Updated February 27 2017
The Steamers are excited to announce the signing of two Virginia Tech University players for the 2017 season. Nick Anderson and Andrew McDonald will join the Teal and Black this summer from the Division I Atlantic Coast Conference.
Redshirt-junior Nick Anderson will come from the Hokies as a two-way outfielder/right-handed pitcher. The 6’2” 200-pound Carlsbad, CA native posted a .339/.418/.483/.901 slash line in 174 at-bats during the 2016 spring campaign. The right-handed slugger also included 13 doubles and four bombs, leading the Hokies in batting and slugging averages while splitting time between designated hitter and left field.
Anderson also made 10 appearances on the mound with two coming in a starting role. He totaled 17.1 frames and fanned 15 in the process while working around an arm injury.
The dual threat will see time on the mound in a swing role as a leveraged reliever and has begun the spring as the everyday DH and cleanup hitter in 2017. Anderson has a chance to be one of the top two-way players in the nation and should make a huge impact with the Steamers. Between his experience in the role, as well as the ability to combine average, power, and plate discipline, he is a great candidate to hit cleanup. On the mound, he is healthy again and offers a three-pitch mix, led by an upper 80s fastball and a quality slider.
Through the first eight games, Anderson is hitting at a .400 clip with two doubles, two homers and 22 runs created, led by a team-best 13 runs scored. Off the bump, he has notched two wins through three appearances and one start; he has pitched to a 3.00 ERA and .226 opponent batting average.
Andrew McDonald, a Mason, OH native, is announced by the Teal and Black just a week after his former prep teammate Andrew Marzheuser of Florida Tech was also by the Steamers.
The 6’6” 230-pound redshirt-junior played his 2016 summer ball in the Prospect League for the Champion City Kings in Springfield, OH. The right-handed pitcher made 12 appearances while starting 11 times for the Kings. In 70.2 innings pitched, McDonald threw two complete games with a .95 WHIP. Batters hit just .179 against him and had an OPS of .479. McDonald also had a 2.80 ERA with 68 strikeouts against 23 walks. His successful summer included being second in the Prospect League in both strikeouts and innings pitched; and amongst qualified starters, he was second in batting average against, third in WHIP and ninth in ERA.
McDonald has been in a weekend starter role for the 2017 Hokies this spring. An imposing physical presence on the mound, he has begun to put it all together. Featuring a fastball that sits in the low 90s with some hair on it to go along with three secondary pitches, all of which he is able to command, McDonald creates a mix of power, eye-level and off-speed that overwhelms hitters. Through two starts on the young season, he has punched out 13 and walked only four in 13.1 innings to go along with a 4.05 ERA.
The Edenton Steamers will proudly be celebrating their 20th anniversary season as a member of the Coastal Plain League in 2017. The season will begin on Tuesday May 30th when the Morehead City Marlins visit Historic Hicks Field. Be sure to follow the Teal and Black on social media to stay up to date with all things Steamers. You can find the team on Facebook @EdentonSteamers, Twitter @EdentonCPL, Instagram @edentonsteamers, and Snapchat @edentonsteamers. For more information visit edentonsteamers.com or call (252) 482-4080.The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 20th season in 2016, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 94 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 www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.Contact: