Jordan Christiansen | Posted: 31 Jul 2020 | Updated: 24 Feb 2021

Sterner Inks Deal with Miami Marlins

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Sterner signed Marlins

PROVO, Utah – BYU baseball pitcher Justin Sterner signed a free agent deal with the Miami Marlins on Thursday.

Sterner, a right-hander out of Laguna Niguel, California, ranks fourth all-time at BYU with a career earned run average of 2.86, the best ERA posted by a Cougar in since a 2.60 ERA by Mike Tucker from 1976-78. Sterner also ranks ninth in the BYU career record books with a 9.21 strikeout per nine innings average and a 1.31 WHIP.

"I couldn't be happier that Justin has this opportunity," BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. "He's been a great leader for us the past few years and the anchor of our staff. He's done nothing but get better and better every day and I know he'll be great at the next level."

In his recently completed shortened junior year this past spring, Sterner posted a 2.53 ERA in four starts with 24 strikeouts. In the Cougars' WCC championship campaign in 2019, Sterner led the team in wins and strikeouts, going 8-3 with 71 strikeouts and a 2.92 ERA.

Sterner is the second Cougar to sign a free agent deal, joining fellow pitcher Jarod Lessar who signed with the New York Yankees in June.