He was called in to protect a 4-3 lead in an eventual 6-4 Angels victory in Chicago, MLB.com reported. He struck out two in a scoreless seventh inning, some of which was captured in a compilation video below:
“It felt awesome. I felt very comfortable ― a lot more comfortable than I thought I’d feel,” said the 22-year-old pitcher, whose speed topped out at 102.2 mph on Monday. “Just went out and trusted my stuff and threw strikes, and it worked out. It was an amazing feeling.”
Joyce’s high-velocity exploits in college last year were followed by outlets that don’t even emphasize sports.
Now he’s a big leaguer.
His coach at Tennessee, Tony Vitello, once said: “He is an abnormal kid with an abnormal work ethic and fortunately he has been blessed with abnormal stuff, too.”