Former Illinois State baseball player Paul DeJong made a splash in his Major League Baseball debut on May 28 when, in his first big league plate appearance, the former Redbird cleared the left-field fence with a pinch-hit home run. He became the second Illinois State alum to homer in a big league game, joining Redbird legend Dave Bergman.

Meanwhile, fellow ISU baseball alum Brock Stewart recorded his first big-league save in his season debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 20. Stewart finished off a 12-0 win with three shutout innings, allowing just one walk while fanning four.