Baseball: Former Broomfield star Brandon Bailey makes MLB debut

Bailey pitched a scoreless frame for the Houston Astros

Broomfield graduate Brandon Bailey will pitch this summer in the Cape Cod League, one of the nation’s top collegiate summer leagues. (Photo by David Cohen/For Gonzaga Athletics)

Broomfield graduate Brandon Bailey made his major league debut for the Houston Astros Sunday afternoon.

With the Astros trailing the Seattle Mariners 7-5, Bailey tossed a scoreless ninth.

The right-hander, mixing a low-90s fastball and a sweeping curve, needed just two pitches to retire Seattle first baseman Evan White on a groundout. Following that, he gave up a single to Jose Marmolejos, who was thrown out stretching for second, and another to Tim Lopes, before inducing Mallex Smith into a groundout to end the inning.

The Mariners would eventually hold on for the win, stranding the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the frame while effectively ending a 15-game losing streak to their AL West rival.

For 25-year-old Bailey, the clean, 13-pitch debut followed successful stints with Broomfield and Gonzaga, as well as four years in minor leagues.

Bailey is best known in Colorado preps for leading the Eagles to the Class 4A state championship in 2012 as a junior. He finished that spring with an 11-0 record and a 1.21 ERA.

Maybe more impressive, though, was his ability to overcome Tommy John surgery as a senior to go on to have a standout career in Spokane, Washington — and eventually become a sixth-round pick by the Oakland Athletics in 2016.

As a pro, Bailey moved around a bit before nabbing a spot on the Astros’ Opening Day roster in 2020. He was traded to Houston for outfielder Ramon Laureano in 2017. And last fall, he was selected by the Orioles in Rule 5 draft only to be sent back to Houston a short time later.