The Fayetteville SwampDogs have rounded out their roster for the 2019 season by adding one left-handed and one right-handed pitcher. John Vanderploeg and Matt Vonderschmidt are the last two pre-season additions to the Fayetteville roster.
Vanderploeg, a left-hander from McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Ill., had a solid freshman campaign. The Sheboygan Falls, Wis. native registered 11 appearances in 2019 and started in all but one. Vanderploeg threw 60.2 innings on the season, and his 100 collegiate strikeouts this year lead all incoming pitchers on the SwampDogs' staff. After his tenure in Fayetteville, Vanderploeg will transfer from McHenry County to Campbell University.
"John is another player we're extremely excited about," SwampDogs head coach David Anderson said. "He's another guy who comes with experience and doesn't shy away from the big moment. He has a very good fastball and great offspeed pitches in his arsenal to compliment it. I look forward to watching him compete and develop." Vonderschmidt, a senior from Piedmont College, served primarily as a late reliever for the Lions in 2019. The righty appeared in 20 games, recording 31 innings and amassing a stellar 1.16 ERA. Vonderschmidt tallied nine saves and 38 strikeouts to boot, making him a valuable relief option for Anderson's SwampDogs this season.
"Matt is a special player that will electrify The Swamp. He has great stuff and is the type of pitcher who has experience in the biggest of spots and truly wants the ball in those spots," Anderson said. "He's a true competitor and will be an asset for us in the back end of the pen."
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.