Point star pitcher Cameron Seiwert signs to play in USPBL

Published 11:10 am Friday, May 17, 2024

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Cameron Seiwert was the most dominant pitcher in the Southern States Athletic Conference in 2024. Now, Seiwert is getting the opportunity to dominate at the next level as he signed with the Westside Wooly Mammoths out of the United Shore Professional Baseball League. 

The USPBL is a developmental league based in Michigan that was founded in 2016. The league quickly became a factory for MLB prospects, having 52 players signed from the USPBL since 2016. 

Seiwert has flown under the radar in the past, but the Mammoths sought him out and made him a priority. 

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“They contacted me the first week of the spring after I pitched against CIU,” Seiwert said. “That’s the first professional offer I’ve ever gotten. The conversation went well. I was really ecstatic about it.” 

Taylor Grzelakowski is the manager of the Mammoths, and he kept in contact with Seiwert from day one. Grzelakowski and the rest of the coaching staff kept in contact with Seiwert throughout his final season with Point University. 

Seiwert just arrived in Michigan, and he has not met his new coaching staff yet. However, Seiwert already believes that he has built a foundational relationship with his new coaches. 

“I actually just got up here last night at like 11 P.M. I haven’t even met him in person yet,” Seiwert said. “Just from talking to him, I know that he cares about his players and goes out of his way to make sure we’re all good. That definitely influenced me and helped me put my mind at ease.” 

The Mammoths have been one of the better teams in the USPBL. In 2023, the Mammoths saw four players get signed to the MLB. The team advanced to the championship last year, and Seiwert believes the Mammoths give him the best chance to develop as an athlete. 

“They actually went to the championship game in this league last year,” Seiwert said. “They’ve had some success in this league, and the coaches must be doing something right because the players have been getting signed.” 

Seiwert’s dream has always been to play in the MLB, and he may eventually have the chance to do that. Seiwert is not eager to start looking ahead. 

Seiwert is solely focused on developing in the USPBL and helping his new team win baseball games. 

“I’m grateful and just thankful that God gave me this opportunity,” Seiwert said. “I’m just going to run with it and worry about getting the job done here before I look ahead.” 

Playing in the USPBL is going to be a totally new experience for Seiwert. Seiwert had not received much if any attention from professional teams in the past, and now he has to adjust to the differences with baseball at the professional level. 

The Mammoths and the USPBL play on fields similar to minor league fields. That will be an adjustment, but Seiwert still expects to play his game and not focus too much on the differences. 

“It’s definitely a step up in baseball, but I’m not going to change too much,” Seiwert said. “I just want to stay level-headed and just do the same routine I’ve been doing.” 

Seiwert’s final season with the Skyhawks was one for the record books. Seiwert finished with an 11-2 record on the mound in 14 starts. 

Seiwert finished with a 4.06 earned run average, a 1.34 walks and hits per inning and he struck out more than 10 batters per nine innings. Those statistics led to Seiwert being named the SSAC Pitcher of the Year. 

“It was amazing,” Seiwert said. “I was ineligible two years ago, and last year we didn’t really have the season we wanted to have. I just wanted to come in this season and make a statement.”

“I’m used to flying under the radar. It was kind of nice at the end of the year to get some recognition at that level,” Seiwert added. 

Point’s season ended early in the postseason. Seiwert lost his final start of the season, and now he has a chip on his shoulder heading into the next level. 

Seiwert has seen growth as an athlete throughout his career at Point, but his personal growth has been possibly more important. Seiwert credits the Skyhawks for helping him improve spiritually. Seiwert also grew closer to his teammates this season and built bonds that he expects to last a lifetime. 

“I’ve really been trying not to stress too much about all the little things,” Seiwert said. “I just wanted to go out there and play baseball. It was kind of like a family. We were teammates, but at the end of the day these were my brothers. I’ll love them until I go six feet under.”