Tyler Cloyd has gotten a few career-changing phone calls. Soon, he may get another.
Back in 2008, when he hadn't pitched from a mound in almost a year - hadn't played baseball at all really - he got a call asking him to throw a bullpen session for a few scouts.
There was another call a few weeks later when, almost unbelievably, he'd not only been drafted, but he'd been taken in the 18th round, a high selection for a Division II pitcher who had sat out the previous season.
Now, four years later, the former UNO star from Bellevue East is arguably the best starting pitcher in the Class AAA International League.
He is one phone call away from joining the Philadelphia Phillies in the major leagues, a phone call that seems more and more likely to be coming before the end of the summer.
Crazy, Cloyd says of the twists and turns that got him on this path.