Updated February 25 2009
MARTINSVILLE, VA - Scott Diamond, a member of the Martinsville Mustangs during the 2006 and 2007 seasons has been selected to participate in the World Baseball Classic for Team Canada beginning on March 5. Team Canada will open up play in Toronto against Team USA in the Rogers Center in Pool C play. Diamond is one of 13 pitchers and 28 players named to the squad that includes Major Leaguers such as Jason Bay, Justin Morneau, Russell Martin, and Joey Votto.
Diamond pitched two seasons for the Mustangs going 11-2 overall with 127 strikeouts in 125 innings of work over the course of two summers. Diamond posted an ERA of just 0.50 in 2006 allowing just three earned runs in 54 1/3 innings and allowed just 34 hits. Diamond was a free agent signee of the Atlanta Braves following the 2007 Coastal Plain League season.
Diamond, entering his second season of Professional Baseball in 2009 enjoyed a very successful rookie season in 2008. Diamond began the season with Rome of the South Atlantic League where he went 3-1 with a 3.08 ERA in nine starts and earned a promotion to Myrtle Beach of the Carolina League. Diamond would pick up right where he left off for the Pelicans going 12-2 with a 2.79 ERA and was named the Myrtle Beach Pitcher of the Year for his efforts. Overall in 2008 Diamond was 15-3 with a 2.89 ERA with 123 strikeouts in 152 2/3 innings of work.
“It is very exciting to see one of our former players earn such an honor to be named to play in the World Baseball Classic,” said Mustangs General Manager Doug Gibson. “Scott will be on the national stage and it can only help him further his career and gain some experience to make his path to the big leagues a little easier.”
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league, now in its 13th season. Featuring 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, the CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with wooden bats during the summer months. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com.