The fraternity of former Cartersville baseball players plying their trade in the minor leagues added two new pledges recently.
During the MLB draft in early June, former Cartersville High pitcher Elliott Anderson was drafted out of Auburn by the Kansas City Royals in the 23rd round. One round later, the Texas Rangers took another former Canes pitcher in Luke Schiltz, who transferred to a Florida-based high school prior to his senior season.
The pair haven't yet received their first minor league assignments from their parent clubs. When they do, they will join a trio of local products already in the midst of their MiLB seasons.
Those three are coming off decidedly different weeks.
Sam Howard, of the Albuquerque Isotopes, had an uneven couple of appearances, totaling four strikeouts but also allowing his first run of the month. Connor Justus, who is playing with the Mobile BayBears, had one of his best series of the season to begin Mobile's second half of the season, hitting .400 with a pair of RBIs. Charleston RiverDogs catcher Anthony Seigler fell back to earth after a scalding start to life in Class A ball, finishing 1-for-13 in his team's opening set after the All-Star break.
Elliott Anderson (Kansas City Royals organization; Cartersville) — Anderson has opted to forgo his senior season at Auburn to sign with the Royals organization. He was selected in the 23rd round and was the 679th overall selection in the June draft. This season at Auburn, he made 27 relief appearances and three starts to lead the Tigers in total appearances. Auburn finished the season 38-28 and reached the College World Series for the fifth time in school history. It was the Tigers' first trip to Omaha in 22 years. The Tigers were ousted in two straight games at the CWS, falling to Mississippi State and Louisville, with Anderson briefly appearing in both contests. In 2019, Anderson had a 7-2 record with a 4.15 ERA in 65 innings pitched. Opponents hit .254 against the lefty. He struck out 67 and walked 30. Anderson made 68 total appearances for Auburn in three seasons and leaves with a 13-2 record in just over 107 innings. He fanned 108 in his collegiate career. Most new signees with the Royals report to the Arizona Rookie League. The Kansas City affiliate is located in Surprise, Arizona. The AZL Royals are currently managed by former Atlanta Braves shortstop Tony Peña Jr.
Sam Howard (Albuquerque Isotopes, Colorado Rockies organization; Cartersville) — Howard made relief appearances at home last Monday against New Orleans and on the road Friday at Reno. He worked a spotless seventh inning against New Orleans with two strikeouts of the three batters faced. The Isotopes were trailing 2-1 at the time and eventually lost 5-3. Friday, Howard entered in the eighth inning with his team trailing 4-1. He gave up an earned run on two hits and a walk with Reno winning 5-1. Howard fanned two to run his season strikeout total to 45 in just over 35 innings. He has a 4.58 ERA and a 1-0 record in 27 relief appearances. Albuquerque (32-44) is fourth in the PCL’s Pacific Southern Division trailing El Paso by 15 1/2 games.
Connor Justus (Mobile BayBears, L.A. Angels organization; Cartersville) — Following the Southern League All-Star break, Justus has hit safely in all three games at home against Jacksonville and has gone 4-for-10, including a double, a walk and two RBIs in the series that concluded Monday night. Justus has a .200 batting average with one home run and 14 RBIs in 185 at-bats across 63 games. Defensively, Justus has seen action at shortstop, third base and second base with a .947 fielding percentage in 226 total chances. He has been part of 25 double plays. Mobile is 2-2 in the Southern League’s South Division second half after finishing the first half with a 27-41 mark.
Anthony Seigler (Charleston RiverDogs, N.Y. Yankees organization; Cartersville) — In the RiverDogs first four games of the SAL second-half schedule, Seigler is only 1-for-13 with three walks. The switch-hitting catcher has seen his batting average slip to .250 (8-for-32) after peaking at .368 through his first six games with Charleston. He has two doubles and one RBI through 10 games after starting the year in extended spring training. Defensively, Seigler is 3-of-10 in throwing out runners on attempted steals and does not have an error or passed ball. The RiverDogs have started the second half schedule 1-3 after narrowly missing the first half title that included a guaranteed postseason berth. Charleston opened a three-game series Monday at Rome with Seigler absent from the starting lineup.
Luke Schiltz (Texas Rangers organization; Cartersville resident) — Schiltz was selected in the 24th round of the June draft by the Texas Rangers. The Cartersville native, who previously attended Cartersville High, played his senior season at Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, where he resided with an older sister.
— Charles Wilson of Bartow Sports Zone contributed to this report.