Monday was a much-anticipated day for baseball players across Georgia as it was the first day of tryouts.
While there is excitement for the upcoming 2016 season in Cartersville, the Canes also had another reason to be excited as sophomore Anthony Seigler committed to play for Auburn over the weekend, becoming the third current Cartersville player to commit to the SEC school.
Senior pitcher and outfielder Elliott Anderson already is signed to the Tigers while sophomore shortstop Devin Warner committed in November.
“It looks like it’s going to be Cartersville across the line,” head coach Stuart Chester said of having three players commit to Auburn. “[Auburn head coach] Butch Thompson is the big reason. If people really know Butch like some of us do, then you’d understand. Of course, leaving for college is big on a parent. You want them to be in good hands, and Butch Thompson is the type man that is going to develop character and class or continue that. And, after that, baseball will fall in line along with their education. He’s just that type man that you want to turn your son over to.”
Chester said the commitments will help generate positive exposure for the Cartersville baseball program.
“It opens the door, gets more exposure for all the other players,” he said. “It’s just a relationship-building thing, especially when they get to Auburn, get on ESPN and get some of that exposure. It just brings more attention to Cartersville baseball. It really paves the way for people behind them.”
Seigler, a switch hitter and ambidextrous pitcher, hit .283 as a freshman second baseman with an impressive .437 on-base percentage. He scored 27 runs and had 19 RBIs with five doubles, a triple and a home run while helping Cartersville to the Class 4A state semifinals.
As a pitcher, Seigler was the Region 7-AAAA Pitcher of the Year as he owned a 2.12 ERA in 62 2/3 innings with 54 strikeouts and a .240 batting average against.
Seigler also drew attention after the baseball season for his play with his travel ball team, the East Cobb Astros. Most notably, Seigler was named the MVP of the Perfect Game 15U WWBA Championship at LakePoint over the summer when he hit .414 with four doubles, a home run, nine RBIs and six runs scored with two stolen bases and two walks in 29 at bats. As a pitcher, he threw 14 2/3 innings in the tournament without allowing an earned run while recording two wins and a save.
In the semifinal game of the tournament, Seigler hit a double to begin a rally in a comeback win and then got the offense started in the championship game with a two-run double batting left-handed after, fouling off several tough pitches. His next time at bat in the championship game, Seigler drove in another run on a single while batting right-handed. He also threw four innings in their semifinal victory and picked up the win in the championship game while throwing with both hands.
Among the other accolades he received over the summer, Seigler was named to the Perfect Game High School Showdown All-Tournament Team, the East Cobb Invitational All-Tournament Team, the BCS All-Tournament Team and the 15U All-American Team.