Bartow pro baseball players slog through dog days of August


With Anthony Seigler out for the season with a knee injury, there are four players from Bartow County continuing their seasons in pro baseball. 

Each had their high points and low points during the last week. Elliott Anderson and Luke Schiltz both had one good outing and one bad outing out of the bullpen in rookie ball.

Meanwhile, Sam Howard made an appearance against the Houston Astros last week, making it two weeks in a row he faced one of the league leaders in the standings after pitching against the Los Angeles Dodgers the week before.

Elliott Anderson (Burlington Royals, Kansas City Royals organization; Cartersville) — 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; Cartersville) — Howard 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, L.A. Angels organization; Cartersville) — 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, Texas Rangers organization; Cartersville native) — Schiltz 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.