Former Georgia College pitcher Michael Antonini (2006-07) recently signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, reporting to the Double-A affiliate, the Arkansas Travelers.
Based out of Springdale, Arkansas, the Travelers compete in the Texas League. Antonini immediately joined the team’s rotation, making four starts. He owns a 1-1 record and 4.95 ERA with 19 strikeouts in his 20 innings.
Earlier this season, Antonini played for the Bridgeport Bluefish, a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, an independent pro baseball organization. Starting for the Bluefish, he threw in 11 games, winning four and posting a 2.79 ERA and 62 strikeouts in his 67 2/3 innings.
The left-hander was an All-American for the Bobcats in 2006 after transferring from Glouster County College. He went 18-7 with a 3.42 ERA in two seasons in a Georgia College baseball uniform. Antonini struck out 153 batters in his 192 innings as the Bobcats ace. He was selected in the 18th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft by the New York Mets.
He has played parts of six other seasons with various minor league affiliates. He was also called up to the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen in 2012, but he did not enter a game.