FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – As the 2015 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft wrapped up Wednesday night, six current and former Fayetteville SwampDogs players were selected.
The class was headlined by Austin Mason (Jr./The Citadel), who was drafted in the 17th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Mason is a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher, touching 97 on the radar gun this summer with a devastating slider. Mason is tied for the Coastal Plain League lead in saves, with three.
Another member of the 2015 SwampDogs, left-handed pitcher Hunter Barnett (Jr./Mount Olive) was drafted in the 34th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. Barnett was a key member of the 2014 SwampDogs club, leading the pitching staff by making 19 appearances.
Rounding out the SwampDogs taken in the draft were Adam Walton of the 2013 SwampDogs (20th – Baltimore Orioles), Nick Blackburn of the 2013 SwampDogs (22nd – New York Mets), Drazen Johnson of the 2012 SwampDogs (26th – Colorado Rockies), and Ryan Nagle of the 2013 SwampDogs (27th – Pittsburgh Pirates).
The SwampDogs family would like to congratulate these six young men on being one step closer to their ultimate dreams of becoming Major League Baseball players. We wish them all the best as they embark on their professional careers.
The six players drafted in 2015 bring the total number of Fayetteville SwampDogs drafted to 90 in the 15-year existence of the team.
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 eight times in the past 10 seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast 90 alumni taken in the draft and have produced six players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball including slugger Mark Reynolds and David Aardsma. For more information on the Fayetteville SwampDogs, visit their team website at www.goswampdogs.com and follow us on Twitter @GoSwampDogs and like us on Facebook at Fayetteville SwampDogs Baseball. Where baseball is fun!
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 79 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.