Pitchers
# Name Yr. School Hometown Ht/Wt B/T

Bryan Blanton Jr. Catawba Albemarle, NC 6-0/170 R/R

Jacob Craver Jr. Charlotte King, NC 6-0/190 L/L

Andrew Davis Jr. Barton Westminster, MD 6-2/185 L/L

Alex Hicks So. Memphis Collierville, TN 6-4, 215 R/R

Leon Hunter So. NC A&T Garner, NC 6-4, 210 R/R

Jonah Owenby Jr. NC A&T Ft. Myers, FL 6-3, 180 L/L

Hunter Smith So. Memphis Brandon, MS 6-1, 196 L/L

Devin Sweet Jr. NC Central Greensboro, NC 5-11, 185 R/R





















Catchers
# Name Yr. School Hometown Ht/Wt B/T

Zach Duff So. Radford Bedford, VA 6-0/198 R/R

Vito Friscia So. Hofstra Valley Stream, NY 6-3/225 R/R

C-Jay Rorie So. NC A&T Asheboro, NC 6-1/195 R/R

Infielders
# Name Yr. School Hometown Ht/Wt B/T

Reece Daniel So.
Wingate
Asheboro, NC 6-1/160 R/R

Hunter Jones Jr.
Charlotte
Indian Trail, NC 6-1/175 R/R

Connor Lind So. Northwestern Arden, NC 6-0/208 R/R

Devon Ortiz So. USC Upstate Winter Spring, FL 6-0/180 R/R

Derek Perry R-So. Pfeiffer Belmont, NC 5-10/185 R/R

Jeremy Simpson So. Catawba Cleveland, NC 5-11. 155 R/R

C-Caleb Webster Fr. UNC Greensboro Randleman, NC 5-10/170 R/R

Outfielders
# Name Yr. School Hometown Ht/Wt B/T

Clark Brinkman Jr. Creighton Addison, IL 6-3/160 R/R

C-Kirby Lambert So. Pfieffer Robbins, NC 6-0/190 L/R

Kyle Smith Jr. Catawba Greensboro, NC 6-0/185 L/R

Russel Schwertfeger Jr. USC Upstate Bethany, WV 6-1/200 L/R
Coaches

Taylor Bratton, Head Coach

Taylor Bratton

Taylor Bratton, who played for the Asheboro Copperheads for two seasons and was part of the team that set the franchise record for wins, has been named head coach for the 2017 season.

The 25-year old Bratton, who played at the University of West Alabama and is now on the staff at Georgia Southwestern University in Americus, GA, replaces Winston-Salem State’s Keith Ritsche. Ritsche, who spent three seasons as head coach and reached the post-season the past two years, has opted not to return for a fourth summer.

Bratton, a native of Oakville, Ontario, spent this past summer as head coach of the Medicine Hat Mavericks in the Western Major Baseball League, the top collegiate summer league in Canada. A left-handed pitcher who played for the Copperheads in 2012-13, Bratton pitched in 22 games over two seasons, mostly out of the bullpen. The 2013 team went a franchise best 35-18 and Bratton posted a 2.88 ERA in 34 1/3 innings with two wins. He recorded 36 strikeouts and walked only six batters.

Bratton coached Medicine Hat to a 35-20 record this past summer and took the team to the second round of the league playoffs before being eliminated. He was named the pitching coach at Georgia Southwestern in August after spending one year as a graduate assistant at West Alabama, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Sports Management and a Masters in Physical Education.

Bratton, who becomes the first former Copperhead player to return as a coach, came to Asheboro in 2012 after having played the previous summer for the Thunder Bay Border Cats of the Northwoods League. He served as team captain at West Alabama during his senior season and after his collegiate career ended he pitched professionally in the independent American Association for the Winnipeg Goldeyes before deciding to go into coaching.


 John Harris, Assistant Coach

John Harris, 26, was born in California but grew up in Kennesaw, GA before playing collegiately at Gardner Webb, where he was named All-Big South in 2012 and Best Defensive Catcher in the Big South in 2013. He started 26 games for the Copperheads in the summer of 2012. He later played professionally in the independent Frontier League. After his stint in pro ball, Harris has served as a volunteer coach in the collegiate ranks and also coached travel youth teams in Georgia. He currently works for National Scouting Report, a national high school scouting and college recruiting organization which evaluates high school athletes and steers them to colleges and universities best suited for their athletic skill level and academic qualifications. He will coach third base and serve as hitting coach for the Copperheads.

 Jocobby Robinson, Assistant Coach

Jocobby Robinson, a 25-year old native of Meridian, MS, served as a volunteer assistant for one season at West Alabama and also spent a summer as a youth coach with Golden Spikes Baseball. This past fall he served as an assistant with the Ontario Blue Jays, a Canadian Junior National team that toured both the United States and Canada playing collegiate teams. Additionally, Robinson has worked in the business field during and between his part-time coaching stints. An outfielder at UWA, Robinson was an All-Gulf South Conference player as a senior in 2014 when he hit .364, made just two errors and led the team in stolen bases. Robinson will coach first base and work with infielders and outfielders for the Copperheads.


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