From the CPL
Former Edenton Steamer Kevin Mattison (2007, UNC-Asheville) was recently named to the Miami Marlins 40-man roster. Along with receiving that great news, the very next day he was honored with Major League Baseball’s Arizona Fall League Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award. The significance of his elevation to the Marlins’ 40-man is two-fold. It indicates that Mattison is part of their Major League plans as early as next season, while also protecting him in this week’s Rule V draft from being poached by another organization that would look at him for an active Major League roster spot in 2012.
Mattison was a key player for the ’07 Steamers. That summer he led the team in home runs with 11 (a franchise record at the time), runs scored with 47 (still a team best), and stole 30 bases (tying a team record that was broken by Ryan Brenner this past summer). Mattison did not even know about the sportsmanship award in the AFL. “I wasn’t aware of an award in the Arizona Fall League (having not played there before) until a couple weeks before (the championship) when the nominees were announced. The presentation was held before the championship game and I was deeply honored to receive it. Our team in the fall league was great because no one was selfish and we all played hard together. We came up one game short of the championship but our success all season was the way we worked together as a team.”
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