The Fayetteville SwampDogs are excited to announce the signing Florida Gulf Coast University's Eric Gonzalez, Jay Hayes and Tyler Shuck for the 2018 season.
Gonzalez is a versatile defender who has the ability to play second base, shortstop, third base and outfield. The Miami native is in his first year at FGCU after transferring from ASA College Miami, where he hit .277 with a .404 on-base percentage in 2017. Since joining the Eagles, the 5-9, 179 lb. junior is batting .297 with five home runs across 30 starts.
"Eric gives us a lot of versatility with the multiple positions he can play," said SwampDogs head coach Matt Hollod. "He plays everyday at second for the Eagles but can play the entire left side of the infield along with centerfield. He has a nice combination of power and speed to his game that will fit nicely in our lineup."
Hayes, an outfielder from Altamonte Springs, Florida, is also having a terrific year for the Eagles in 2018. The redshirt-junior has posted a .287 batting average, knocked in 30 runs, and hit four home runs so far this season. The 6-0, 219 lb. righty has been equally impressive in the field, boasting 276 putouts.
"Jay will be able to help us at both first base and in the outfield," said Hollod. "He brings a very solid bat with some pop to continue to add depth in our lineup. He should be consistently in the middle of our order."
Rounding out the trio of Eagles is Shuck, a freshman at FGCU. With a 6-3, 209 lb. frame, Shuck has the ability to pitch and play the infield, with most of his work this season coming out of the bullpen. The Cape Coral native, who won two state championships at Canterbury High School, has struck out 15 through 14 innings on the mound.
"Tyler is a true two-way player with a little more upside offensively," continued Hollod. "He's playing behind a very good 3B and this summer he will be fresh and able to make an immediate impact in the lineup and on the mound."
The SwampDogs look forward to this talented group joining the team this summer. The season is set to begin in just a few short weeks, with the first game slated for May 29 at The Swamp!