Former Molloy baseball star doing well with the Dodgers farm system
By Charlie De Biase Jr.
Westerleigh resident Shea Spitzbarth has made solid strides since being promoted to the Great Lakes Loons of the Midwest League, which is a Low-A, full season level.
The Moore Catholic product, a right-handed pitcher in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system, received the promotion to the Loons following an outstanding, six-game stint with the Ogden Raptors (A short season) earlier this month.
In fact, Spitzbarth posted a minuscule 1.00 earned runs average in six games with the Raptors. In nine innings, the righty allowed six hits, one earned run and two walks while striking out 15.
His WHIP was a solid 0.889.
"I was striking out a ton of guys, I had good fastball command that I took to another level,'' said Spitzbarth of his production with the Raptors. "I also had good command of my change-up and was throwing harder overall.
"I was really throwing better than I ever did before and i was so excited to get the promotion,'' he added. "I couldn't wait to join the Loons.''
Spitzbarth has notched good numbers with the Loons as well. In five games and 8 2/3 innings, he has a 3.12 ERA after allowing seven hits, four walks and three earned runs.
He has 13 strikeouts and a 1.269 WHIP.
"My first outing with the Loons was a little shaky,'' said Spitzbarth, who attended Molloy College before signing with the Dodgers early last summer. "I'm going against better hitters now, obviously, and the strike zone is a bit different.
"The good news is, I put together a good streak during my last five outings and obviously hope it continues.''
Spitzbarth was teammates with former Wagner College pitcher Nolan Long for a short while before the latter was sent back to Ogden.
The Loons are currently 13-17 overall in the Midwest League's Eastern division. Great Lakes opens a three-game series against Dayton on Wednesday.