Team Israel players in the World Baseball Classic
Team Israel players in the World Baseball ClassicCourtesy

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Spencer Horwitz scored his first base hit since being called up to the major leagues during his first major league start on Sunday.

Horwitz was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 24th round of the 2019 MLB June Amateur Draft from Radford University. He was called up from the club's AAA affiliate Buffalo Bisons last week as a backup. In 57 games this season with Buffalo — he hit .300/.421/.405 with 16 doubles and 34 RBI.

During Sunday's game against the Texas Rangers, Horwitz was listed on the starting lineup for the first time in his MLB career as the Blue Jays' designated hitter. During his first at-bat of the game, during the second inning, he hit his first MLB base hit off of Rangers pitcher Jon Gray. Horwitz later came in to score the Blue Jays' third run of the game.

This past spring, Horowitz, who is Jewish, played for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic. Israel exited the tournament in the first round with a 1-3 record after losing 10-0 to both Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and 5-1 to Venezuela, which swept the fearsome Pool D, where Israel played.

Team Israel congratulated their alumnus on its Twitter page: "A big-time MAZAL TOV to Spencer Horwitz today! First big league start, first big league hit in first big league at-bat."