The Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today announced the signing of former Columbia University lefthander David Speer, who begins his first season with the Ducks and seventh in professional baseball.
The southpaw enjoyed a stellar four-year collegiate career at Columbia University. In his final year, the Ivy League named Speer as Pitcher of the Year in 2014, and overall, he amassed an 18-7 record with a 3.00 ERA, six shutouts, and 198 strikeouts in 231 innings over 44 contests (35 starts).
Thusly, Cleveland selected him in the 27th round of the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft.
The 28-year-old pitch in 33 games (four starts) combined with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus in 2019. He went 3-3 with a 2.06 ERA with two saves and 44 strikeouts over 56.2 innings. Before the season, Speer earned an invitation to Cleveland’s Major League spring training camp.
Speer spent the first six campaigns of his career in the Cleveland organization, reaching the Triple-A level on three occasions (2016, 2017, and 2019). He sports an overall record of 24-16 with a 2.93 ERA over 221 appearances (10 starts).
“David has a terrific arm and is a welcome addition to our pitching staff,” Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff said in a press release. “He has posted strong numbers throughout his minor league career.”
Growing up in nearby Westport, Conn., Speer said he is thrilled with the opportunity to showcase his pitching abilities in the competitive Atlantic League and for the Flock faithful.
“I am very excited to be joining the Ducks, and I can’t wait to get back on the mound and continue pursuing my dream,” Speer said. “As a local kid growing up in Connecticut, I got to see the high quality of baseball that the Atlantic League, and the Ducks, in particular, bring to the table each year. I’m looking forward to getting back on the field with the Ducks.”
— Jerry Del Priore
(Photo: Long Island Ducks).