Baycats Add Much-Needed Pitching Help With Signing of Grieder

by Ryan Eakin

BARRIE - The Barrie Baycats Baseball Club announced today that we have signed starting pitcher Andrew Grieder for the remainder of the 2021 season.

Grieder, 25, is fresh off of graduating from Oklahoma Wesleyan University this past spring.

The Spruce Grove, Alberta native appeared in 13 games for the Eagles -- starting in 12 -- while recording an earned run average of 5.47.

The southpaw struck out an impressive 8.03 batters per nine innings in his senior season.

Grieder also pitched for the Lethbridge Bulls of the Western Canadian Baseball League in 2018, starting in nine games with an earned run average of 4.17.

Baycats director of player procurement Dante DeCaria, who recruited Grieder to the Baycats, says he believes the southpaw will greatly help the Baycats' pitching staff.

"We are thrilled to add a left-handed starter who will eat innings and help us win ball games down the stretch.” Andrew is another player who has strong character and adds to our locker room chemistry. He throws five pitches for strikes, has good life and movement on his fastball, and has devastating off-speed stuff. It’s not too often you can add a pitcher who has fastball command and good secondary pitches.” 

Grieder, who is close friends with recent-signing David LeBlanc, says he is ecstatic to join the Baycats.

“I am so excited to be a part of the Baycats. I will bring everything I can to help the team win as many games as possible. I work hard, love the game of baseball, and am excited to get out there come this week and dominate for you guys."

We have also signed relievers Evan Kiser and Christian Mullen for the remainder of this season.

Kiser, who pitched in the Northwoods League earlier this summer, will join the Baycats before heading to Bradley University for his senior season.

The 6'3", 220-pound reliever who was a Baycat in 2018, pitched for the Guelph Royals in 2019 after being traded from the Baycats in exchange for Jon Waltenbury.

Mullen has most recently pitched for the Newmarket Hawks of the GTBL.

Lastly, we have released catcher Parker Walker.

The Baycats would like to thank Walker for what he did for this team during his time with our franchise.

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