Awtry, Tate sign professional contracts

Published 9:28 am Friday, June 23, 2023

Awtry signs with Lincoln Saltdogs, Tate with Gateway Grizzlies
JOHNSON CITY – A pair of ETSU baseball alums have signed professional contracts as Marshall Awtry (Wilmington, Del.) inked a deal with the Lincoln Saltdogs and Nathaniel Tate (Manchester, Tenn.) signed with the Gateway Grizzlies.
Awtry, who spent this past 2023 season as a catcher with the Buccaneers, has played in three games for the Saltdogs. The Wilmington, Del. native is hitting .375 (3-8) with one home run, one RBI and two walks. Awtry recorded his first hit in his debut back on June 14 against Lake Country, while he went 2-for-3 with the home run and a walk on June 18 against Sioux City. Awtry has reached base in all three games with the Saltdogs.
The Lincoln Saltdogs are a professional baseball team based in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Saltdogs are in the American Association of Professional Baseball, an official Partner League of Major League Baseball.
This past season at ETSU, Awtry played in 24 games with 18 starts, including 17 behind the plate. Awtry registered 13 hits, five home runs, three doubles and one triple, while scoring nine runs and driving in 11.
Tate made his debut with the Grizzlies last night where he tossed three innings with five strikeouts in relief against the Florence Y’alls. The right-handed hurler allowed one hit and one unearned run.
The Gateway Grizzlies are a professional baseball team based in the St. Louis suburb of Sauget, Illinois. The Grizzlies are a member of the West Division of the Frontier League, which is a partner league of Major League Baseball.
Tate is coming off a historic season with the Bucs as he landed first team all-Southern Conference honors after going 9-4 with a 3.56 ERA in 16 starts. The Manchester, Tenn. native tossed 93.2 innings and have five complete games, including three shutouts. Tate posted 97 strikeouts to just 44 walks and had a .212 opponent batting average. Tate broke the SoCon league record for most Pitcher of the Week honors with seven and Pitcher of the Week awards in a single season with five. In addition, Tate earned two Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week awards on April 24 and May 15.
For his career, Tate went 21-12 with 10 saves and a 3.89 ERA in 72 appearances (29 starts). Tate also recorded 246 strikeouts.

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