||Bryan Blanton||Jr.||Catawba||Albemarle, NC||6-0/170||R/R|
||Jacob Craver||Jr.||Charlotte||King, NC||6-0/190||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|
||Krystien Johnson-Batillana||So.||Davenport||Hamilton, ONT||6-0/185||R/R|
||Landon Kelly (3B)||Fr.||Austin Peay||Southaven, MS||6-1/200||R/R|
||John Alan Kendrick||So.||Penn||Chatsworth, GA||5-10/160||L/L|
||C-Patrick Morton||So.||Gardner-Webb||Cary, NC||6-3/205||R/R|
||Jonah Owenby||Jr.||NC A&T||Ft. Myers, FL||6-3/180||L/L|
||Nick Rathke||Jr.||West Alabama||Ft. Walton Beach, FL||6-2/185||R/R|
|Josh Rye||R-So.||Austin Peay||Clarksville, TN||6-4/225||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|
||Bryce Tassin||R-Fr.||SE Louisianna||Walker, LA||6-2/190||R/R|
||Zach Duff||So.||Radford||Bedford, VA||6-0/198||R/R|
||Vito Friscia||So.||Hofstra||Valley Stream, NY||6-3/225||R/R|
||C-Daren Grabowski||R-So.||Bridgeport||Berlin, CT||5-7/180||R/R|
||Connor Lind||So.||Northwestern||Arden, NC||6-0/208||R/R|
||Harry Montero||Jr.||Bloomfield||Millville, NJ||6-3/230||L/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|
|Matt Roth||So.||Radford||Chesapeake, VA||5-10/180||R/R|
||Caleb Webster||Fr.||UNC Greensboro||Randleman, NC||5-10/170||R/R|
||Clark Brinkman||Jr.||Creighton||Addison, IL||6-0/195||R/R|
||Teddy Cillis||R-Jr.||Hofstra||Latham, NY||6-2/215||L/L|
||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|
Taylor Bratton, Head Coach
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.
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.