Chris Erwin comes back to Gary for his second season with the RailCats in 2022, his third in professional baseball. Having split time between the starting rotation and the bullpen in 2021, Erwin posted a 3-5 record with a team-best 3.09 earned run average, 44 strikeouts, and one save over 52.1 innings. Of his 14 appearances, nine were starts, which tied for third on the pitching staff.
Prior to his professional career, Erwin elected to play collegiately at Kennesaw State University rather than sign with the Minnesota Twins, who drafted him in the 28th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. There, he made an impact right away and became a two-way standout. In 2014, he made the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Freshman Team and followed that up with a spot on the All-Conference Second Team the following year. He also earned the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week Award on May 18, 2015, after tying the KSU single-game strikeout record (15). Erwin finished his senior season in 2017 by leading the conference with a .405 batting average and setting career highs in doubles (14), slugging percentage (.510), and on-base percentage (.441) while posting a 4.15 earned run average.
Erwin made his professional debut in 2019 with the Sussex County Miners, then of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball. Later that year, the Frontier League’s Florence Freedom purchased his contract. As most professional leagues shut down in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Erwin made his way to the Baseball Brilliance of the one-season Yinzer Baseball Confederacy based in Washington, PA.