The Southern Illinois Miners announce that they have signed experienced right-handed pitcher Zac Westcott, adding a dependable arm to their staff for the upcoming season.
The 28-year old is no stranger to the Frontier League, having pitched for the Windy City ThunderBolts from 2016-18. His final season with the 'Bolts in 2018 was his best one, as he earned mid-season All-Star honors by going 7-8 with a 3.54 ERA, a Frontier League-best 121 strikeouts, and just 36 walks in 132 1/3 innings pitched. The 132 2/3 innings tied for second in the league that year as well. The season before, also as a starter in 2017, Westcott posted an 8-5 record, 4.24 ERA, 88 strikeouts, and 36 walks in 114 2/3 innings pitched.
Most-recently, the Weston, Florida native saw time in 2019 with the Milwaukee Milkmen of the American Association and the Ottawa Champions of the former Can-Am League. With the Champions, he posted a 3.54 ERA in eight starts along with 44 strikeouts and only 10 walks in 53 1/3 innings pitched.
In addition, Westcott has also pitched for Southern Maryland in the Atlantic League as well as both Lincoln and St. Paul in the American Association during a five-year professional career that began in 2015 after he completed his college career at Nova Southeastern University. Entering the 2020 season, he has amassed 31 victories in 142 career games and 67 starts, 16 of which have come in the Frontier League. The right-hander also owns a 3.92 career ERA, and 461 strikeouts against 164 walks in 553 2/3 innings pitched.
"I am very excited to add Zac to our rotation," Miners manager Mike Pinto said. "He has proven success in the Frontier League as a consistent, durable performer and top-of-rotation starter. His work ethic and preparation to win will be a great addition to our staff."
The Southern Illinois Miners are the Frontier League's most-successful franchise since debuting in 2007, winning the 2012 Frontier League Championship as well as division titles in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499. For additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.