The Fayetteville SwampDogs have announced the addition of three exciting position players set to hit the field at The Swamp in late May. Infielder Brandon Talley and outfielders Pearce Howard and Cameron Phelts are the newest members of the 2019 SwampDogs. Talley, a junior at Grayson College, brings a middle-of-the-order power threat to Fayetteville. The Princeton, Texas native has hit .321 with nine home runs thus far in 2019. His 50 runs batted in tie him for 14th in all of NJCAA. Talley is also listed as an outfielder, which gives the SwampDogs extra depth if need be.
"(Talley) has a great approach at the plate to go along with plus power," said SwampDogs head coach David Anderson. "He will be a force in the middle of the lineup and provides athleticism for us at first base. Fans at The Swamp will enjoy watching him swing the bat." Howard, a sophomore at the University of New Orleans, has had a steady season for the Pioneers. A .281 average understates his production, as Howard has hit 11 doubles on the year and leads the Privateers in slugging percentage at .484. The Silver Springs, Md. product has also driven in 22 runs, good for second for UNO.
"Pearce is a player that we think SwampDogs fans will be excited to watch every night. He had a great freshman season," Anderson said. "With his stellar play in the outfield last season he also brings a lot to our defense." Phelts, a junior at Texas College, has put together an eye-popping 2019 campaign. His electrifying speed allows him to get on base nearly half the time, and he's swiped 32 bags this season. From Layton, Utah, Phelts has hit .395 throughout his college tenure but also brings a patient approach to the plate. His 32 walks in 46 games this year amount to nearly all of his walks combined between his freshman and sophomore seasons (40).
"Cam is one of the most exciting players that I've been around," said Anderson. "He is a plus defender with a great arm and plus speed. He also provides us with versatility at the plate as a switch hitter who can bunt for hits as well as hit for some power. He's a 'wow' player who can change the game both offensively and defensively."
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. The SwampDogs are a member of the Coastal Plain League. Heading into its 23rd season in 2019, the CPL features 16 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 116 alums – including 2017 American League Champion Series Most Valuable Player, 2017 World Series champion, 2011 American League MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, as well as 2017 National League.