Former Fayetteville SwampDog, Nick Maton, made his Major League debut April 19 for the Philadelphia Phillies. Maton earned the start at shortstop, going 1-for-4 of in Phillies 2-o loss to the San Francisco Giants.
Maton was drafted in the 7th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Phillies out of Lincoln Land Community College. The infielder accumulated a solid defensive reputation across three minor league seasons while batting .259 with 52 doubles, four triples and three home runs. Maton was called up from Triple A after eight players for the Phillies tested positive for Covid-19, pushing Maton into the starting lineup and allowing him to notch his first Major League hit in the sixth inning.
Maton played for the now dormant SwampDogs in 2016, finishing the season with a .175 with two doubles and 15 RBIs across 18 games played. His debut marks the 142nd all-time former CPL player to make their major league debut and the third of the 2021 MLB season.
About Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 24th season in 2020, the CPL features 15 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had over 1,650 alumni drafted and 142 alums – including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2017 World Series champion, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor – make their Major League debut. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.