Huskies Add California Trio to Pitching Rotation
Three teammates from CSU Stanislaus enter the fold.
Duluth, Minn.- It appears three Warrior teammates will get more acquainted this summer, and it will be in the blue and white of the Duluth Huskies. Pitchers Tyler Meyer, Maxxwell Pappas, and Antonio Cortez have all joined the Huskies 2021 roster by way of California State University Stanislaus. The trio are just the most recent in a steady stream of talent pipelined from California, the home state of head coach Marcus Pointer.
Tyler Meyer graduated from Big Valley Christian School in Modesto, California in 2019, where he racked up several impressive accolades; the Riverbank native was a two-time League MVP, two-time county All-Star selection, and four-time All-League selection, according to warriorathletics.com. Pitching 25 innings over six games for the Warriors brief 2020 season, Tyler struck out 11 batters while collecting two wins and two losses over that span. “Having my freshman season cut short was quite the disappointment,” he said. “I managed to stay positive and make the most of this unfortunate situation…I was able to continue to work out and throw through the summer and fall of 2020, gaining both strength and velocity, and that will continue to be my goal until our (Huskies) season begins this summer.” Meyer said he chose to come play for the Huskies because he wanted to be a part of the team culture that has been established by the management and former players. Outside of baseball, Tyler is a musician, playing both the piano and guitar.
A native of Long Beach, California, Maxwell Pappas started his college baseball career at El Camino College before joining the Stanislaus Warriors prior to the truncated 2020 season. While at El Camino, Pappas was named All Second Team in the South Coast Conference in 2019. Making eight pitching appearances in 2020, Max struck out 15 batters while allowing a batting average of .255. The Junior Kinesiology major strives to become a Strength and Conditioning coach after his playing days. A self-proclaimed ‘huge dog person,’ Pappas is excited to join the Huskies organization. “I chose Duluth because they are a great fit for me to compete and improve this summer,” he said. Max also shared he is just starting to learn the guitar. Maybe Tyler can help you out, Max!
The lefty of the group is Antonio (Tony) Cortez of Atwater, California. Upon graduation from Buhach Colony High School in 2020, Tony had already completed an engineering program, was dubbed the Pitcher of the Year, and was recognized as a two-time All-League player, per warriorathletics.com. A fan of architecture, Cortez is laser-focused on his engineering degree when he is not on the mound. “What I’m most looking forward to this upcoming season is creating new friendships and learning from my teammates and coaches to increase my pitching performance,” Tony said. “My coach kind of just told me that I had developed a good amount, and he wanted me to get into a good league with a good team.” Well, we are happy to have you on our team in the great Northwoods League, Tony!
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