Bryant, Growney Join 2019 WV Miners Baseball
Infielder David Bryant of Radford University and pitcher C.J. Growney of Ramapo College of New Jersey are the latest two players committing to join the West Virginia Miners 2019 summer Prospect League roster. The team announced the signing of the pair on the afternoon of November 29.
Bryant will join the Miners' middle infield corps this coming summer on the heels of his first college season in the spring of 2019 at Radford.
A 2018 graduate of Science Hill High School in Johnson City, TN, Bryant had a heralded high school career that resulted in him being named on June 1, 2018 as the Johnson City Press / Kingsport Times Male Athlete of the Year for the region of Northeast Tennessee. He excelled in both baseball and basketball at Science Hill.
His high school baseball coach at Science Hill, Ryan Edwards, cited the 6-2, 190-pounder as having "unbelievable field awareness, a great arm, and a beautiful left-handed swing with the bat." Edwards added that he feels Bryant has the ability to continue to progress and eventually play professional baseball.
Bryant's high school postseason honors in baseball include being twice named (2017 & 2018) to the All-Big Seven Conference Team while also garnering both All-Region 1 Team and All-State Team in 2018. He made his mark on Science Hill baseball early in his scholastic career by pushing his way into the starting line-up as a freshman. He was an early signee (November, 2017) with Radford University on the heels of a high school season as a junior that saw him hit .362 with 7 doubles, 4 triples, 2 homers, and 32 RBI.
In basketball, he was a shooting guard that helped the Hilltoppers win 25 games, a Big Seven Conference title and a Region 1 AAA championship. He averaged 11 points per game with a career-high of 30 points against Unicoi County that included eight 3-pointers on the night. He received postseason accolades in basketball that included All-Big Seven Conference and All-District 1-AAA teams.
Growney, a 6-5, 235-pounder, comes to the Miners as a red-shirt junior from Ramapo College of New Jersey, an NCAA D-III school located in Mahwah, NJ.
His most recent college season was as a sophomore in 2017 for the Roadrunners, when the right-hander produced a 5-3 record in 9 appearances (8 starts) that included one complete game. This included a 3.48 earned run average and striking out 34 hitters versus only 10 walks in 54.1 innings of work.
His college freshman debut season of 2016 was a success for the Avenel, NJ resident as he notched a spotless 4-0 record in 9 appearances with four starts that in turn featured two complete games. His 47.2 innings of work for that season resulted in a fine overall earned run average of 2.45 that saw him strike out 34 hitters versus only 7 walks on the campaign.
Prior to playing in the college ranks, his last two years of high school baseball produced some steady numbers. Playing for Colonia (NJ) High School, his final season as a senior saw him appear in 12 games (9 starts) on the mound and log a 5-4 record that included four complete games, one of which was a shutout. His 65 innings of work on the season saw him record a stingy earned run average of 1.51 and striking out 55 hitters versus yielding 32 walks.
His time as a high school junior was another year of steady performances on the hill as he notched a record of 4-2 in 9 games (all starts) that also included one complete game. That season also saw him strike out 25 hitters while also issuing 22 bases on balls in 40.2 innings enroute to a 3.61 earned run average. The Prospect League is the premier collegiate wood bat summer baseball league in the Midwest. It has been operating in its current form since 2009 while serving the summer baseball needs of top collegiate players. The West Virginia Miners, who play at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley, WV, have been a member of the league since the beginning of the 2010 season. The team has reached the postseason playoffs in seven of their nine seasons in the Prospect League to date. These seven postseason appearances have included five trips to the league championship final series with three of the trips resulting with the Miners being crowned as Prospect League Champions (2012, 2013, 2016).
Season-long box seats and other ticket packages for the West Virginia Miners are already on sale for the 2019 Prospect League season. Persons needing more information on the Miners can contact the team either by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at 304-252-SAFE (7233).
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