50 CPL Alums in Spring Training Camp

(Adam Warren-AP Photo, Gerry Broome)

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – With pitchers and catchers reporting today, the start of professional baseball isn’t too far away. With that said, the Coastal Plain League announced that 50 CPL alums have been invited to spring training in 2011, which is a new league-best. Forty-Four CPL alums made spring training rosters in 2010. Furthermore, 26 of the 30 MLB clubs are represented with at-least one alum of the CPL in camp.

The American League had 29 CPL alums while the remaining 21 came from teams in the National League. Of the 50 players in spring training, 26 of them have experience in the Majors, having made their respective debuts in prior seasons. Five of those – John Raynor (Marlins), Steven Tolleson (Oakland), Michael Kohn (LA Angels), Greg Holland (Kansas City) and Michael McKenry (Colorado) - debuted in 2010. Also included are four CPL alums - Kevin Youkilis (Boston), Justin Verlander (Detroit), Ryan Zimmerman (Washington) and Ty Wigginton (Colorado) - that have been honored as Major League All-Stars in the past.

All current CPL clubs (noting that Forest City shares Spartanburg’s past, and the same for Morehead City and New Bern) were represented with at-least one alum invited to spring training. Florence and Wilmington led the way with seven alums each, while Peninsula followed with six. Fayetteville and Wilson were next with five alumni each. Meanwhile, Edenton and Thomasville had three representatives; while Asheboro, Forest City/Spartanburg, Gastonia, Morehead City/New Bern, Outer Banks and Petersburg followed with two apiece. Columbia and Martinsville rounded things out with one each, while former franchises Durham and Rocky Mount had two and one alum respectively.

The complete list of CPL alums in spring training is below (alphabetically by team nickname):

American League
*Mark Reynolds – Baltimore / Fayetteville ‘03
*Josh Rupe – Baltimore / Peninsula ‘01
Wynn Pelzer – Baltimore / Wilmington ‘05

*Kevin Youkilis – Boston / Florence ‘99

*Justin Maxwell - New York / Outer Banks ‘02
Ryan Pope - New York / Gastonia ‘06
D.J. Mitchell – New York / Thomasville ‘06
Adam Warren – New York / New Bern ‘06

Brandon Guyer - Tampa Bay / Wilmington ‘05

Deck McGuire – Toronto / Peninsula ‘08

*Dallas McPherson – Chicago / Asheboro ‘99

*Joe Smith – Cleveland / Edenton ‘05

*Justin Verlander – Detroit / Wilson ‘ 02
*Don Kelly – Detroit / Petersburg ‘00
Andy Dirks – Detroit / Fayetteville ‘05

*Brett Carroll – Kansas City / Florence ‘03
Greg Holland – Kansas City / Edenton ‘06
Kevin Pucetas – Kansas City / Wilson ‘05
David Lough – Kansas City / Florence ‘07
Patrick Keating – Kansas City / Peninsula ‘06
Ryan Eigsti – Kansas City / Outer Banks ‘07

Scott Diamond – Minnesota / Martinsville ’06, ‘07

*Michael Kohn – Los Angeles / Florence ’05 / Columbia ‘06
Andrew Taylor – Los Angeles / Wilson ‘06
Travis Witherspoon – Los Angeles / Gastonia ‘09

*Landon Powell – Oakland / Wilmington ‘01
*Steven Tolleson – Oakland / Spartanburg ‘03

*David Aardsma – Seattle / Fayetteville ‘01

Cody Eppley – Texas / Wilmington ‘07


National League
*John Raynor – Florida / Wilmington ‘05
Tom Koehler – Florida / New Bern ’06, ‘07

*Bobby Parnell – New York / Thomasville ‘03
*Russ Adams – New York / Durham ‘00

Tagg Bozied – Philadelphia / Wilmington ‘98

*Ryan Zimmerman – Washington / Peninsula ‘03

*Tyler Colvin – Chicago / Florence ‘04
*Todd Wellemeyer – Chicago / Thomasville ‘99

*Bill Bray – Cincinnati / Asheboro ‘02
Dave Sappelt – Cincinnati / Florence ‘06

David Carpenter – Houston / Peninsula ‘06

*Steve Pearce – Pittsburgh / Fayetteville ‘04
*John Bowker – Pittsburgh / Peninsula ‘02

*Michael McKnery – Colorado / Fayetteville ‘05
*Ty Wigginton – Colorado / Rocky Mount ’97 / Florence ‘98

*A.J. Ellis – Los Angeles / Durham ’01, ‘02
Jerry Sands – Los Angeles / Spartanburg ’06 / Wilson ’07, ‘08

Evan Scribner – San Diego / Edenton ‘06
Brad Brach – San Diego / Petersburg ‘06
Jason Hagerty – San Diego / Wilmington ‘08

*Brad Eldred – San Francisco / Wilson ‘01

- denotes CPL alum who has made his MLB debut