Athletes Beyond Bartow: Pro baseball update
The pro baseball update for players with Cartersville/Bartow County connections:
ELLIOTT ANDERSON -- Burlington Royals (1st yr. pro; LHP; Rookie Advanced Appalachian League; Kansas City Royals' organization; Auburn; Cartersville HS)... Anderson made two appearances last week, one strong and one when he took the loss. He wrapped up a 6-0 win on Friday with two scoreless innings. He had two strikeouts and allowed just one hit with no walks against the Danville Braves. He got the ball three days later on Monday night against the Greeneville Reds and allowed two runs, one earned, with one strikeout. Anderson has now made 14 appearances in his first pro season and has pitched 21 1/3 innings, boasting an impressive 1.27 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and a .228 batting average against with 23 strikeouts.
SAM HOWARD -- Colorado Rockies (6th yr. pro: LHP; Georgia Southern, Cartersville HS)... made one appearance on Aug. 7 in a 14-3 loss to the top team in the American League, the Houston Astros. He pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts. For the season, at the big-league level, Howard has a 7.56 ERA with a 1.80 WHIP in 8 1/3 innings across six appearances.
CONNOR JUSTUS -- Mobile BayBears (4th yr. pro; Infielder; Double-A Southern League; L.A. Angels' organization; Georgia Tech; Cartersville HS)... Justus started three games and went hitless in 10 at bats, but he did have a walk and a run scored. For the season with the Mobile BayBears, Justus is hitting .187 with a .290 on-base percentage and a .259 slugging percentage.
LUKE SCHILTZ -- AZL Rangers (1st yr. pro; RHP; Rookie Arizona League; Texas Rangers' organization; Cartersville, GA native; Stoneman Douglas (FL) HS)... made two short appearances, one on Aug. 7 and one on Aug. 10. He pitched just a third of an inning in his first outing of the week, throwing just one pitch to get out of an inning. He then pitched just two-thirds of an inning and allowed two runs on just one hit, but two walks. He also struck out two in the outing. Schiltz now has a 4.50 ERA in 12 innings across nine appearances in rookie ball this season. He has struck out six, while allowing just a .171 average against and a 1.00 WHIP.