Chong to return to Owls for 2013

Dec. 23, 2012 @ 09:04 AM


A Coastal Plain League All-Star will return to Forest City for the 2013 baseball season.

Presbyterian junior outfielder Nate Chong will return to the Owls for his second season, according to the Owls.

Chong started 49 games for the Owls in last season, hitting .317 with 10 home runs and a team high 32 RBI. Chong also had a .978 fielding percentage and led Forest City with 15 stolen bases.

He was named a Coastal Plain League All-Star and was also selected to compete in the annual home run contest. After his summer season, Baseball America ranked Chong as the No. 5 MLB prospect in the Coastal Plain League and the only outfielder among the top 10.

“Chong was a tough player to play against last summer”, said Forest City manager David Tufo. “I am glad to be on his side now. He brings an All-Star bat to the lineup as well as a solid glove in the outfield. His all-around athleticism makes him dangerous every night.”

Chong hit .262 with four home runs and 21 RBI in his 2012 season with the Presbyterian. The junior will once again start for the Blue Hose, as they return a large chunk of their roster.

His full name is Dae-Jin Nathan Chong, and he is a noted violinist and chess player. He is one of six returning players for the Owls this season, and his Presbyterian squad will actually be making an appearance this year at McNair Field when they host Wofford on Wednesday, Feb. 27.


The Forest City Owls contributed to this report