It will be a change of breed for University of Albany (N.Y.) pitcher Ryan Stinar this summer. The 6-6, 205-pound Great Dane right-handed hurler signed to play for the Fayetteville SwampDogs this summer.
Stinar, a sophomore, has made seven appearances this season which ties him for the team lead. Between six appearances out of the bullpen and one start, he has tossed 11.1 innings, striking out ten and allowing just nine hits.
As a freshman last year, Stinar earned America East Conference All-Rookie team honors, posting a 3.71 ERA in 34.0 innings pitched and recording a team-high five saves.
Stinar, a Forest Hill, Md. native, is a great athlete – he was the starting quarterback for North Harford High School and was named the school’s most outstanding athlete his senior year. He was also a member of the Maryland State Athletic Association 2012 All-Star Team.
“Ryan is a big arm for us because he is an option as a starter as well as out of the bullpen,” said SwampDogs head coach David Tufo. “That versatility will prove to be valuable this season.”
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, entering their 14th season in the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,100 alumni drafted and 65 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (atwww.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (@CPLBaseball).