ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville baseball program will have two representatives playing minor league baseball in 2014 with their eyes on making it to the big leagues.
Outfielder Kevin Mattison starts the 2014 season in Triple A with the Nashville Sounds in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Being with Milwaukee marks a new start for Mattison. He was drafted by the Miami Marlins in 2008 and spent six years in their organization. Kevin became the second Bulldog in school history to reach the majors in 2012 when he was called up twice by Miami and suited up for four games.
He played last year in New Orleans with seven home runs, 18 stolen bases and 31 RBI’s. Mattison played at UNC Asheville from 2005-08 and enjoyed a great career. He was the Bulldogs starting center-fielder and ended his career as the school’s all-time leader in runs (192) and triples (23). Kevin was a part of Asheville’s 2006 Big South Conference championship team.
Right-handed pitcher Ryan Dull is in his third year with the Oakland A’s organization. He will pitch for the Midland Rockhounds of the Double A Texas League. Dull pitched for three different teams last year as he made his way up in the minor leagues. He had 19 saves in 2013 with 78 strikeouts in 60 innings of work with a 2.40 ERA.
Dull pitched for the Bulldogs from 2009-12 and earned second team All-Conference honors as a senior. He completed his career at Asheville second all-time in strikeouts with 218 and third in complete games with 10.
One other Bulldog is in the minor leagues but as a manager. Mike Shildt, who played and coached at UNC Asheville in the 1990’s, is starting his second year as a manager of the Springfield Cardinals in Springfield, Illinois. Shildt directed Springfield to a league championship in 2012 after he won titles in Johnson City (Tenn.) in 2010 and 2011. Springfield is the Cardinals Double A franchise in the Texas League.