By Aaron Cheris
Brent Suter woke up from a dream to realize that his lifelong dream had came true.
Scheduled to get the start for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Thursday night, the southpaw slept in ahead of what he though would be an ordinary game day.
But when he woke up, he would get the news that would change his life.
“I woke up and looked at my phone and I immediately got a Facetime message from [Tim] Dillard and he said, ‘Oh, hey, we finally got you,'” Suter said.
Dillard then passed the phone to Sky Sox manager Rick Sweet, who gave Suter the news every ballplayer wants to hear.
“I’ve been trying to call you a bunch but you’re not pitching for me tonight, you’re pitching in Seattle tomorrow at the big league level,” Sweet said, according to Suter.
Shortly after that, Suter got a call from Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns, who congratulated him on the call up and told him to be himself on the mound.
With that, Suter was a big leaguer, and he is now set to make his Major League debut for the Brewers tonight against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
“To say I was spinning would be an understatement,” Suter said. “It was awesome.”
After Suter got the good news, he called his family, and now the whole Suter clan is en route to Seattle.
Suter then came to Security Service Field for a quick workout and to pack his bags. After hugs from teammates, Suter was on the road to the show.
In order to stay in the show, Suter knows what he needs to do.
“Just be aggressive in the zone, throw strikes, and execute my pitches,” he said. “I’m going to go out there, be myself, and just put the pressure on the hitters to put the ball in play and have fun.”
“What’s been working is he throws strikes,” Sweet said a couple weeks ago. “It’s just that nothing bothers Suter.”
That approach has been a good one for Suter in Colorado Springs this season. His 3.50 ERA currently ranked seventh in the Pacific Coast League at the time of his call-up. Over 110.2 innings this season, Suter has struck out 75 batters and walked just 14.
“One thing I need is to be myself and be aggressive,” he said. “Another thing is I just need to show consistency, that’s the big thing.”
Once he arrives in Seattle, Suter will be surrounded by former Sky Sox teammates with Milwaukee, which will be a key when Suter makes his debut.
“I may be throwing to Manny Pina, who I’ve thrown to a bunch of times here,” Suter said. “Definitely, it’s going to be a comfort element, which is good.”
For the moment, Suter will need his best stuff on the mound to shut down a potent Seattle Mariners lineup that includes multiple All-Stars such as Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz.
“It’s going to be something I’ve dreamed of my whole life,” Suter said. “But it’s really going to come down to getting hitters out, which I’m looking forward to.”