Former Mizzou Tiger, Strikeout Artist Joins Monarchs

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Jacob Cantleberry has struck out batters everywhere he’s been, from the Missouri Tigers to the Dodgers system. His next stop is with the Kansas City Monarchs.

The Monarchs have signed Cantleberry for the 2024 season, the club announced Friday.

Cantleberry, 26, is entering his fifth pro season in 2024. A former Dodgers prospect, he pitched with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers in 2022 and 2023.

The Greenwood, Indiana native sports an impressive 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings in his professional career.

“Jacob definitely has swing-and-miss material,” Monarchs manager Joe Calfapietra said. “We feel that he has the potential to be a high-strikeout guy. We’re looking forward to getting him into camp and seeing his stuff.”

The Monarchs open their 2024 season May 10 on the road. Their home opener is May 16 at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas.

Cantleberry was Missouri’s primary Friday night starter in 2019, posting a 4.73 ERA and striking out 97 batters, which ranked 13th in the SEC. He earned NJCAA All-American honors at San Jacinto College before heading to Mizzou.

The Dodgers drafted Cantleberry in the 13th round in 2019, moving him to the bullpen. He impressed in his debut season that year, earning a 1.03 ERA in 19 games in the Arizona and Pioneer leagues.

After sitting out 2020 due to the pandemic, Cantleberry made his Class A and High-A debuts in 2021. He was part of a combined no-hitter in July 2021 while with High-A Great Lakes.

Cantleberry cracked Double-A for the first time in 2022, with Tulsa. He began the 2023 season with the Drillers, making two appearances before being released.

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About the Kansas City Monarchs

The Kansas City Monarchs are a professional baseball team in the American Association, an MLB Partner League. 2024 will be their 21st season at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. In 2020, the team partnered with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and changed their name from the T-Bones to the Monarchs in honor of the legendary Negro League franchise that played from 1920 to 1965. This year, the Monarchs and the museum are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Negro League World Series, won by the Monarchs in 1924.

About the American Association

The American Association of Professional Baseball is an MLB Partner League that began play in 2006. Teams in the league are not affiliated with any one MLB organization. The league consists of 12 teams located primarily in the Midwest and the Great Lakes regions of the United States. Its season runs from May to September and features players who are looking to showcase their talents for a chance to be signed by a major-league team.