With the start of the regular season just one week away, the Wilmington Sharks are piecing together their roster for the Coastal Plain League (CPL) season with a pair of pitchers from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Wake Forest’s Connor Johnstone and N.C. State’s Evan Brabrand have signed to play with the Sharks for the 2015 summer season. Coach Parker Bangs is looking forward to having them as a part of the rotation in the bullpen.
“Connor is a guy coming back from an off-season injury and has logged a lot of innings for the Demon Deacons,” said Bangs. “It’s always great to have a guy in the rotation that can really attack hitters and get us deep in games with the lead so we can hand the ball over to our pen.”
Johnstone has been a regular in the rotation for Wake Forest this season, making 18 appearances and nine starts. He has posted a record of 2-4 in 54 innings pitched, with opponents batting .301 against him. Coach Bangs is excited to have the 6-foot-1 sophomore righty, and feels he will contribute greatly to the Sharks’ bullpen.
Brabrand, another ACC hurler, is a 6-foot-5 righty, who walked onto the NCSU baseball team after spending the fall as a quarterback for the Wolfpack football team. On the diamond for the Pack, Brabrand has made six appearances out of the bullpen.
“Evan being a quarterback always brings an extra level of excitement to his outings,” said Bangs. “He has a very live arm with some good secondary pitches and will be great addition to our bullpen. We’re looking to shorten games on our way to, hopefully, many victories this summer.”
The Wilmington Sharks’ summer season will begin on May 26 as they host the Edenton Steamers.