First pitch of the 2019 Coastal Plain League season is right around the corner, and the Fayetteville SwampDogs have added two more players to their roster for the 2019 season. Catcher Gabe Austin and infielder Jackson Webb are the two newest additions to the Fayetteville roster.
Austin, a junior from Summerville, S.C., will join Cam Coursey and Nick Barnes as the third member of the '19 'Dogs from Georgia Gwinnett. After transferring from Florence Darlington Tech, the backstop posted an impressive first season as a Grizzly. In 47 games, Austin hit .360, knocking nine doubles and five home runs. Austin also drove in 29 runs and posted a .992 OPS.
"Gabe is yet another extremely talented and experienced player that we're very lucky to have," SwampDogs head coach David Anderson said. "He does a great job behind the plate and features a plus arm that will be pivotal in shutting down the opponent's running game. He comes from a great program and is a proven leader and winner."
Webb, a redshirt junior hailing from Georgia Tech, has helped will the Yellow Jackets to a potential postseason appearance. The Roswell, Ga. native has been a key piece for Georgia Tech all season, contributing a .347 average over 39 games, which ranks as one of the top marks in the ACC. Webb also adds speed to an already-quick SwampDogs team, as he stole 11 bases for the Jackets in 2019.
"Jackson is going to be a big part of what we do this summer and fans are going to love watching him play. He has the ability to contribute in any facet of the game," said Anderson. "With the ability to hit from both sides of the plate, Jackson gives us great versatility. We're excited to bring a player like him to The Swamp."
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.