June 20, 2012
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Former Western Carolina second baseman Ross Heffley was today named second team All-Atlantic Region as selected by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and released today.
Heffley was one of seven Southern Conference players named to the first and second All-Atlantic Region squads. He is the 29th selection for WCU all-time, and the first since Kenny Smith garnered second team plaudits in 2007. WCU has had 36 All-Atlantic selections dating back to 1977 including 15 first team honors.
The ABCA All-Atlantic Region honor punctuates his four-year career which saw the infielder twice earn All-America honors. This season, Heffley batted .346 with a team-leading 80 hits, becoming the Catamounts' all-time career hits leader with 354 - a mark which ranks fourth in Southern Conference history. He was named first team All-SoCon by both the league's head coaches and voting media, and was also tabbed All-State by the NCCSIA.
Heffley concluded his WCU career ranked atop not only the career hits chart, but also in career at bats (933) and on-base percentage (.452). He additionally was third in the WCU ledgers with a .379 career batting average, third in total bases with 532, tied for third with 222 career RBI and was 11th with 35 home runs.
Heffley Expected to Make Professional Debut Thursday in Asheville
Former WCU standout Ross Heffley is expected to leave workouts in Orlando, Fla., to report to Atlanta's Class A affiliate, the Rome Braves, on the road to make his professional debut this week. The Snellville, Ga., native is expected to debut in familiar surroundings as the Braves visit the Asheville Tourists at historic McCormick Field. The four-game series gets underway Thursday (June 21) at 7:05 pm.
Heffley was selected in the 18th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by Atlanta, the sixth former Catamount taken by the franchise all-time.