Shea Spitzbath, an undrafted pitcher has flown under the radar his entire baseball career but that may change in the near future.
Spitzbath, A Wareham Gatemen alum, was signed as a free agent after the 2015 season and has since worked his way up through minor league baseball. His journey all started in his hometown of Staten Island New York where he dominated as a high school pitcher but due to grades failed to play Division 1 level baseball.
“In my junior year of high-school I realized that I could eventually reach the MLB” Spitzbarth said. “Then in college once I was playing at a consistent level I knew I had what it takes to make it.”
Spitzbath played baseball at Division 2 Molloy College in New York and eventually played in the Cape Cod baseball league in order to get recognized by pro scouts. In the summer of 2015 Spitzbath was a dominant relief pitcher for the Gatemen pitching 12.2 innings with an ERA of 0.71.
“Playing in the Cape League was one of the best decisions of my life” Spitzbarth said. “I believe that Cape League is the best baseball in the country and is even better than ACC and SEC and played a huge part in me getting signed.”
After getting passed on by every single MLB team in the 2015 draft, Spitzbath impressed the Dodgers as a junior. Spitzbath has the arm of an MLB pitcher with a fastball reaching the mid-90s and even has a nice curveball to compliment his game.
“When I found out I was getting signed by the Dodgers it was a dream come true” Spitzbarth said. “The Dodgers are a first-class organization and I have enjoyed every moment I have spent within the organization.”
In 5 seasons of minor league baseball at many different levels Spitzbath has a 3.05 ERA in 212 innings pitched. After reaching Triple-A in 2018 Spitzbath has since gone back to Double-A this season and is off to a great start with a 1.62 ERA. Spitzbath still has a long way to go before fulfilling his dream of being an MLB pitcher, but after flying under the radar his whole career he is not one to give up easy.