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Former Husky Marzi’s contract purchased by Twins

The former UConn pitcher gets a second chance with an MLB organization.

Photo courtesy of UConn Athletics (Stephen Slade)

For the past two seasons, former UConn Huskies pitcher and Berlin, Connecticut native Anthony Marzi has pitched close to home for the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. But now, Marzi will get another chance to impress a Major League Baseball organization.

Due to injuries with their Single-A club in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the Minnesota Twins have purchased the contract of Marzi from the Bees. It’s expected that Marzi will step into the Cedar Rapids Kernels rotation.

Marzi was undrafted out of UConn after the 2014 season but signed with the New York Yankees in the winter of 2015. He pitched six games for the Yankees Gulf Coast League team where he allowed just three hits in 7 13 innings over six appearances.

After being released by the Yankees in March of 2016, he tried out for the Bees and made the club out of their spring training. In two seasons for the side from hard-hitting New Britain, Marzi has a 10-6 record, 2.94 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 147 innings. He was 5-5 with a 2.84 ERA in 12 starts this season.

Marzi is best known for his performance in the 2013 Big East Championship Game against Notre Dame, where Marzi, a junior at UConn at the time, threw nine innings and allowed one run on four hits in a 8-1 win.