CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Luke Maile may not have spent his All Star break in San Diego, but the catcher will receive the ultimate break of his young, professional career on Friday as he will see his name engraved on the official Tampa Bay Rays' roster once more.
The Covington Catholic High School and University of Kentucky product was promoted from the club's Triple-A minor league team in Durham, N.C., known as the Durham Bulls, on Tuesday.
It isn't the first time, however. Maile served as the Rays starting catcher close to the end of last season and generated a total of 15 games played where he went 6 for 35 at the plate with three doubles and two RBIs.
The Rays selected the 25-year-old in the eighth round of the 2012 player draft. Maile then made his way over to Triple A in 2015, but experienced injury early on with the Bulls.
He redeemed himself the last few weeks and bounced back to earn a spot in the starting lineup.
In the last ten games spent with the Bulls is where Maile gained the most attention. He accumulated a batting average of .273 (9 for 33) to extend his season average to .242 (47 of 194).
Moreover, the Northern Kentucky native collected 58 total minor league games this year, including 13 doubles, two home runs, 13 runs scored and 12 RBIs.
Tampa Bay finished the first half of the season with a 34-54 record, which has the team sitting in last place in the East Division of the American League, 17 1/2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles who lead the division.
Maile may have the current and former catchers of the Rays to thank as both generated a batting average of .200 before the All Star break. The starting catcher, Curt Casali, saw a total of 66 strikeouts to hand him a batting average of .169 (28 for 166) and the backup catcher, Hank Conger, traded places with Maile as he was moved to Durham in order to open a spot for Maile.
The Orioles will visit the Rays in a three game series, beginning this Friday where Maile will step onto Tropicana Field for the first time in the 2016 season.