Whiteman signs with Fayetteville Swampdogs to play in summer 2009
NEW CONCORD, OHIO, October 29, 2008 - Muskingum College junior All-American and Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year catcher Brock Whiteman has signed with the Fayetteville Swampdogs (N.C.) of the Coastal Plain League (CPL) to play summer ball in 2009.
Whiteman, who played for the Peekskill Robins (N.Y.) of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League this past summer, led the league with a .372 batting average and ranked in the top five in the league in hits (48), RBI’s (24), total bases and doubles (13). He was honored for his stellar play by being selected to start in the 42nd Annual ACBL All-Star game that was held at St. John's University in July.
The CPL consists of 14 teams across North and South Carolina and Virginia and features top-notch collegiate players from throughout the nation.
"This is a great step for our program and it's a great step for Brock to be able to play in the Coastal Plain League," said Muskingum Head Baseball Coach Gregg Thompson. "I'd say it is probably the second best college league in the country behind the Cape League. It gives Brock an opportunity to find out where he stands going into his senior year and what level he can play at."
The Coastal Plain League has become a premier league, helping to aid players from all over the country in making their dreams realized by becoming professionals. CPL alums that have gone on and debuted with a team in the Major Leagues includes
Kevin Youkilis (Boston Red Sox),
Tom Mastny (Cleveland Indians) and
Justin Verlander (Detroit Tigers).
"It's a great opportunity for him and I know that the alumni from the league that are playing in Major League Baseball is pretty impressive and the Fayetteville team seems like a great organization from top to bottom," added Thompson.