BOWIE, Md. Former Quinnipiac University pitcher Pat Egan '07 was called up to the Bowie (Md.) Baysox, the Class-AA affiliate of Baltimore Orioles. Egan becomes the first Quinnipiac player to reach the second-highest tier of minor league baseball since former Major Leaguer Turk Wendell.
Egan signed a minor league contract with Baltimore in 2007, just prior to that year's MLB Draft. Egan was drafted twice by Baltimore before signing with them after he exhausted his eligibility with the Bobcats. He was originally drafted in the 35th round of the 2005 draft before being taken again in the 36th round in the 2006 draft.
Egan enjoyed a successful career at Quinnipiac in which the 6-7 right-handed pitcher won 20 games in his career, a Bobcats' Division I record at the time which was broken this season by Andy Mayer. In 2004, Egan was named to the Northeast Conference First Team and was also tabbed as the NEC's Pitcher of the Year.
In the three seasons since Egan signed with the Orioles, he has progressed through the minor league ranks, beginning with the Bluefield (WV) Orioles of the rookie-level Appalachian League where he started in 11 of the 13 games he appeared in, allowing one earned run or less in four starts including eight innings of scoreless ball against Bristol on July 20, holding them to just one hit. In 2008, he was elevated to the Class A Aberdeen (Md.) IronBirds of the New York Penn League. While with the IronBirds, Egan finished third in the league with 77.2 innings pitched and won four consecutive starts from August 9 through August 27.
This season, Egan pitched for the Class A Delmarva (Md.) Shorebirds of the South Atlantic League. While with Delmarva, Egan appeared in 11 games, striking out 22 batters over 24 innings while allowing four runs on 12 hits. He also recorded two saves for the Shorebirds.