# 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

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

# 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

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

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

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

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

Colin Rosenbaum Jr. Belmont Abbey Archdale, NC 6-1/185 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

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

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

Matt Orth Jr. Limestone High Point, NC 6-1/195 L/L

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

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



 Jacobby Robinson, Assistant Coach

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