Four former Privateers set to begin 2021 season in minors

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Eric Orze
Eric Orze

NEW ORLEANS – After the 2020 Minor League season was wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 season starts tonight across different leagues. Four former Privateers will represent Opening Day rosters for their respective clubs.

Eric Orze, who was the most recent to be drafted by the New York Mets in 2020, will make his debut in High-A with the Brooklyn Cyclones. Orze, a cancer survivor, was selected in the fifth round of the draft last summer. He had a 2.75 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 19.2 innings for the Privateers in ’20 before the rest of the season was canceled.

Bryan Warzek and Shawn Semple will both begin in Double-A for their respective clubs. Warzek is on the roster for the Tulsa Drillers while Semple will pitch for the Somerset Patriots. Warzek was a sixth round draft pick of the Dodgers while Semple was taken in the 11th round by the Yankees. Both pitchers are in the top ten in program history for strikeouts in a single season.

Warzek had 260 career strikeouts in 246 innings between 2016-18. Both Semple and Warzek were First Team All-Southland selections in 2017 and ’18 respectively.

Reeves Martin will make his 2021 debut with the Everett AquaSox. Martin, who was selected by the Mariners in the 21st round, is the program’s single season and career record holder for saves. Martin had 14 saves in 2019 to set the new program mark.

Martin also earned All-America nods by the NCBWA and College Baseball Foundation. He was the Southland Reliever of the Year as well in a historic 2019 campaign.

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