Whiteman signs with Fayetteville Swampdogs to play in summer 2009
NEW CONCORD, OHIO, May 22, 2009 - Muskingum College junior All-American and 2008 Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year catcher Brock Whiteman will continue an already stellar 2009 season by joining the Fayetteville Swampdogs (N.C.) of the Coastal Plain League (CPL) to play summer ball in 2009.
This season, Whiteman led the Muskies in batting average (.372), slugging percentage (.650), on-base percentage (.467), hits (51), RBIs (42), doubles (10) and home runs (8). He also paced the Muskies with 17 multiple hit games and 12 multiple RBI games. Whiteman was honored for his play by being named First Team All-OAC and Second Team All-Mideast Region. Additionally, he was named First Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District IV for and Academic All-OAC for his work in the classroom.
Over the first three years of his Muskie career, Whiteman has been a consistent threat at the plate. He boasts a career batting average of .390 which is accompanied by 21 home runs, 130 RBIs, 35 doubles and nine triples, all of which place him among the top hitters in Muskingum's history.
The CPL consists of 14 teams across North and South Carolina and Virginia and features top-notch collegiate players from throughout the nation.
"The Coastal Plain League is one of the elite college leagues in the nation," said Muskingum Head Baseball Coach Gregg Thompson. "It is an honor for both Brock and our program. He has worked hard to acheice this opportunity in both the batting cage and weight room."
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).
Whiteman, who played for the Peekskill Robins (N.Y.) of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League in the summer of 2008, led the league with a .372 batting average and ranked in the top five in the league in hits (48), RBIs (24), total bases and doubles (13). He was honored for his outstading play by being selected to start in the 42nd Annual ACBL All-Star game that was held at St. John's University in July.
"This is great for our program and the recruiting process," added Thompson. "Guys see Muskingum and the level of play you can get to at Division III. I wish Brock good luck and want him to know the entire New Concord community will be following him."