June 10, 2014

Former Bobcat Big Leaguer Starting for New Jersey Jackals

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LITTLE FALLS, N.J. – Former Georgia College All-American pitcher and member of the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen Michael Antonini (2006-07) has found a new baseball home as a member of the starting rotation for the New Jersey Jackals of the independent Can Am League.

The Glens Mills, Pa. native was signed up in the preseason, and has made three starts thus far, posting a 2-0 record with a 2.11 ERA and 17 strikeouts in as many innings.

Antonini was an All-American for the Bobcats in 2006 and in two seasons for GC Baseball after transferring from Glouster County College, went 18-7 with a 3.42 ERA. Antonini also fanned 153 in his 192 innings over that two-year span as the Bobcat ace. He was selected in the 18th round by the Mets in the 2007 draft.

The lefty's most recent start came June 4 against the Rockland Boulders, throwing seven shutout innings with just two hits and no walks, fanning six.

He was also won the league's first Pointstreak Pitcher of the Week honor this season, May 25 after picking up the win May 23 against the Trois-Rivieres Aigles.

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