him as a relief pitcher. In 2016, the Angels promoted Busenitz to the Salt Lake Bees of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. They traded him to the Minnesota Twins with Hector Santiago for Alex Meyer and Ricky Nolasco on August 1, 2016. Busenitz began the 2017 season with the Rochester Red Wings of the Class AAA International League. He had a 1.25 earned run average in his first 291⁄3 innings pitched of the season for Rochester, and the Twins promoted Busenitz to the major leagues on June 17, 2017. He made his MLB debut that day.”
Alan’s journey from Tee-Ball to a Major League’s pitcher’s mound was definitely a “team” effort.
“This isn’t just a dream come true for me, but for my family,” explained Alan. “My parents and brother and sister have sacrificed a lot of time and money for me to play as a kid. My wife has had to sacrifice a lot as well. Once we got married she had to travel a lot, and sometimes with only a few hours notice. Last year alone we put 50,000 miles on our truck. She drove from Little Rock to Salt Lake City. From there, she drove to Chattanooga and from there to Rochester. She has probably had as much as a grind as anyone to keep up and support me playing…It’s tough to put all they have done for me in just one paragraph.”