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Five SwampDogs Named To 2019 All-Star Showdown

 

by Jordan Lank

Five Fayetteville SwampDogs are headed to Savannah, Ga. as members of the 2019 East Division All-Star Showdown roster.

The 'Dogs will be represented at historic Grayson Stadium by pitchers Jonathan Cole and Matt Bradley, infielders Austin Bost and Jackson Webb, and outfielder Sean McGeehan.

Cole, a right-hander from Franklin & Marshall, has been one of the best starting pitchers in the Coastal Plain League this season. In four starts for the SwampDogs, Cole has hurled 24 innings and amassed a 1.88 ERA, good for second-best in the CPL. Cole has gone at least five innings in each of his starts this year. His signature outing for the 'Dogs thus far was on June 6, when Cole carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Morehead City Marlins.

Bradley, a relief pitcher from Carson Newman, has also had a competitive season on the mound. Over 15.1 innings, Bradley is tied for the league lead in wins with four. Bradley's ability to wiggle out of high-pressure jams has helped him become a reliable option for head coach David Anderson out of the bullpen in middle relief situations.

Bost has had one of the most impactful seasons of any SwampDogs position player to this point. The utility infielder from Texas A&M was voted to the All-Star roster as a third baseman, where he has seen most of his playing time with Fayetteville. Bost's seven doubles tie him for second among all CPL players. Bost drove in nine runs in five games from June 18 to June 22, notching four doubles, one triple and one home run during that stretch.

Webb has been a standout shortstop in the East Division from the time he arrived in Fayetteville from Georgia Tech. His patient approach at the top of the order earned him seven walks on the season, with 10 hits to boot. Webb's five stolen bases are tied for tops among the SwampDogs. However, due to an injury, Webb will be unable to attend the All-Star festivities in Savannah.

McGeehan has been paramount for the SwampDogs offensively. The St. John's product leads the team in home runs with five, which is also tied for second-best in the CPL. McGeehan has hit for extra bases eight times thus far, and has driven in a team-high 18 runs. The 'Dogs' right fielder has walked 10 times and stole three bases, with a .667 slugging percentage as well.

As for the rest of the SwampDogs, they were unable to make the first cut. However, you can vote your favorite SwampDogs to Savannah for the All-Star Showdown by following this link. Below are some notable 'Dogs who have had All-Star-worthy seasons but fell short in the initial vote.

Slash lines are as follows: batting average / on-base percentage / slugging percentage

HITTERS

Cameron Phelts

.318/.500/.409, 66 AB, 22 R, 21 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 20 BB, 7-10 SB

Carson Bartels

.333/.436/.622, 45 AB, 12 R, 15 H, 1 2B, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 7 BB, 1-3 SB

Alex Kachler

.344/.437/.459, 61 AB, 14 R, 21 H, 1 2B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 9 BB, 1-1 SB

Pearce Howard

.306/.348/.387, 62 AB, 7 R, 19 H, 1 2B, 2 3B, 10 RBI, 3 BB, 1-2 SB

PITCHERS

CJ Fehribach

10 APP, 13.1 IN, 2.02 ERA, 16 K, 0 BB, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 SV

Price Adams

9 APP, 9.0 IN, 2.00 ERA, 4 H, 13 K, 11 BB, 2 R, 2 ER, appeared in seven games before allowing a run

Jose Rodriguez

1 APP, 5.0 IN, 3.30 ERA, 3 H, 7 K, 3 BB, 2 R, 2 ER