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Former Wildcat Snowdon Signs with Philadelphia Phillies

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Andrew Snowdon, who was a part of the Central Washington University baseball program for three seasons including two years as a letterman for the Wildcats, has signed a professional contract with the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

Snowdon, who had most recently been playing for the Tucson Toros of the independent Golden West League, had his contract purchased by the Phillies and has reported to the club's rookie-league affiliate in the Gulf Coast League in Clearwater, Fla.

During his playing career at CWU, Snowdon was a first-team all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference selection as a catcher and a second-team pitcher during his senior season in 2009. He batted .323 with three home runs and 20 runs batted in and threw out 38 percent of would-be base stealers as a catcher. On the mound, Snowdon made just five pitching appearances but posted a 3-1 record with one save and led the Wildcats with a 3.60 earned-run average. He struck out 21 and walked just five in 20 innings of work.

Since completing his time with the Wildcats, Snowdon starred in the Golden West League, representing Tucson in the 2010 International All-Star Game and throwing a scoreless inning against the Northern League All-Stars in a 9-3 defeat. He had a 2-2 record and 2.97 earned-run average in 39 1/3 relief innings for the Toros in 2010, striking out 34 hitters and holding opponents to a .250 batting average.

Snowdon, a Renton native, joined the Phillies this past weekend, but has yet to make an appearance with the GCL squad, which is currently tied for first in the North Division standings with the Braves at 21-17.

Snowdon is the only former Wildcat to be playing professional baseball currently. Recent CWU players to have stints in Minor League Baseball include Jamie Nilsen (2008-Arizona League Royals), Troy Martin (2006-Princeton Rays), and Brian Viafore (2003-Yakima Bears).