The Coastal Plain League announced today, August 21, that Christian Scafidi (picture courtesy Carly Martinelli) of the Holly Springs Salamanders has been named the 2018 CPL Pitcher of the Year. This was Scafidi's first season with the Salamanders and his first in the CPL.
Scafidi, a 6-4, 255-pound rising-junior from the University of Pennsylvania put together a 0.66 ERA across seven starts and 41 innings pitched as the clear ace of the Salamanders staff. Further showing his dominance was the fact he allowed only 19 hits, with only one of which being an extra-base hit, and three earned runs while striking out 52 and walking only 12 for a .140 opposing batting average, 0.75 WHIP and 11.41 K/9.
One of his most impressive night's came on July 28 versus Wilmington when he tossed six innings while striking out 12 and walking none while allowing only two hits, this performance earned him Week Eight Pitcher of the Week honors. Scafidi was also named to the American All-Star team in July, allowing no runs and striking out two in his inning of work.
His efforts also earned him a First-Team All-CPL selection, with the rest of this list being announced later in the week. All player awards are selected after gathering feedback from coaches as well as team and league officials.
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The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Heading into its 22nd season in 2018, the CPL features 16 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 116 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.