Down on the farm, it was a good week for former Bartow County pitchers in pro baseball, highlighted by two scoreless appearances outs of the bullpen for Cartersville High grad Sam Howard with the Colorado Rockies.
However, the biggest news of the week also was the worst, as it was announced former Cane Anthony Seigler would be out for the season with a knee injury.
As for the good news, Howard faced the best team in baseball on July 30 and did not allow a run out of the bullpen in an inning and a third, one of two scoreless outing he had last week.
Following in Howard’s footsteps as Cartersville natives trying to make the bigs, Elliott Anderson and Luke Schiltz each continued their strong debut seasons in rookie ball.
Elliott Anderson (Burlington Royals, Kansas City Royals organization; Cartersville) — Anderson gave up his first runs in pro ball on July 30 when he allowed two runs on five hits in 1.2 innings with one strikeout against the Elizabethton Twins. He bounced back, however, going two scoreless innings with four strikeouts on Monday, earning a hold in 13-0 win when the Royals opened the game up late. Despite allowing the two runs this week, Anderson still boasts impressive overall numbers, including a 1.06 ERA in 17 innings with 20 strikeouts, a .210 batting average against and a 1.06 WHIP.
Sam Howard (Colorado Rockies; Cartersville) — Howard delivered in two scoreless appearances last week for the Rockies. On July 30 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team with the best record in the majors, Howard threw 1.1 innings with two strikeouts, allowing just a walk in a 9-4 loss. Against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, Howard again went 1.1 innings in a loss, allowing a hit and a walk with two strikeouts. The two strong outings give Howard a 6.35 ERA in 5.2 innings so far at the big league level.
Connor Justus (Mobile BayBears, L.A. Angels organization; Cartersville) — Justus got off to a hot start to the week, going 4-for-7 in his first two games with a double. He's come back down to earth in his last three starts, though, going 0-for-11 with a walk. He’s now hitting .194 on the year with a .297 on-base percentage. He has played second base, third base and shortstop this year, and has an outstanding .970 fielding percentage at his primary position, shortstop.
Luke Schiltz (AZL Rangers, Texas Rangers organization; Cartersville native) —Schiltz pitched a scoreless inning in his lone appearance this week, on July 31, allowing just a walk in the eighth inning of a 9-3 loss against the AZL Padres. Schiltz currently boasts a 3.27 ERA, and has strong peripheral stats, including a .162 batting average against and a 0.82 WHIP.
Anthony Seigler (Charleston RiverDogs, New York Yankees organization; Cartersville) — Seigler is out for the season with a patella fracture after a foul tip struck his knee on July 19. The No. 23 overall draft pick in 2018 by the Yankees, Seigler finished the season hitting hitting .175 with a .328 on-base percentage. Despite two injury-shortened seasons so far in the minors, Seigler is still considered a top-10 prospect in the Yankees organization. According to CBS Sports, in late June, RiverDogs manager Julio Mosquero said that Siegler has “impressed me a lot" and added that he “has a lot of ability.”
“It’s just the way he manages the game,” Mosquera, a former catcher, said. “He’s got a good feel for it. He’s got a good feel for what the pitcher is trying to do to the hitters. He makes a lot of good decisions behind the plate. He makes adjustments fast. All of this helps him stay in the game. He’s a leader back there for his pitching staff, and for his age that’s really good.”