Rider's Eppley Promoted
Moves from NY-Penn League to Midwest
Rider University graduate Nate Eppley '11 has changed his field of dreams.
Eppley has been promoted in the Oakland A's organization from the New York-Penn League to the Midwest League.
A 6'6", 205 pound right-handed pitcher from Dillsburg, Pa (Northern High), Eppley is the newest member of the Class A Burlington Bees.
While pitching for the Vermont Lake Monsters of the New York-Penn League, Eppley compiled a 3-0 record with two saves and a 1.98 earned run average. In 14 games he pitched 27 innings and compiled 24 strike outs and just seven walks.
As a senior at Rider Eppley struck out 50 batters and issued 30 walks in 86 innings. Opponents batted .245 against him.
In his Rider career he struck out 88 batters in 150 innings over 59 games. In his final game in a Rider uniform Eppley struck out a career-high eight Canisius batters in seven innings of work in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference playoffs.
Eppley was selected in the 29th round by the Oakland A's in the 2011 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
Eppley's 26-year old brother Cody was a 43rd round pick in 2008 out of VCU and is now in the big leagues with the New York Yankees.
In the last 42 years there have been 45 Broncs who have moved on to professional baseball, with six reaching the major leagues.
Eppley's on a field in Iowa with a dream to make it seven.