Wilson to Play for Coastal Plains League’s Gastonia This Summer

Russell Wilson won’t have a lot of time off from sports this summer, as the Gastonia Grizzlies signed the Wolfpack star to play for their team for part of their year. Wilson will play with Robert Jeroszko from College of Charleston, Matt Thielepape from Winthrop University, Eric Valdez from Indiana State,  and Greg Van Horn from Princeton University, among others.  The Grizzlies play in the Coastal Plain League, a 14 team group playing in the Carolinas and Virginia, focusing on giving college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer.

Wilson will play baseball through June, and then return to his football duties with the Pack, according to the team.  Even though his time in Gastonia will be limited, Grizzly GM Jesse Cole told the Gaston Gazette that a  “scout from the Pirates said, ‘If you could have him for one day, I’d take him.”‘  In the same article, Cole added that Wilson is “a big time prospect.”

The schedule for the Grizzlies can be found here.

Wilson will need the work to hone his batting skills after struggling this summer – this year he batted .236 with 10 RBIs and two doubles in 27 games for the Wolfpack, and clearly will need to improve that mark in order to improve his potential draft position after his junior season.


6 Responses to Wilson to Play for Coastal Plains League’s Gastonia This Summer

  1. packpigskinfan23 05/26/2009 at 7:10 PM #

    Can we get a bump for this to the top?!

    Great news for Wilson and I trust he will be a GREAT representative of NCSU.

  2. highstickoutoftown 05/26/2009 at 8:36 PM #

    Neat, I’ll have to drive over to see him. I’ve still got an old Gastonia Rangers shirt that Roman Gabriel gave me years ago when he was our guest speaker at our partner’s meeting that we had at Lowes Motor Speedway Club.

  3. StateFans 05/26/2009 at 10:23 PM #

    Would be a neat idea for some local alumni chapters to put together a little event to go see & support him.

  4. ktoh 05/27/2009 at 8:41 AM #

    Nice, but the real comp for summer leagues is in Cape Cod as well as Alaska for baseball prospects.

  5. Wolf74 05/28/2009 at 8:08 AM #

    “Nice, but the real comp for summer leagues is in Cape Cod as well as Alaska for baseball prospects.”

    I will agree on the Cape Cod being the grand daddy of all the leagues; although it has slipped some and doesn’t overshadow the other leagues like it once did. There are 60+ summer collegiate leagues. The best play with wood bats. Most people, and scouts, rank them in groups with the Cod in Group 1 by itself. It is made up almost exclusively of D1 players. It is an invite only league that you do not have to pay to play. The teams arrange lodging.

    In Group 2 right now you have about 8 leagues which would include the Northwoods, Valley, Coastal Plains, Great Lakes, and Alaska (there is also a good league in Texas, California and I believe Florida but I forget the names). These are all pretty much equal, and a short step under the Cod, with one league being better one year and another being better the next year. These leagues are made up with a majority of D1 players with some D2s sprinkled in. All use wood and the players are invited and generally there is no fee charged to be on the team. Almost all arrange lodging.

    In Group 3 you would have the leagues like the Southern Collegiate, Maryland Collegiate, Hawaii and about 15 others. This group of leagues are ususally made up of a mixture of D1, D2 & D3 players. They many times fill their roster with a lot of local players. I believe all use wood and there can be a fee to play. Some arrange lodging and some don’t.

    In Grouop 4 you generally have teams like the Tarheel league (based out of Charlotte). This is a big group of leagues and may or may not use wood bats. These leagues are made up of a wide array of players, almost all local, and a few will even let some high school players play. There is almost always a fee involved. Few arrange lodging.


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