It’s no secret that baseball is big in the greater Dunn area. With a rich pool of talent at local high schools and an improving Campbell baseball program, not to mention a nearby minor league team, baseball fans certainly had a lot to enjoy in 2018.
Two players with local ties found new beginnings in their baseball careers. Former Overhills pitching standout Tanner Myatt was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 11th round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Myatt graduated from Overhills in 2016 and played two years at Florence-Darlington Tech in South Carolina. At 6 foot, 7 inches, the right-hander posted a 1.80 ERA, struck out 11.7 batters per nine innings of work his final season in college and was clocked as high as 100 mph on the radar gun.
“It’s a surreal moment, this is something I’ve dreamed about ever since I was a kid,” Myatt said of being drafted. “That’s what every kid’s dream is, to play pro ball. It’s unreal. I just never thought I’d be able to make it, but I did. I give all of the glory to God.”
While Myatt is just beginning his professional career, former Campbell center fielder Cedric Mullins made his debut at the Major League level this season. Mullins, drafted in the 13th round in 2015, is the 10th Camel to reach the MLB and first position player to do it in program history. Mullins played 45 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2018. He hit just .235 but played solid defense in the outfield and is projected to be the Orioles’ center fielder of the future. He will have to continue to improve to receive consistent playing time in 2019, but his body of work in the minor leagues suggests he can do it.