Now pitching, the rocket scientist…

My alma mater has its first major league baseball player! ESPN has the story about Jason Szuminski ’00.

He’s a rocket scientist and a right-hander. Ladies and gentlemen, wearing No. 58 for the San Diego Padres, Jason Szuminski, the first MIT graduate to reach the major leagues.

He earned a degree in aerospace engineering in 2000 from MIT, which is much better known for brainpower than ballplayers. He’s a first lieutenant in the Air Force and has worked on satellite programs. On Tuesday, a day after the Padres open the season at Los Angeles, he’ll switch over to the active reserve.