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CONTACT: JACKSON KAPLAN
Fayetteville, N.C. – – – The Fayetteville SwampDogs have announced the acquisitions of Bethune-Cookman University junior infielder Jameel Edney (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Drury University junior catcher/first baseman Nic Perkins (St. Charles, Mo.) for the 2017 season.
Edney missed just one game for Bethune-Cookman in 2016, starting in 55 contests as a sophomore. He batted .274 on the season with 215 total at-bats, while hitting seven home runs. Edney also tallied a .359 on-base percentage and .423 slugging percentage.
As a freshman, Edney played in 44 games, batting .277 on the season, while driving-in 26 runs. Defensively, Edney started primarily at second base, posting a .931 fielding percentage with 54 putouts and 94 assists.
Before arriving at Drury, Perkins spent his first two collegiate seasons at Ole Miss. In his freshman campaign, Perkins played in 19 games, batting .273 with 12 hits and seven RBIs. Perkins concluded a stand-out junior season at Drury, starting in all 56 games for the Panthers.
Perkins finished third on the team in batting average (.355), second in hits (76), tied for first in doubles (11), second in home runs (8) and first in RBIs (49). He also compiled a .528 slugging percentage, which ranked second on the Drury roster. Defensively, Perkins was first on the DU charts with 444 total putouts and collected a .980 fielding percentage.
“Jameel and Nic have been an everyday infielders this spring and should bring a veteran presence to our infield mix,” said SwampDogs head coach Matt Hollod. “They are guys who play very good defense and hit in the middle of the order.”
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.