Huskies Bolster Pitching Rotation with Four 2021 Signings
Duluth announces four more pitchers, including teammates at Delta College.
Duluth, Minn.- It is always good to have fresh arms in baseball, especially when playing as rigorous a schedule as the Northwoods League presents. The Duluth Huskies today announce the signings of four more pitchers to the 2021 roster in efforts to keep the arms fresh all season long. Lefty-pitcher Brody Maynard of Daytona State joins a trio of right-handers in the list of new additions; Michael Altman of Oklahoma Baptist, and Zach Statzer and Connor Semone, teammates at San Joaquin Delta.
A 2019 graduate of Pone Vedra High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Brody Maynard joins the Huskies with an abbreviated 2020 season and ongoing spring 2021 season under his belt at Daytona State College. To date, the lefty has made 30 appearances for the Falcons, with 62 innings pitched. When asked what was appealing about playing for the Huskies, Brody had high praises for the program and the city of Duluth. “I signed with the Huskies because it’s a great opportunity with Coach Pointer to play some high-level baseball and work on improving my game,” Maynard said. “Not to mention Duluth is a really cool play to play baseball.” When he is not playing baseball, the Florida native plays semi-professional Spikeball.
Michael Altman joins the Huskies after being recruited by Huskies’ Head Coach Marcus Pointer for the lost 2020 season. “Marcus (Pointer) was my coach in junior college and wanted me to play with him last year,” Altman shared. “I signed this year, and I’m really excited for the summer.” The San Francisco native is currently playing spring ball for Skyline College, where he has pitched 18 innings in nine appearances, per skylinecollegeathletics.com. In that span, Michael has struck out 31 batters while holding an ERA of 1.50. He will attend Oklahoma Baptist in the fall, where he will bring his pitching ability to a Bison team that went 16-6 in 2020 prior to the season being canceled. When he is not playing ball, Altman enjoys spending time in nature.
Connor Semone and Zach Statzer are both 2020 high school grads from Modesto, California, though they did not go to the same high school; the former graduated from Central Catholic and the latter from Fred C. Beyer High. Although the two were not teammates in high school, they are teammates at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA. Despite covid derailing his initial plans, Semone was able to play with a travel team throughout last summer to get some throwing reps in. Outside of baseball, Connor enjoys riding bike and generally just being outdoors.
Statzer got his practice reps in as well, albeit they looked a bit different than he thought. “Throughout 2020 I was able to work on skill and strength,” he said. “I was lifting over five days a week and throwing bull pens on the side…There was no team experience, but I did get to personally improve.” Zach is eager to join a Huskies team that he calls extremely talented and competitive. “I wanted to go to a league in which my skills would be challenged. Duluth seems like an amazing place to further my skills and have an amazing summer.” A miscellaneous fact about Statzer is that he considers himself a bit of a coffee enthusiast. You’re in luck, Zach: Duluth has some excellent coffee!
As these four young men look to bring an “extra shot” of energy to the pitching rotation, let us give them a warm cup of welcome to the Twin Ports!
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The Duluth Huskies are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 26th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 230 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Stars Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIA). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.