May 12, 2017 - Coastal Plain League (Coastal Plain) - Edenton Steamers
The Steamers are excited to announce the signing of two more important players to their 2017 squad. The Teal and Black have inked Chris Williams and James Battley.
Chris Williams will come to Edenton from the San José State University (CA) Spartans out of the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference. The 5'11" 195-pound junior spent the 2016 summer in the Great West League with the Lodi Crushers in California. The Antioch, CA native posted a .352/.480/.521/1.001 slash line with 13 doubles, three homers, 36 runs scored and 39 RBI. The left-handed first baseman and outfielder created an astounding two runs a game and controlled the zone with 29 walks to only 18 strikeouts. Williams' summer accolades included being a midsummer all-star and winning the Great West batting title and RBI crowns. He also tied for second in walks, finished third in runs, tied for third in dingers, and was fourth in doubles. The former transfer from San Joaquin Delta College (CA) is an aggressive hitter and athletic left-handed defender, who has the profile to hit in the top or middle third of the order and is a plus defender at both first base and right field. He has played outfield predominantly this spring and last summer, after spending last spring at first base, and will likely see time at both levels this summer, particularly at first base. Through 40 starts for the Spartans this season, Williams has hit third in nearly half of them. He has slashed .296/.353/.441/.794, including a team-leading 10 doubles and four round-trippers. He has also played stellar defense in right, highlighted by six assists and a range factor of 2.11.
James Battley will come to the Teal and Black from the University of Illinois-Springfield Stars in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference. The 6'0" 195-pound redshirt-junior spent his last summer in the Prospect League with the Danville Dans and the Springfield Sliders in Illinois. The switch-hitting outfielder slashed .270/.345/.411/.756 with six doubles, four triples, three homers and was 22 of 25 in steals. The Zion, IL native began his career at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and is also a former transfer from Triton College (IL) before moving over to UI-Springfield this year. Battley is a switch-hitting flyer with a lot of experience and who gives the Steamers a third natural defender in center field. When he is on and controlling the strike zone, he can make a major impact offensively between his slug and speed tools. In 22 starts so far this spring, he has a .701 OPS, highlighted by four home runs, has gone eight of nine in steals and posted a range factor of 2.91 in center, which is superlative. 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 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 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.