COLUMBIA - A pair of South Carolina baseball teammates were drafted in the 11th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
Gamecocks center fielder Tanner English was drafted by the Minnesota Twins with the No 320 overall selection. Closer Joel Seddon was drafted by the Oakland Athletics shortly after with the No. 342 overall pick.
"Congratulations to @JSedd6 and @TannerEnglish3 Great kids and great Gamecocks!" South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook tweeted Saturday.
South Carolina junior first baseman Kyle Martin was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 20th round with the No. 599 overall pick Saturday. Junior pitcher Evan Beal was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 21st round with the No. 633 overall pick.
Three Gamecocks were taken in the draft Friday: catcher Grayson Greiner (Detroit Tigers, third round), pitcher Jordan Montgomery (New York Yankees, fourth round) and third baseman Joey Pankake (Tigers, seventh round). Greiner, Pankake, English and Seddon were roommates at South Carolina.
English started all 62 games at center field this spring. He batted .284 with 30 runs, 25 RBIs and nine doubles. He also led the team with 21 stolen bases and was named to the SEC All-Defensive team.
Seddon was a second team All-SEC reliever with 14 saves. He finished the season with a 3-2 record and a 1.66 ERA in 48.2 innings pitched.
"Very excited and thankful to be drafted by the @Athletics! Thank you to all who have made this opportunity possible! #blessed" Seddon tweeted Saturday.
Martin was one of South Carolina's most consistent bats this season. The junior led USC with a .336 batting average with 38 RBIs, 35 runs, five home runs and 11 doubles. He and English were the only players to start all 62 games.
Beal had a 3.29 ERA with eight strikeouts and four walks in 13.2 innings this season.