WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – On Tuesday, May 1st, former University of the Cumberlands (UC) baseball player Sean Mahley (Cambridge, OH) was drafted in the second round (pick #18 overall) by the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier Independent Professional Baseball League.
“For me to achieve my goal of playing professional ball has been a dream of mine since I was in little league,” said Sean. “I have been blessed with the opportunity to continue my career.”
Sean came to Cumberlands for the beginning of his sophomore year in 2008 after playing his freshmen year at Marietta College. Not only did he start from day one, but he was one of the Patriots’ go-to guys when they needed a spark.
“I had a great time and career at UC along with great teammates and an outstanding coaching staff,” said Sean. “Coach Shelton provided me with a great opportunity and I thank him for that.”
His career as a Patriot will go down as one of the best in the history of a program rich in tradition and success. As the starting centerfielder all three years, Mahley had a .352 batting average with 172 hits (41 doubles, 12 triples, and 14 homeruns) while posting a .567 slugging percentage. He scored 133 runs, knocked in 110 RBIs, earned 77 walks, and stole 55 bases. Mahley also had an overall .980 fielding percentage.
Sean was also a force on the mound for Cumberlands as well posting a 4-4 record with a 5.03 ERA in 48.1 innings with 40 strikeouts during his senior season.
Mahley has traveled to Schaumburg, Illinois to join his new team that is in their inaugural baseball season. At the beginning of Spring Training, Mahley was on a roster of 36 guys competing for 24 spots. Sean now is up against 6 other players to be one of four outfielders the team will keep for the start of the season as two players have already been cut from the team.
Team manager Jamie Bennett, who played collegiate ball at the University of Tennessee and was drafted in the 20th round of the MLB draft by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2000, begins his first season as a manager. He comes to the Boomers after being the pitching coach of the Gary South Shore Railcats the last five seasons.
Mahley is excited to be back on the ball field and is looking forward to taking full advantage of his dream. As he looked back on his career to this point, Sean was very gracious about his parents. He commented, “I have to give credit to my parents for supporting me the whole way throughout my career during the ups and downs.”
UC’s Head Coach Brad Shelton added, “I am very happy for Sean. He has worked very hard for this opportunity and I always believed if someone would give him a shot that he could play professionally. He was one of the best centerfielders in the NAIA for three years and he was one of the top players in the Prospect League the summer before his senior season. I am proud of him and I am sure he will represent our program well. We wish him the best.”
The Schaumburg Boomers open up their season on Friday, May 18th as they travel to take on the Lake Erie Crushers with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 pm. For more information on the Boomers or to follow Sean throughout the season, visit http://www.boomersbaseball.com.