The Fayetteville SwampDogs have announced the signing of two new right-handed pitchers for the 2019 season. Tulane's Krishna Raj and Adelphi's Max Steele are the two newest members as announced by the team on Wednesday.
Raj, a freshman from Wellington, Fla., will provide a versatile arm to head coach David Anderson's squad this summer. The righty has appeared in 17 games for the Green Wave, making six starts thus far in his freshman campaign. In 43 innings, Raj has struck out 31 batters and has recorded one save.
"Krishna is a very talented freshman that has a chance to contribute right away," Anderson said. "He throws a hard sinker that will be very tough on hitters this summer, and has the ability to help us in multiple roles. We're very excited about what Krishna brings to the table for us this summer."
Steele, a sophomore from Miller Place, N.Y., will be a useful weapon out of the bullpen for the SwampDogs. Steele is averaging about one strikeout per inning in 2019 with the Panthers, and has allowed just six extra-base hits in 17.2 innings. As a freshman in 2018, Steele pitched 32.2 innings and accumulated a 3.31 ERA. The performance earned him NE10 All-Rookie Team honors.
"Max is another live arm who features a fastball with plus movement and off speed to go with it," Anderson said. "Max is going to be a big part of our staff."
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.