Sam Howard and Elliott Anderson have plenty in common. The 6-foot-3, left-handed pitchers from Cartersville High signed to play professional baseball after three years of college.
Now, they're both in the minor leagues putting up zeros night in and night out.
Anderson continued his dream start to pro ball, running his scoreless outings streak to six to begin his time as a Burlington Royal. Meanwhile, Howard continues to improve in the offensive-friendly Pacific Coast League, posting a 0.11 ERA since May 27.
Cartersville native Luke Schiltz also didn't allow an earned run in his lone of inning of work this past week.
On the offensive side of things, former Canes Connor Justus and Anthony Seigler combined for just two hits in nine combined games played.
Elliott Anderson (Burlington Royals, Kansas City Royals organization; Cartersville) — Anderson made a two-inning, non-save situation appearance last Thursday in a 5-0 win at the Elizabethton Twins. Anderson retired the final six outs of the game to complete his sixth consecutive appearance without allowing an earned run. In seven innings of relief work as a pro, he has allowed five hits and two walks while fanning six. He has maintained a 0.00 ERA with one save. Burlington is 12-13 in the Appalachian League East Division. The Royals trail the Pulaski Yankees by 3 1/2 games.
Sam Howard (Albuquerque Isotopes, Colorado Rockies organization; Cartersville) — Howard appeared in two games last week — both at division-leading El Paso. In Thursday’s 9-8 victory, Howard was credited with his second pitching win of the year. He entered in the fourth inning with two outs and struck out three of the four batters he faced, as the Isotopes took a 9-4 lead into the sixth. In Sunday’s 12-3 win, Howard allowed one hit and struck out one in a scoreless eighth inning. For the season, he now has a 2-1 record in 34 relief appearances, spanning 42 2/3 innings. His ERA, which was over 6.00 in late May, has been whittled to 4.01 over his last 16 outings. He has 54 strikeouts. Albuquerque (40-54) is in last place in the PCL’s Pacific Southern Division, 16 1/2 games behind El Paso.
Connor Justus (Mobile BayBears, L.A. Angels organization; Cartersville) — Justus appeared in three of Mobile’s five games last week. He started at second base last Monday at home in a 7-2 victory over Jacksonville and started at shortstop Saturday in a 9-4 win at the Tennessee Smokies. He was also utilized as a pinch runner and remained in the game to play third base in Thursday’s 5-3 win at Tennessee. He was 1-for-6 with a pair of walks and scored four runs in last week’s games. Through 78 games this season, Justus has a .181 batting average in 226 official at-bats. He has one home run, ten doubles, and 15 RBI. Defensively, he has a .941 fielding percentage in 273 total chances and has been part of 29 double plays executed by the BayBears. Mobile (11-12 second half) is currently in third place in the Southern League’s South Division second half, trailing Jacksonville by two games. Overall, Mobile is 38-53 for the year.
Luke Schiltz (AZL Rangers, Texas Rangers organization; Cartersville native) — Schiltz made a one-inning relief appearance for his second pro appearance last Wednesday in a 16-5 win over the AZL Dodgers. Schiltz allowed one walk and struck out one while recording three outs in the sixth inning. The 19-year-old was taken in the 24th round in MLB’s June draft. His AZL Rangers team is 14-7 and leads the Arizona League West Division.
Anthony Seigler (Charleston RiverDog, N.Y. Yankees organization; Cartersville) — Appearing in only four games this past week, Seigler was 1-for-15 at the plate and his season average has slipped to .195. The one hit for the week was his third double of the year Friday night in a 4-3, extra-inning win at Columbia. Seigler has 18 starts at catcher and has a .988 fielding percentage in 162 total chances. He has thrown out 7-of-20 on attempted stolen bases. The RiverDogs (10-13 second half) are currently in fifth place in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division second half. Charleston has a 47-46 mark for the entire season.
— Charles Wilson of Bartow Sports Zone contributed to this report.