Fayetteville, N.C. – – – – The Fayetteville SwampDogs have announced the signing of East Tennessee State University junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Simpler (Lewes, Del.) to the 2017 pitching staff.
In 2016, Simpler appeared in 27 total games while making five starts on the mound. He pitched the second-most innings on the staff (62.2) and struck out 72 batters in his sophomore campaign. He averaged a team-best 1.6 strikeouts per inning and posted an opposing batting average of .261.
Simpler is no stranger to summer baseball. His 2016 summer season was spent with the Pittsfield Suns (MA) where he saw action in 10 games with six starts. Over 49.2 innings, Simpler fanned 45 batters while only allowing 11 free passes, with a 3.26 ERA.
During his freshman season with the Buccaneers, Simpler threw 55 strikeouts in 61.1 innings pitched. He played in a total of 20 contests with nine starts on the bump and tallied a second-best 2.75 strikeout to walk ratio. He struck out at least one batter in 19 out of his 20 appearances and did not surrender an earned run in six of them.
“Ryan has very good strikeout stuff and had a lot of success this past summer,” said SwampDogs head coach Matt Hollod. “He is looking to play a key role this spring as one of the teams weekend starters. His role with us will be determined after the spring season, but he will be able to help us as either a starter or reliever.”
Be sure to stay tuned during the remainder of the off-season as we continue to periodically announce our new members of the 2017 Fayetteville SwampDogs!
About the SwampDogs: The Fayetteville SwampDogs enter their 17th season playing in the Coastal Plain League in 2017. The SwampDogs are one of the most successful franchises in the league’s history, making the Petitt Cup Playoffs eight times in the past 11 seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast over 100 alumni taken in the draft and have produced seven 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 the team website at www.goswampdogs.com and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @GoSwampDogs. Be sure to also like us on Facebook at Fayetteville SwampDogs Baseball. Where baseball is fun!
About the Coastal Plain League: The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 21st season in 2017, the CPL features 15 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 81 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.