Dundee-Crown graduate Ryan Court received the call to the big leagues Friday when the Seattle Mariners selected his contract from Triple-A Tacoma. Court, 31, has bounced around the minor leagues and independent ball for parts of nine season without a call to the majors.
An infielder, Court was called up ahead of Friday’s game against the Detroit Tigers at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.
A 2006 D-C grad, Court played college ball at Illinois State. The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted him in the 23rd round of the 2011 draft. Court remained in the Diamondbacks’ minor league system until 2014.
He bounced between the Sioux City Explorers of the independent American Association in 2015, the Boston Red Sox minor league system in 2016 and 2017, and spent all of 2018 with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs.
Court opened spring training with the Cubs, but was released March 23. He played eight games for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League before the Mariners purchased his contract May 7.
Court was hitting .279 with nine home runs and 37 RBIs at Triple-A Tacoma this season before earning the call to Seattle.
Mariners infielder Tim Lopes was hit in the head by a pitch Thursday night in his first career major league start. Lopes was placed on the seven-day concussion list, creating room for Court. Lopes had been called up Wednesday in place of the injured Dee Gordon.