The Fayetteville SwampDogs are thrilled to announce the signing of Dillon Brown and Jairus Richards, teammates at Cal State Fullerton, for the 2018 season.
Brown is entering his sophomore season after an impressive opening act with the Titans. The 6-3, 210 lb right-hander appeared on the mound 14 times in 2017, striking out 11 over 22.2 innings. Working mostly out of the bullpen, the Santa Ana, California native posted a 1-1 record to go with 1 save and an earned run average of 3.18.
At this point in the 2018 season, Brown has appeared in eight games, fanning eight over 12.1 innings. His 0.73 ERA leads the team.
"I expect Dillon to come in and play a big role for us this summer," said SwampDogs head coach Matt Hollod. "We will see how things play out, but he can potentially turn into a starter for us, or remain in the bullpen like he is doing at Fullerton. He's a ground ball pitcher with a very good changeup."
Richards is heading into his first year at Cal State Fullerton after transferring from Cabrillo College. Originally from Gig Harbor, Washington, Richards spent two seasons at Cabrillo, posting impressive numbers at the plate. The 6-0, 165 lb outfielder hit .333 with 2 home runs and 26 runs batted in last season, and he possesses the classic combination of a righty arm and a lefty bat.
"Jairus is a very smart player, and good all around," continued Hollod. "Jairus is exactly the type of player we like to have on our team. He will be a tough out at the plate, will be a threat on the bases, and play good defense. He should be a huge factor for us."
The SwampDogs are excited to have two talented players from the Titans, who were recently ranked #10 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association after coming up just short of the College World Series Finals last year.
The SwampDogs' season kicks off Tuesday, May 29, at J.P. Riddle Stadium.