UW-L's Joel Effertz signs with Marlins

LA CROSSE, Wis. - As of last Monday, UW-La Crosse pitcher Joel Effertz had yet to receive a hard contract offer from the team that drafted him in the 28th round. Now, he's officially a Miami Marlin.

What changed?

"I think the opportunity the La Crosse Loggers gave me really helped out," he said.

Effertz was pitching in the Loggers' bullpen after a college career that spanned four schools: Arizona, Virginia, Madison College and UW-La Crosse.

"I really just want to give a shout-out to the coaching staff at U-W-L," he said. "I was pretty excited and pumped up when I got that call on Wednesday."


Miami is the third team to draft Effertz, who said he flies from Minneapolis to Jupiter, Florida for Rookie League on Monday.

"It's definitely a dream come true."

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