Three former Eagles sign with MLB teams

Trevor Mcnaboe

With the college baseball season closing out this past week, many players will turn their attention to next season.

For Georgia Southern University, the 2015 team will be far from similar to the team that made the NCAA Regionals this past season.

The Eagles lost four seniors to graduation and now can add three more that will not be returning to Statesboro in the fall.

The trio of junior pitchers, lefthander Sam Howard and right handers Josh Wirsu and Eric Alonzo, have all signed with their respective teams that drafted them earlier this month.

Sam Howard, LHP

Howard was selected in the third round by the Colorado Rockies and signed shortly after the draft. Currently he is playing for the Grand Junction Rockies, which is the team’s Pioneer League affiliate.

Since signing, Howard has appeared in three games for the team, including two starts. Over nine innings, the Cartersville native has allowed five runs on 12 hits with seven strikeouts.

Josh Wirsu, RHP

Wirsu, the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year, was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 30th round and signed within a week after hearing his named called. He was assigned to the Cardinals rookie league team, The Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League.

So far, Wirsu has appeared in two games for the Cardinals with one start. He has allowed two earned runs over 4.1 innings with one strikeout. He is currently 0-1 on the year.

Eric Alonzo, RHP

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Alonzo in the 40th and final round of the draft. He was assigned to the team’s rookie league team the AZL Angels, of the Arizona League.

Alonzo has faired the best out of the three so far in their taste of pro ball. In five relief appearances, he has allowed two runs over nine innings while tallying his first professional save.

The loss will leave the Eagles without two starting pitchers and a relief pitcher that threw a combined 244 innings in 2014.