Kevin Chapman a 6'4 Sophomore Lefthanded Pitcher from the University of Florida has agreed to join the NAVS for the 2009 Season.
Chapman is the latest in a string of high profile signings by the Navigators. Chapman selected in the 42nd Round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers, joins fellow Navs draftees, Tyler Thompson (Florida - SF Giants); Sean Gilmartin (FSU- SD Padres); Matt Marquis (Vandy- Red Sox).
Chapman and the GATORS are currently hosting one of the NCAA Division 1 Regionals in Gainesville & he'll join the NAVS at the conclusion of the Gators season.
Matt's complete bio is:
Coral Springs, Fla./Westminster Academy
Major: Sport Management
(2008): Was sidelined for the entire season while recovering from off-season shoulder surgery and received a medical redshirt…Earned a berth on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
AS A FRESHMAN (2007): Made 19 appearances and six starts in his first collegiate season…Was 2-1 with 27 strikeouts and 22 walks in 38.1 innings…Threw 2.1 scoreless innings in the 5-3 setback to No. 7 South Carolina at the SEC Tournament…Kept Tennessee off the scoreboard over 2.1 innings in the regular-season finale…Worked a total of 3.2 innings in the series at top-ranked Vanderbilt and permitted only one run…Notched three strikeouts in two innings of work in the 5-4 victory at No. 1 Florida State on April 18…Collected the win over the Seminoles in Jacksonville on April 3 with two scoreless frames in which he issued three walks and totaled a pair of K…Chapman's first six appearances were mid-week starts against Florida A&M, Florida State, USF, Jacksonville, Army and Bethune-Cookman…Limited the Rattlers to one hit over five innings in his Division I debut and totaled four strikeouts on Feb. 13…The left-hander was supported by a Gator offense that had 11 different players contribute at least one hit…Took the loss against FSU after yielding seven hits and six runs (five earned) on Feb. 20…Allowed one hit and zero runs in two IP versus Bethune-Cookman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Left-handed pitcher from Westminster Academy under the guidance of head coaches Rich Hofman and Gregg Mucerino and was a teammate of classmate Matt den Dekker…Taken by the Detroit Tigers in the 42nd round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft with the 1,252nd pick…Was a 2006 first-team Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American but was limited by injury during his senior campaign…Selected as a 2005 Louisville Slugger All-American, when he finished 8-2 with a scant 0.89 ERA…Registered 140 strikeouts in 93 innings…First-team all-state selection in Class 2A…Named both the Pitcher and Player of the Year in Broward County…Also saw time in center field and at first base for the Lions, who were 26-4-1 overall…Lettered in golf and was a member of the honor roll at Westminster.