Former South Carolina Gamecocks in MLB: Where Are They Now?
The South Carolina Gamecocks have 26 former players in some form of Major League Baseball. A few are currently in The Show, while many are honing skills in the minor leagues.
Find out who they are, where they are and what kind of numbers they’re putting up as pros this season.
Let's get started with the first five.
James Darnell, San Diego Padres
James Darnell is currently on the 60-day disabled list with a left shoulder subluxation. He has been on the DL since May 18.
In 12 games this season, Darnell hit .235 with one double, one home run, one RBI and two walks.
Sam Dyson-New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Sam Dyson was called up to the Toronto Blue Jays on July 6. He was sent back down to Double-A New Hampshire on July 19 after struggling mightily. He made just two appearances, totaling two-thirds of an inning.
In these appearances, Dyson allowed three runs on four hits and two walks. His ERA was a monstrous 40.50 (yes, you read that right) with a 9.00 WHIP.
Since being in New Hampshire, he is 1-2 with a 1.08 ERA. He’s has 13 strikeouts and four saves.
Dyson had Tommy John surgery in 2011.
Steve Pearce-Houston Astros
Steve Pearce was recently acquired from the Baltimore Orioles. Before the trade, he was hitting .254/.321/.437 with three home runs and 14 RBI.
In five games with his new ball club, Pearce is batting .262/.324/.462 with three RBI.
Brian Roberts-Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts is out after having season-ending surgery on August 3. He had a torn labrum in his right hip repaired.
Roberts missed the beginning of the season with a concussion. He made his season debut on June 12. In 17 games this season, Roberts hit .182/.233./.182 with five RBI.
Justin Smoak-Tacoma Rainiers
Justin Smoak has spent a majority of the past couple of seasons with the big league club in Seattle. On July 23, he was sent down to Triple A Tacoma after struggling this season.
In 90 games, Smoak hit .189/.253/.320 with 13 homers and 38 RBI.
Since being with the Rainiers, he is hitting .256/.396/.372. In 13 games, he has three RBI.