Pitchers Grant Goodman and Dan Ludwig have been added to the Bellingham Bells pitching staff. Goodman, a right-handed pitcher for University of San Francisco, and Ludwig, a left-handed pitcher for Belmont University, will join the team for summer 2014.
Goodman, a 6’3” freshman from Burlingame, Calif., was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 35th round of the 2013 MLB Draft. He chose to attend University of San Francisco in lieu of entering the big leagues. As a senior at Burlingame High School in 2013, Goodman went 5-2 with a team-best 1.52 ERA. He was named to the Peninsula Athletic League All-Bay Division First Team in 2013 and in 2012, was named Peninsula Athletic League Pitcher of the Year following an undefeated season.
“What we are most excited about with Grant is his mental makeup and confidence,” said Bells general manager Nick Caples. “He is a terrific competitor, as evidenced by him earning a spot in the starting rotation at USF as a true freshman. It is guys like Grant that will make his teammates better by pushing all of them to compete on a daily basis.”
A 6’2” junior from Naperville, Ill., Ludwig made 20 appearances for the Bruins in 2013, including 14 starts. Going 11-2 on the season, he maintained a 3.83 ERA and struck out 72 batters in 94 innings pitched. Ludwig was named to the 2013 All-Ohio Valley Conference First Team and finished the season with 11 wins—the 14th highest win total of any collegiate pitcher nationally. In his prep career at Naperville Central High School, he was a three-year letterman and finished with an overall record of 26-3 on the mound.
“Simply put, Dan is a winner,” Caples said. “He went 26-3 during his high school career on his way to Louisville Slugger All American honors, and was one of the country’s winningest pitchers in his sophomore season at Belmont. We will look to Dan for some leadership in the clubhouse, as he will be one of the upper classmen on the roster this summer.”