• Daniel Hooker

Alan Beck Completes Catamount Baseball Coaching Staff

Western Carolina first-year head baseball coach Alan Beck completed his inaugural coaching staff this fall with the addition of JD Mundy as the volunteer assistant coach and Catamount baseball alum Seth Graves as the Director of Player Development.

Both Mundy and Graves join the WCU coaching staff that includes assistant coaches Jeff Korte and Derek Beasley, who also serves as the pitching coach.

Mundy comes to Cullowhee after spending the past two years in the Baltimore Orioles farm system after a standout career split between Virginia Tech and Radford. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2020 after the abbreviated five-round MLB Draft, Mundy played in 139 minor league games between three teams in the Orioles system during the 2021 and 2022 seasons. He spent the 2021 season between the Class-A affiliates Delmarva (Md.) Shorebirds and Aberdeen (Md.) IronBirds where he hit .291 with 20 doubles and 15 home runs. In 2022, Mundy played in 67 games for the Double-A affiliate Bowie (Md.) Baysox where he slugged 15 doubles and eight homers with 68 RBI.

A native of Roanoke, Va., Mundy entered his final season in Radford as the Big South Conference’s Preseason Player of the Year after a first-team All-Big South selection in 2019. However, the 2020 season was shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, ending with Mundy hitting .385 with six doubles, four home runs, and 19 RBI over the first 17 games of the campaign. In two seasons with the Highlanders, Mundy collectively batted .323 with 23 doubles, 17 home runs and 74 RBI across the 2019 and 2020 seasons. He boasted a .425 on-base percentage and a .606 slugging percentage.

Opening his collegiate career over two seasons (2017-2018) at Virginia Tech, Mundy batted around the .250 mark over 84 games with 59 starts. He collected 57 total hits including 11 doubles and 12 home runs while collecting 40 RBI, marks that led the Big South Conference.

Completing his playing career with three seasons on the Catamount baseball roster, Graves moved into the Director of Player Development role soon after the announcement of Beck’s hiring. Graves batted .290 during his three years in Cullowhee, collecting 94 base hits including 34 for extra bases with 26 doubles, a triple, and seven home runs – five coming during his senior season. He scored 94 runs with a .407 on-base percentage that included 58 career walks and 10 HBPs, while posting 68 RBI.

Originally from Edmund, Okla., Graves began his collegiate career at Northern Oklahoma College where he hit .342 as a sophomore in 2018-19 with 13 doubles, three triples, and nine home runs while driving in 34 RBI. He earned NJCAA All-Tournament team accolades after helping lead Northern Oklahoma to the NJCAA Division II National Championship, hitting 11-of-25 (.440) across the bracket.

Graves had the honor of being the 2022 Leggett No. 7 Legacy recipient, wearing the coveted No. 7 jersey during his senior campaign, the 12th player bestowed with the recognition all-time. He was a three-time Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll selection and was also named Academic All-SoCon.

After welcoming baseball over 45 alumni back to campus last weekend, the Catamount baseball team continues the fall portion of its off-season workouts. Right in the middle of its fall season, the Catamounts are slated for its lone scrimmage of the fall this Saturday, Oct. 8, as WCU hosts Appalachian State at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium beginning at 1 p.m.

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