The Fayetteville SwampDogs have added two pitchers to their 2019 roster. Matt Bradley and Christian Wingard will report to the Swamp at the end of this month.
Bradley appeared as both a starting and relief pitcher in 2019 for Carson Newman, where he surpassed his previous career high in strikeouts with 64. Bradley also pitched a career-high 55 innings while saving eight games for the Eagles. During his freshman season in 2018, Bradley recorded the third-lowest ERA in program history, posting a 2.14 clip in 33.2 innings pitched. For his efforts, Bradley was named to the 2018 SAC All-Tournament Team.
"Matt is another guy that brings a live arm and experience to our staff," said SwampDogs head coach, David Anderson. "After an exceptional freshman year he is at the top of his rotation this season. He is very athletic on the mound and looks to attack hitters with a movement fastball. I expect Matt to have a great summer with us!"
Wingard who is a lefty specialist made eight appearances before giving up his first run in 2019, and has allowed just five all season in 13 appearances. Wingard has allowed only six hits and struck out 11 for Millersville as well. At Millersburg High School, Wingard earned 11 varsity letters and helped his team to a district championship in 2016.
"Christian is coming off a freshman campaign where he led the team in appearances and is poised to have a big role again this year', added Anderson about Wingard. "He's a tough lefty that is a bulldog on the mound. He also has the ability to fulfill multiple roles on our staff and is a great addition for us!"
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.