Effertz returns for a second season in Madison after posting a 3.86 ERA over two games last summer. He transferred from the University of Arizona to Madison College this year. Effertz was a four-year letter winner for Ladysmith High School.
Said Mallards Field Manager Greg Labbe, “Joe will be a different guy for us this summer. He is the big, strong, bodied right-handed pitcher who people would expect to see in our league. He has a three pitch repertoire, and a fastball that can sit in the low 90’s. He has matured a lot, and I would expect to see him make a huge impact as either a starter or late in the game as a closer.”