Fayetteville, N.C. — The Fayetteville SwampDogs saw six alumni drafted in the 2017 MLB Draft this week. Nick Maton (2016), Bligh Madris (2015), Austin Upshaw (2015), Kodi Whitley (2014-15), Nic Perkins (2017), and Tyler Coolbaugh (2014) all had their names called this week and now can continue their baseball careers with the goal of rising through the minors and reaching the Major Leagues.
Nick Maton, a shortstop, was drafted in the 7th round by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Bligh Madris will join the Pirates organization after being selected in the 9th round as an outfielder.
First baseman Austin Upshaw will join the reigning world champions Chicago Cubs after being selected in the 13th round.
Kodi Whittley will try and one day play underneath the Arch following his 27th round pick by the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher.
Nic Perkins, who was recognized by the fans at The Swamp prior to last night’s 6-3 win, was drafted in the 28th round prior to last night’s game to join the Nationals organization as a catcher.
Finally, Tyler Coolbaugh, was selected in the 36th round on Wednesday, joining Perkins within the Beltway as a Baltimore Orioles draft pick.
Future MLB draft hopefuls here in Fayetteville return to Coastal Plain League play Friday night for Military Appreciation night at The Swamp as the SwampDogs play host to the Tobs. First pitch is at 7:05.