It's possible Elliott Anderson doesn't know he's playing professional baseball. Given the way the left-hander has been pitching, he might think he's just participating in some Cape Cod-level summer league.
Either way, nobody should mention anything to Anderson, because only his opponents have reason to want to break the spell. A Cartersville High product and three-year contributor at Auburn, Anderson has been absolutely lights out since starting his pro career with the Burlington Royals.
Entering Monday, Anderson (2-0, 3-for-3 save opportunities) has made 10 appearances and thrown 13 1/3 total innings. He is still yet to allow a run — earned or unearned. He is allowing opponents to hit .136 and has a 0.68 WHIP. The southpaw, who the Kansas City Royals drafted in the 23rd round this year, has five times as many strikeouts as walks.
Elsewhere, another former Canes hurler, Sam Howard, appeared in three games for the Colorado Rockies. In his first big league stint of the season, Howard got progressively better throughout the week. He gave up three runs in his first outing, one in his second and none in his third.
Elliott Anderson (Burlington Royals, Kansas City Royals organization; Cartersville) — Anderson continued an amazing start to his professional career with two more appearances without allowing an earned run. He also picked up his second win and third save of the year in his ninth and 10th appearances of the season, respectively. In a two-inning home stint Wednesday night against the Bristol Pirates, Anderson worked the seventh and eighth innings of a 5-4 win, which was part of a doubleheader featuring two seven-inning games. He did not allow a hit but yielded a walk and recorded two strikeouts. Anderson entered with the Royals trailing 4-3, but a run in the seventh forced extra innings before Burlington walked off in the eighth. Saturday, the 21-year-old fanned one in a spotless ninth inning to earn a save in a 3-1 victory at the Princeton Rays. Anderson has now worked 13 1/3 innings of relief without allowing a run. He has 15 strikeouts, has issued only three walks and opponents have a mere .136 batting average against him. Burlington (20-18) is in second place in the Appalachian League’s East Division, trailing the Pulaski Yankees by 3 1/2 games.
Sam Howard (Colorado Rockies; Cartersville) — After being called up from Triple-A Albuquerque last Sunday, the 26-year-old made one-inning relief appearances Tuesday and Thursday at Washington along with a one-inning stint Sunday at Cincinnati. He allowed four total earned runs on five hits, two walks and one hit batsman. He struck out two. Prior to joining the MLB club, Howard was 2-1 with a 3.83 ERA in 36 appearances as a reliever at Albuquerque. Colorado (49-57) is in the NL West cellar 19 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Connor Justus (Mobile BayBears, L.A. Angels organization; Cartersville) — In seven games over the past week, Justus was 3-for-21 at the plate with a run scored and one RBI. For the season, he has a .192 batting average across 90 games and 266 official at-bats with two home runs and 20 RBIs. Defensively, the 24-year-old carries a .949 fielding percentage in 313 total chances. He has been a part of 37 of the BayBears’ double plays. Mobile is 14-22 in the Southern League’s second half and trails Biloxi by nine games in the South Division. The BayBears are 41-63 for the 2019 season.
Luke Schiltz (AZL Rangers, Texas Rangers organization; Cartersville native) — Schiltz gave up three earned runs in a two-inning appearance at the AZL Dodgers Mota last Wednesday, but the right-hander was credited with the pitching win in the Rangers' 9-8 come-from-behind effort. Schiltz, who fanned three, worked the seventh and eighth innings, allowing the runs on a walk, two triples and a wild pitch. He exited with his team trailing 8-4. The Rangers rallied for five runs in the top of the ninth, making him eligible for his first win as a professional. The 19-year-old has now made five appearances. He has a 4.00 ERA in nine total innings. The AZL Rangers went 19-9 to win the first half West Division title and clinch a postseason berth. They are currently 3-1 in the second half.
Anthony Seigler (Charleston RiverDogs, N.Y. Yankees organization; Cartersville) — The Yankees’ first-round pick in 2018 has been placed on the 7-Day Injured List after appearing to take a foul tip off his knee July 19. In 30 games with the RiverDogs this season after spending time in extended Spring Training, Seigler has a .175 batting average in 97 official at-bats. He has 20 walks, three doubles, a stolen base and six RBIs. Defensively, the 20-year-old has a .984 fielding percentage in 183 total chances with three passed balls. He has thrown out eight of 23 stolen base attempts. After barely missing the first half divisional title, the RiverDogs are 14-22 in the second half and in last place in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division.
— Charles Wilson of Bartow Sports Zone contributed to this report.