The UNC Asheville baseball program has four former players on professional rosters as the 2013 season has begun.
Ty Wigginton continues to play major league baseball. Ty is now in his 13th season as a major league player. He signed a two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals in the off-season. The Cardinals expect Ty to be a utility player for them in 2013. Wigginton is one of the major league’s most versatile players as he can play several different positions. During his career, he’s started at first base, second base, third base, left field and right field. He’s also played shortstop and caught a few games in spring training back in 2006 with the Tampa Bay Rays.
On the cusp of the major leagues is outfielder Kevin Mattison. Kevin is with the Florida Marlins organization and started the year with the New Orleans Pelicans, the Marlins Triple A franchise. He got called up by the Marlins twice last season and played in three games. After a slow start to the 2013 season, Mattison has a four-game hitting streak going into tonight’s action. He’s been New Orleans’ starting center-fielder for much of the last two years.
Right-handed pitcher Justin Schumer is with the world champion San Francisco Giants for his fourth year of professional baseball. He’s pitching for the Augusta Greenjackets in the Class A South Atlantic League at the start of this season. Justin is coming out of the bullpen for Augusta and pitched in three games.
Right-handed pitcher Ryan Dull begins his second season and first full year of professional baseball in 2013. He was drafted by the Oakland A’s last June. Ryan earned a promotion this year to the Beloit Snappers of the Class A Midwest League. He is also pitching out of the bullpen. Dull has a save in four outings. Ryan has eight strikeouts with just one walk in 7.1 innings of work.