South Park’s Randy Dobnak gets called up to the big leagues
The last few years have been quite the journey for South Park graduate Randy Dobnak.
On Thursday, that journey reached its peak as Dobnak was called up to the big leagues by the Minnesota Twins.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) August 8, 2019
Congrats Randy! We are incredibly proud of @Dobnak_ and it has been incredible to follow him during this journey. This is only the beginning and we can’t wait to see your continued success. #alwaysABattler https://t.co/Pp47sahVPi
— Alderson Broaddus Athletics (@ABBattlers) August 7, 2019
THE SOUTH PARK KID IS HEADING TO THE SHOW!!! Congratulations to Randy Dobnak and his family for him getting the call up to the major leagues for the Minnesota Twins. We are all so proud of you keep living your dream #WorkWins #Tradition https://t.co/c2aWjG4erC
— South Park Baseball (@SPark_baseball) August 7, 2019
Dobnak’s path to the major leagues is nothing short of extraordinary. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound right-hander went undrafted out of Division II Alderson Broaddus in West Virginia, where he tallied a career record of 26-12 with a 2.61 ERA in 46 appearances. Dobnak will be the first Battler to reach the major league level.
After his college career came to an end, Dobnak joined the Utica Unicorns of the independent United Shore League in June 2017. The Twins signed him later that month, and he has had a rapid ascent through the organization.
In 2018, Dobnak started 20 games for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in the Midwest League and produced a record of 10-5 with a 3.14 ERA. That is the highest ERA of his professional career.
He has made three different stops this season, at all three levels of the Twins organization, and he hasn’t disappointed. Over the course of this year, he has an 11-3 record with a 2.02 ERA in 125 innings pitched.
Greg Macafee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Greg by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .