Maryland Baseball Network is counting down to Opening Day! Today marks 19 days until the start of the 2017 season, so here’s a look at #19, Matt Swope.
Matt Swope | 19
Position: Director of Baseball Operations
Hometown: New Carrollton, Md. (DeMatha Catholic HS)
Alma Mater: University of Maryland, College Park
About Matt: Matt Swope is entering his fifth season as the Terps’ Director of Baseball Operations after being named to the position in 2012. As the Director of Baseball Operations, Swope oversees Maryland Baseball’s budgets, fundraising, travel logistics, team events, etc.
Swope was a four-year starter for the Terps during his time at the University of Maryland. From 1999-2002, he patrolled the outfield, finishing with a career batting average of .331, 16 home runs and 135 RBIs. He is Maryland’s all-time in runs scored (181), second all-time in hits (253) and walks (106), third in total bases (360), fifth in RBIs, and eighth in stolen bases (44).
Swope spent three seasons in the Montreal Expos’ organization after being drafted by the team in the 24th round of the 2002 MLB Draft. He also played one season with the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League in 2005.