FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Coastal Plain League announced the members of its Select Team, with the Fayetteville SwampDogs landing two players on the prestigious team.
Outfielder Sky Overton (Soph./Furman) and right-handed pitcher Kodi Whitley (Soph./Mount Olive) will each suit up for the team comprised of the best players and prospects in the league. The CPL Select team will square off against USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team on Wednesday, June 24th at 3 pm at the USA Baseball Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
A committee comprised of league coaches, league officials and Major League scouts selected the team.
Overton has been the spark plug of the SwampDogs lineup this season, pacing the team in batting average (.373), on-base percentage (.475), and slugging percentage (.510). Overton’s seven doubles are fourth in the CPL.
Whitley has been a rock at the back end of the SwampDogs bullpen, owning a 3-1 record and a 0.87 ERA in six appearances. He has also recorded one save, striking out 13 and not issuing a walk.
SwampDogs head coach Zach Brown and assistant coach Roy Frick will be participating in the exhibition contest as well.
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.