LHU’s Mike Anthony headed to the pros, signs with Florence Freedom

LOCK HAVEN – Former Lock Haven University pitcher Mike Anthony has signed a professional contract with the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League, becoming the third member of the Bald Eagles 2017 pitching staff to join the pro ranks this summer.

The Freedom call Florence, Kentucky home. Florence is part of the Greater Cincinnati region.

The Florence Freedom is a member of the Frontier League, a professional independent minor-league system with teams located throughout the Midwest.

Anthony joins 2017 LHU teammates Nick Hornbaker and Jacob Belinda in the pro ranks. Hornbaker signed with the Santa Fe Fuego of the Pecos League in mid-May and Belinda was drafted in June during the 10th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves. Belinda is spending his first summer as a pro with the Danville Braves, an advanced rookie minor-league team that calls the Appalachian League home.

Up until his signing, Anthony was spending his summer of 2017 with the Kokomo Jackrabbits of the Prospect League, a collegiate summer baseball league. Anthony was 2-4 with a 3.94 ERA. He ranked eighth in the league with 54 strikeouts. In all, he pitched 45.2 innings after making six starts (nine appearances).

Anthony was a major part of Lock Haven’s 2017 rotation that helped lead the Bald Eagles to a historic season. Anthony was 6-3 with 72 strikeouts and a 3.41 ERA. In just two seasons with the Bald Eagles, he registered 126 strikeouts.

His 72 strikeouts in 2017 are the fourth-most ever in a single-season and his six wins tied for the fifth-most for a single-season. Following the 2017 season, Anthony ranked 20th in all of NCAA Division II baseball in strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.00: 71 IP, 72 K, 12 BB).

Prior to his time with LHU, Anthony enjoyed a solid two years at Northampton Community College. In 2015 he recorded 51 strikeouts and in 2014 he recorded a 1.34 ERA.