Three former Mountain Hawks begin 2021 minor league seasons

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BETHLEHEM, PA. – After missing all of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. minor league baseball season kicked off Tuesday night when three former Lehigh baseball players entered their minor league seasons in their respective organizations began.

Right-handers Mark Washington, Levi Stoudt and Jason Reynolds each began their minor league trips on Tuesday night for three different organizations.

Washington, a 2017 MLB selection draft, began its 2021 season with Los Angeles Dodgers Double-A partner Tulsa Drillers. Both 2019 draft picks: Stoudt kicks off his season with the Seattle Mariners high-A partner Everett AquaSox, while Reynolds works with the San Diego Padres low-A partner Lake Elsinore Storm.

Washington has worked his way up through the Dodgers system throughout his career, playing for two teams in 2017 and 2018, and ending a solid season in 2019 with the Great Lakes Loons in A-Ball who finished 4-1 with 2.97 ERA in 20 games , Strike out 43 and go 19 in 39.1 innings. In a three-year minor league career, he’s 8-5 with an ERA of 3.10 in 47 appearances, with 102 spikes and 42 walks in 104.2 innings.

Stoudt missed all of 2019 due to an operation on Tommy John and most of the rehabilitation in 2020 until he appeared in the Mariners Fall League and dominated the opposition. He starts this season as one of the organization’s most talked about pitching prospects, currently ranked 14th in the Mariners system by MLB Pipeline. Stoudt is Seattle’s eighth highest prospect pitcher and will start the year in Everett. On his way to the big leagues, he seems to be rising quickly through the system.

Reynolds will be looking to improve his 2019 numbers with the Tri City Dust Devils in the short season A-ball. He went 2-4 in 12 games, made six starts and knocked out 28 batters. He has a fresh start on a new team in 2021 with Lake Elsinore.

The Mountain Hawks are well represented in professional baseball this season and could potentially add three more names to the pool by the end of summer as current pitchers Mason Black, Matt Svanson and Luke Rettig hope to get their names in July 2021 listen to MLB draft.

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