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2 ex-panther pitchers make MLB debuts

Left to right: Nick Vespi and Peter Strzelecki.

Photo by Palm Beach State College

Two Palm Beach State College alumni joined Major League Baseball teams this spring: relief pitchers Nick Vespi of the Baltimore Orioles and Peter Strzelecki of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Vespi pitched for PBSC in 2015 and was drafted that year in the 18th round. He signed with the Orioles and worked his way up through the minor leagues until he received an invitation to spring training with the Orioles this year.

He made his major-league debut May 20 and, after a time back with AAA Norfolk, returned to the Orioles on June 3.

PBSC’s head baseball coach, Kyle Forbes, says: “Nick was a great pitcher for the Panthers and was a very solid teammate as well. He has certainly earned this promotion to the major leagues, and we are so proud of him.”

Strzlecki pitched for PBSC during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, then played for the University of South Florida in 2017 and 2018. This year he was called up May 30 from the Nashville Sounds, the Brewers’ AAA affiliate, and made his big-league debut June 2. He briefly returned to Nashville, then was recalled June 11.

He posted an overall record of seven wins, five losses and eight saves in the minor leagues with an earned run average of 3.72.

While at PBSC, Vespi, Strzlecki and their teammates won the 2015 Southern Conference championship.

Vespi and Strzlecki join 15 other PBSC baseball alumni to have made it to the major leagues. To learn more about the baseball program, visit


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