Date of Birth: 01/30/1991
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 215 lbs
College Experience: East Stroudsburg University
Resides: Allentown, PA
The 2018 season marks Ernst's 5th season in professional baseball, first with the Explorers.
Ernst began his professional career in 2013 after signing with the American Association’s Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks after going undrafted out of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Ernst turned in a successful rookie campaign in 2013, compiling a 7-2 record with a 4.34 ERA in 13 starts. Following the 2013 season, Ernst was named to the Baseball America Independent Leagues Top 25 Prospects as the number 11 prospect among all independent teams. The right-hander would go on to pitch for Fargo-Moorhead in 214 before pitching the 2015 and 2016 seasons for the New Jersey Jackals of the Can-Am League. For his professional career, Ernst owns a 32-23 record with 3 complete games and 1 shutout. In 414.2 career innings pitched, Ernst has compiled 333 strikeouts to just 197 walks.
Ernst enjoyed a stellar collegiate career at East Stroudsburg University where he became the first player in PSAC history with 200 strikeouts as a pitcher and 200 hits at the plate while being named as a three-time All-PSAC selection and a two-time All-Region selection. As a senior, Ernst was a semifinalist for the Josh Willingham Award as the Division II MVP after going 5-2 with a 2.70 ERA and compiling 88 strikeouts in 66.2 innings pitched. Ernst currently ranks in the top 10 in 16 career and season statistical categories at East Stroudsburg University.