April 2, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn.--Former Yale captain Craig Breslow '02 is back in Major League Baseball. A left-handed relief pitcher, Breslow was signed by the Cleveland Indians out of spring training and made the team's Opening Day roster. Cleveland is his third MLB. Breslow has also played for the San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox.
Cleveland claimed Breslow off waivers after he was released by the Red Sox at the end of spring training. Breslow is out of minor league options, so he would've been exposed to waivers again if he didn't make the Indians' roster.
"He's strong," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said on the Indians' website. "I want to be able to use him two innings. He's done that--if you look at his innings pitched the last couple of years versus appearances."
"I am like a proud father," Yale's Mazzuto Family Head Coach John Stuper said. "Craig belongs in the big leagues. He has earned it through his performance in Triple-A the last couple of years. The Indians are a great organization and their pitching coach (Carl Willis) is an old teammate of mine, so I know he's in good hands. I could not be happier for him. He told me that Opening Day (his first) was a surreal experience."
Breslow spent all of 2007 with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. He appeared in 49 games, going 2-3 with a 4.06 ERA. In 68.2 innings pitched, Breslow recorded 73 strikeouts. He was named to the International League All-Star team for the second consecutive season.
He last pitched in the big leagues with Boston in 2006. Breslow became the first former Bulldog since Ron Darling to reach the "show" when he made his debut with San Diego on July 23, 2005. In 27 career appearances, Breslow is 0-2 with a 2.86 ERA. He has struck out 26 in 28.1 innings pitched.
A 2002 Yale graduate with a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, Breslow was the captain of the 2002 Yale baseball team. As a junior, he had a 16-strikeout game against Cornell and a one-hit shutout against Harvard and earned Second Team All-Ivy honors. He had 66 strikeouts in 51.2 innings that season, which ranked 11th in the NCAA.
Report filed by Joe Clifford, Yale Sports Publicity