Date of Birth: 10/24/1990
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 190 lbs
College Experience: Louisburg College
Resides: Chesterfield, VA
The 2018 season marks Ackerman's 8th season in professional baseball.
Ackerman was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 4th round of the 2010 MLB Draft from Louisburg College. The Cubs selected Ackerman after just one collegiate season where the lefty posted an impressive 1.41 ERA, while surrendering only 38 hits in 57.2 innings pitched. The southpaw racked up 92 strikeouts en route to an 8-1 record. Ackerman made his professional debut at the age of 19 and would spend 3 seasons in the Cubs organization, making it to the short season Single-A level before being released by the Cubs during the 2013 season.
The Chesterfield, VA native has spent the last 4 seasons in independent ball pitching in the Frontier League. Ackerman enjoyed his best professional seasons in 2016 & 2017, pitching for the Evansville Otters, where he transitioned to a full time starter. Ackerman helped lead the Otters to the 2016 Frontier League Championship and was named the Championship Series Most Valuable Player after dominating in the winner-take-all game 5 by pitching 7 2/3 scoreless innings, while allowing just 1 hit and striking out 5 batters. Last season Ackerman owned an 8-6 record in 15 starts, while racking up a career high 88 strikeouts to just 26 walks.