Former High Point-Thomasville HiTom Phil Maton Debuts for the San Diego Padres

Updated June 12 2017

Former High Point-Thomasville HiTom Phil Maton made his Major League debut June 11 for the San Diego Padres. Maton came on in relief in the eighth to pitch a perfect one-two-three inning while striking out one in the teams 8-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

Maton was drafted in the 20th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Padres out of Louisiana Tech University. From there he flew through the Minor League ranks, making it to the majors in under two full seasons of play after accumulating a 1.89 ERA over 109 2/3 innings pitched in the minors to go along with 31 strikeouts and 30 saves.

Known for his mid-90s rising fastball, the right-hander was called upon by the Padres who are in need of some reliable bullpen arms. He wasted little time showing his talent as he struck out the first batter he faced, MLB All-Star Lorenzo Cain.

Maton spent part of the 2014 summer pitching for the HiToms, finishing with a 4.05 ERA across 14 innings pitched and 17 strikeouts. He marks the 99th overall former CPL player to make his major league debut, and the fifth this season. His debut also pushes the HiToms major league alumni total to 11.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 21st season in 2017, the CPL features 15 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 99 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.


Shelby Hilliard