Nate Antone Re-Signs with Winnipeg Goldeyes
Photo Credit: Sean Rice, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes re-signed right-handed pitcher Nate Antone on Tuesday.
Antone was 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA for the Goldeyes in 22 relief appearances last season. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native struck out 29 and held opponents to a .187 batting average over 25.1 innings pitched. Antone did not allow a run in 16 of his 22 outings, and allowed more than one run on just two occasions. During consecutive appearances at St. Paul on September 5th and 6th, Antone’s fastball averaged a Trackman-confirmed 95 mph with 99 percent spin efficiency.
“I’m really impressed with Nate and what he was able to accomplish last year,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “He worked very hard last year to get himself back in tremendous shape. He was always 94 to 97 miles per hour, showed flashes of a good developing slider, and he has a nice little change-up that he can offer to left-handers. He was fantastic for us last year and still has rookie classification, so he’s obviously a very valuable piece to our bullpen and our entire roster makeup.”
The 29-year-old Antone enters his fifth season of professional baseball, and is 2-2 lifetime with one save and a 3.00 ERA in 75 career appearances, 73 of them in relief. Antone has struck out 111 batters in 108.0 career innings, while allowing just five home runs.
Antone was a two-way player as an infielder and pitcher at both Potomac State College (Keyser, West Virginia) and West Virginia University (Morgantown, West Virginia). During his freshman season at Potomac State in 2011, Antone batted .449 and set a Catamounts single-season record hitting 27 doubles.
Antone started his professional career in 2017 with the Gary SouthShore RailCats before finishing that season with the Frontier League’s Joliet Slammers. The following year, Antone played an integral role in helping Joliet win the Frontier League championship. With the Slammers facing elimination in Game Four of the divisional playoffs, Antone was called on to make his first career professional start. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound right-hander pitched seven and one-third innings without allowing a base hit, and the Slammers eventually scored the decisive runs in the ninth. In the winner-take-all Game Five of the Frontier League Championship Series, Antone again made the start, and exited with the lead after three and two-thirds innings before Joliet held on for a 4-2 victory to claim the league title.
The Goldeyes now have 12 players under contract for the 2021 season. American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which is scheduled to begin in May.
2021 Winnipeg Goldeyes Signings
RHP Nate Antone
RHP Ryan Dull
OF Jay Gonzalez
C Lucas Herbert
OF Logan Hill
OF Tyler Hill
LHP Mitchell Lambson
RHP Josh Lucas
1B Kyle Martin
OF Max Murphy
RHP Eduard Reyes
OF Liam Scafariello
The Winnipeg Goldeyes open the 2021 season on May 18th on the road against the Sioux Falls Canaries. The Goldeyes’ 2021 home opener is Friday, May 21st against the Chicago Dogs at Shaw Park.
For information on 2021 Goldeyes season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group tickets, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com