FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – With Major League Baseball’s spring training schedule underway and the start of the season less than a month away, six former Fayetteville SwampDogs are in major league camps vying for a roster spot.
David Aardsma (2001, Los Angeles Dodgers); Carter Capps (2010, Miami Marlins); Andy Dirks (2005, Toronto Blue Jays); Michael McKenry (2005, Colorado Rockies); Mark Reynolds (2003, St. Louis Cardinals); and Kevin Quackenbush (2008, San Diego Padres) all look to break camp with their respective teams at the end of the month.
“We are both very proud of and excited for all these guys to be having the success they enjoy,” said SwampDogs General Manager Jeremy Aagard. “As an organization we’re honored that we got to be a part of their careers.”
The six alumni on spring training rosters across the MLB is the third-highest number out of 16 current and former Coastal Plain League teams represented. The league boasts 61 alumni in spring training right now, with 43 of those players already having debuted in the major leagues.
All six SwampDogs alumni in spring training have debuted in the major leagues, with the most recent being Quackenbush, who appeared in his first game with the Padres on April 25, 2014.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are in their 15th season playing in the Coastal Plain League. The SwampDogs are one of the most successful franchises in the league’s history, making the Petitt Cup Playoffs seven times in the past nine seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast 84 alumni taken in the draft and have produced seven players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball. The SwampDogs open their season on Tuesday, May 26th with a 7:05 pm tilt with the Morehead City Marlins at J.P. Riddle Stadium. To reserve your seats for the 2015 Summer of Fun or for more information, call the SwampDogs offices at 910-426-5900.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 19th season in 2015, the CPL features 15 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. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 75 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.