Mark Leiter, Jr., who completed his four-year college playing career at NJIT in May 2013, was called up to the Philadelphia Phillies from the Phillies Class AAA team the Lehigh Valley (PA) Iron Pigs Tuesday afternoon.
Leiter Jr., takes the place of outfielder Howie Kendrick on the Phillies' roster. Kendrick was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday with a muscle injury.
Leiter Jr., the nephew of former Major League pitcher Al Leiter and the son of former Major League pitcher Mark Leiter, Sr., was selected by the Phillies with the 661st overall pick in the draft, on June 8, 2013. In being picked, Leiter was the first NJIT student-athlete selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.