The Fayetteville SwampDogs have announced the next two players on their 2019 roster. Both players come from the University of Missouri and one has Major League Baseball ties.
Jake Matheny will join the Fayetteville SwampDogs filling the catcher position on the 2019 team. Matheny is the son of a former MLB catcher. Matheny's father, Mike Matheny, played for 13 seasons and won four Gold Gloves behind the plate. He went on to manage the St. Louis Cardinals from 2012-2018.
Jake Matheny is a junior who joined Missouri this year after playing at San Jacinto CC, hitting .333 with 45 runs scored, 14 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 43 RBIs in 53 games.
"Jake is a proven hitter. He will be a force at the plate for us this summer and will be a middle of the order type of bat," SwampDogs Head coach David Anderson said. "He had a great year at San Jacinto last summer and will bring a lot of experience to our team behind the plate as well. Jake will be a big part of what we do."
Joining Matheny is his battery mate, pitcher, and sophomore Luke Anderson. As a freshman, Anderson made 11 appearances for the Tigers and only allowed 14 hits over 10 innings and recorded a save.
"We are very lucky to have Luke this summer. Luke is a very talented arm that comes to the field each day ready to work. He has top-notch stuff and knows how to attack hitters," said Anderson. "Luke is another arm that could fit many roles on our staff and contribute in a lot of ways."
Matheny and Anderson join Cam Coursey and Nick Barnes for the 2019 season. The SwampDogs begin their 19th summer of fun on May 28th, as they host Catawba Valley. Season tickets, bundled tickets and group tickets are on sale now. Single game tickets go on sale, May 1st.