Two former Coastal Plain League players, Chris Taylor (Morehead City) and Spencer Patton (Spartanburg/Forest City), were named to the 2014 Triple-A All-Star game. They both earned spots on the Pacific Coast League (PCL) roster and will play in Durham N.C. at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on July 16.
Former 2010 Morehead City Marlin, Taylor, was named an as an outfielder for the PCL after having a breakout season with the Tacoma Rainers, the Seattle Mariner’s Triple-A affiliate. The Virginia product, is fourth in the PCL in batting at .326 on 18 doubles, six triples, five home runs and 32 RBIs. Taylor batted .252 during his summer with Morehead City, driving in seven runs and stealing nine bases in 24 games for the Marlins.
Also earning a spot on the PCL roster is Patton, a former Spartanburg Stinger and Forest City Owl. Currently with the Kansas City Royals Triple-A affiliate the Omaha Storm Chasers, Patton has a 4-3 record with a 4.54 ERA in 41 2/3 innings pitched. He has also struck out 52 batters and holds an impressive .171 opponents batting average.
Patton played three years in the CPL, one with Spartanburg in 2007 and then with Forest City in both 2008 and 2009. He was an All-Star on the 2009 Forest City team that saw the Owls finish with a 46-9 record and earn the number one ranking in the PG Crosschecker summer league rankings. Patton was the ace of the staff that season going 9-0 with a 1.46 ERA and a staggering 110 strikeouts in only 74 innings pitched. His play earned him CPL Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors, sharing it with his teammate Ryan Arrowood.
David Aardsma, formerly of the 2001 Fayetteville SwampDogs, narrowly missed out on earning an All-Star nod. He was on the roster before the final round of voting but was unable to hang on to his lead and ultimately did not make the team.
About the Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Further more, the CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 70 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at CoastalPlain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as CPLBaseball).