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Clemson pitchers among SC players taken in second day of MLB draft

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Clemson ace Sam Weatherly was drafted in the third round on Thursday. File/Allen Sharpe

COLUMBIA — The state of South Carolina had a handful of other connections selected during Thursday’s second and final day of the Major League Baseball draft.

Coastal Carolina right-hander Zach McCambley was the first to go, with the 75th pick (third round) to Miami. The signing bonus value for that pick is $831,100.

McCambley went 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA this season, striking out 32 batters in 25 innings. Opponents batted just .208 against him.

He started 18 games in his previous two seasons for the Chanticleers and rebounded from an inflated 2019. McCambley’s strikeout-to-walk ratio was fine but his ERA had ballooned to 5.21.

Clemson Friday-night man Sam Weatherly was also taken in the third round, by Colorado with the 81st pick. The left-hander rose from reliever his first two years to staff ace in 2020, going 2-0 with a 0.79 ERA in his four starts.

Weatherly no-hit South Carolina for seven innings in Columbia on Feb. 28, striking out 11 and allowing three walks with one hit batter. The Tigers were firmly in control and won 7-1 but Weatherly’s pitch count was already too high to risk going for the full no-hitter, so he didn’t mind too much when the Gamecocks wrecked the bid in the ninth.

“Being an out-of-state kid, people would say I don’t care too much about this, but I’ve been around it for three years now, and it means as much to me as anybody,” Weatherly said.

The slot value for Weatherly’s draft spot is $755,300. He ended the shortened season with 43 strikeouts in 22 2-3 innings.

“Once I have two strikes, it’s mine,” he said. “When I have you there, I want to finish it.”

USC commitment Luke Little was drafted in the fourth round (No. 117) by the Chicago Cubs. The slot value for that pick is $492,700.

Little, a 6-8 left-hander from Matthews, N.C., who attends San Jacinto (Texas) College, shot up draft boards during his workouts after the season was cancelled. He was regularly throwing fastballs at over 100 miles per hour and burned one at 105 mph.

A second Clemson pitcher, right-hander Spencer Strider, went in the fourth round to Atlanta. The No. 126 pick has a bonus value of $451,800.

Strider was a freshman All-American in 2018 but Tommy John surgery nixed his 2019 season. Strider returned this year, and while he didn’t get a decision and had a 4.50 ERA, he totaled 19 strikeouts to just three walks.

The four joined USC’s Carmen Mlodzinski as local connections in the draft. Mlodzinski went 31st to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, netting a potential signing bonus of over $2 million. All of the local draftees are expected to accept their positions and head to professional baseball, whenever it resumes.

Clemson’s recruiting class is intact. USC’s is expected to only lose Little, and its other two current weekend pitchers, Thomas Farr and Brannon Jordan, were not drafted.

Draft-eligible players can still sign free-agent contracts but will only receive $20,000 signing bonuses. The small bonus and uncertainty of baseball resuming will create several tough decisions before the Aug. 1 deadline.  

Wednesday
First Round

1. Detroit Tigers, Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Arizona St.

2. Baltimore Orioles, Heston Kjerstad, OF, Arkansas.

3. Miami Marlins, Max Meyer, RHP, Minnesota.

4. Kansas City Royals, Asa Lacy, LHP, Texas A&M.

5. Toronto Blue Jays, Austin Martin, SS, Vanderbilt.

6. Seattle Mariners, Emerson Hancock, RHP, Georgia.

7. Pittsburgh Pirates, Nick Gonzales, SS, New Mexico St.

8. San Diego Padres, Robert Hassell III, OF, Independence H.S., Thompson Station, Tenn.

9. Colorado Rockies, Zac Veen, OF, Spruce Creek H.S., Port Orange, Fla.

10. Los Angeles Angels, Reid Detmers, LHP, Louisville.

11. Chicago White Sox, Garrett Crochet, LHP, Tennessee.

12. Cincinnati Reds, Austin Hendrick, OF, West Allegheny H.S., Imperial, Pa.

13. San Francisco Giants, Patrick Bailey, C, NC State.

14. Texas Rangers, Justin Foscue, 2B, Mississippi St.

15. Philadelphia Phillies, Mick Abel, RHP, Jesuit H.S., Portland, Ore.

16. Chicago Cubs, Ed Howard, SS, Mt. Carmel H.S., Chicago, Ill.

17. Boston Red Sox, Nick Yorke, 2B, Archbishop Mitty H.S., San Jose,Calif.

18. Arizona Diamondbacks, Bryce Jarvis, RHP, Duke.

19. New York Mets, Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Harvard-Westlake H.S., Studio City, Calif.

20. Milwaukee Brewers, Garrett Mitchell, OF, UCLA.

21. St. Louis Cardinals, Jordan Walker, 3B, Decatur H.S., Decatur, Ga.

22. Washington Nationals, Cade Cavalli, RHP, Oklahoma.

23. Cleveland Indians, Carson Tucker, SS, Mountain Pointe H.S., Phoenix, Ariz.

24. Tampa Bay Rays, Nick Bitsko, RHP, Central Bucks East H.S., Doylestown, Pa.

25. Atlanta Braves, Jared Shuster, LHP, Wake Forest.

26. Oakland Athletics, Tyler Soderstrom, C, Turlock H.S., Calif.

27. Minnesota Twins, Aaron Sabato, 1B, North Carolina.

28. New York Yankees, Austin Wells, C, Arizona.

29. Los Angeles Dodgers, Bobby Miller, RHP, Louisville.

Competitive Balance-Round A

30. Baltimore Orioles, Jordan Westburg, SS, Mississippi St.

31. Pittsburgh Pirates, Carmen Mlodzinski, RHP, South Carolina.

32. Kansas City Royals, Nick Loftin, SS, Baylor.

33. Arizona Diamondbacks, Slade Cecconi, RHP, Miami.

34. San Diego Padres, Justin Lange, RHP, Llano H.S., Texas

35. Colorado Rockies, Drew Romo, C, The Woodlands H.S., Texas

36. Cleveland Indians, Tanner Burns, RHP, Auburn.

37. Tampa Bay Rays, Alika Williams, SS, Arizona St.

Thursday
Second round

38. Detroit Tigers, Dillon Dingler, C, Ohio St.

39. Baltimore Orioles, Hudson Haskin, OF, Tulane.

40. Miami Marlins, Daxton Fulton, LHP, Mustang H.S., Okla.

41. Kansas City Royals, Ben Hernandez, RHP, De La Salle Institute, Chicago, Ill.

42. Toronto Blue Jays, C.J. Van Eyk, RHP, Florida St.

43. Seattle Mariners, Zach DeLoach, OF, Texas A&M.

44. Pittsburgh Pirates, Jared Jones, RHP, La Mirada H.S., Calif.

45. San Diego Padres, Owen Caissie, OF, Notre Dame Catholic H.S., Burlington, Ont.

46. Colorado Rockies, Chris McMahon, RHP. Miami.

47. Chicago White Sox, Jared Kelley, RHP, Refugio H.S., Texas.

48. Cincinnati Reds, Christian Roa, RHP, Texas A&M.

49. San Francisco Giants, Casey Schmitt, 3B, San Diego St.

50. Texas Rangers, Evan Carter, OF, Elizabethton H.S., Tenn.

51. Chicago Cubs, Burl Carraway, RHP, Dallas Baptist, H.S, Texas.

52. New York Mets, J.T. Ginn, RHP, Mississippi St.

53. Milwaukee Brewers, Freddy Zamora, SS, Miami.

54. St. Louis Cardinals, Masyn Winn, SS, Kingwood H.S., Texas.

55. Washington Nationals, Cole Henry, RHP, LSU.

56. Cleveland Indians, Logan Allen, LHP, FIU.

57. Tampa Bay Rays, Ian Seymour, LHP, Virginia Tech.

58. Oakland Athletics, Jeff Criswell, RHP, Michigan.

59. Minnesota Twins, Alerick Soularie, OF, Tennessee.

60. Los Angeles Dodgers, Landon Knack, RHP, ETSU.

Competitive Balance-Round B

61. Miami Marlins, Kyle Nicolas, RHP, Ball St.

62. Detroit Tigers, Daniel Cabrera, OF, LSU.

63. St. Louis Cardinals, Tink Hence, RHP, Watson Chapel H.S., Pine Bluff, Ark.

64. Seattle Mariners, Connor Phillips, RHP, McLennan CC, Texas.

65. Cincinnati Reds, Jackson Miller, C, J.W. Mitchell H.S., New Port Richey, Fla.

66. Los Angeles Dodgers, Clayton Beeter, RHP, Texas Tech.

Second Round (Free Agent Compensation)

67. San Francisco Giants, Nick Swiney, LHP, NC State.

68. San Francisco Giants, Jimmy Glowenke, SS, Dallas Baptist.

69. New York Mets, Isaiah Greene, OF, Corona Senior H.S., Calif.

70. St. Louis Cardinals, Alec Burleson, OF, East Carolina.

71. Washington Nationals, Sammy Infante, SS, Monsignor Edward Pace H.S., Miami, Fla.

72. Houston Astros, Alex Santos II, RHP, Mt. St. Michael Academy, Bronx, N.Y.

Third Round

73. Detroit Tigers, Trei Cruz, SS, Rice.

74. Baltimore Orioles, Anthony Servideo, SS, Mississippi.

75. Miami Marlins, Zach McCambley, RHP, Coastal Carolina.

76. Kansas City Royals, Tyler Gentry, OF, Alabama.

77. Toronto Blue Jays, Trent Palmer, RHP, Jacksonville.

78. Seattle Mariners, Kaden Polcovich, 2B, Oklahoma St.

79. Pittsburgh Pirates, Nick Garcia, RHP, Chapman.

80. San Diego Padres, Cole Wilcox, RHP, Georgia.

81. Colorado Rockies, Sam Weatherly, LHP, Clemson.

82. Los Angeles Angels, David Calabrese, OF, St. Elizabeth Catholic H.S., Vaughan, Ont.

83. Chicago White Sox, Adisyn Coffey, RHP, Wabash Valley.

84. Cincinnati Reds, Bryce Bonnin, RHP, Texas Tech.

85. San Francisco Giants, Kyle Harrison, LHP, De La Salle H.S., Concord, Calif.

86. Texas Rangers, Tekoah Roby, RHP, Pine Forest H.S., Pensacola, Fla.

87. Philadelphia Phillies, Casey Martin, SS, Arkansas.

88. Chicago Cubs, Jordan Nwogu, OF, Michigan.

89. Boston Red Sox, Blaze Jordan, 3B, DeSoto H.S., Southhaven, Miss.

90. Arizona Diamondbacks, Liam Norris, LHP, Green Hope H.S., Cary, N.C.

91. New York Mets, Anthony Walters, SS, San Diego St.

92. Milwaukee Brewers, Zavier Warren, C, Cent. Michigan.

93. St. Louis Cardinals, Levi Prater, LHP, Oklahoma.

94. Washington Nationals, Holden Powell, RHP, UCLA.

95. Cleveland Indians, Petey Halpin, OF, Mira Costa H.S., Manhattan Beach, Calif.

96. Tampa Bay Rays, Hunter Barnhart, RHP, St. Joseph H.S., Santa Maria, Calif.

97. Atlanta Braves, Jessie Franklin, OF, Michigan.

98. Oakland Athletics, Michael Guldberg, OF, Georgia Tech.

99. New York Yankees, Trevor Hauver, OF/2B, Arizona St.

100. Los Angeles Dodgers, Jake Vogel, OF, Huntington Beach H.S., Calif.

101. Houston Astros, Tyler Brown, RHP, Vanderbilt.

Fourth Round

102. Detroit Tigers, Gage Workman, 3B, Arizona St.

103. Baltimore Orioles, Coby Mayo, 3B, Stoneman Douglas H.S., Parkland, Fla.

104. Miami Marlins, Jake Eder, LHP, Vanderbilt.

105. Kansas City Royals, Christian Chamberlain, LHP, Oregon St.

106. Toronto Blue Jays, Nick Frasso, RHP, Loyola Marymount.

107. Seattle Mariners, Tyler Keenan, 3B, Mississippi.

108. Pittsburgh Pirates, Jack Hartman, RHP, Appalachian St.

109. San Diego Padres, Levi Thomas, RHP, Troy.

110. Colorado Rockies, Case Williams, RHP, Douglas County H.S., Castle Rock, Colo.

111. Los Angeles Angels, Werner Blakely, SS, Detroit Edison H.S., Mich.

112. Chicago White Sox, Kade Mechals, RHP, Grand Canyon.

113. Cincinnati Reds, Mackenzie Wainwright, OF, St. Edwards H.S., Lakewood, Ohio.

114. San Francisco Giants, R.J. Dabovich, RHP, Arizona St.

115. Texas Rangers, Dylan MacLean, LHP, Central Catholic H.S., Portland, Ore.

116. Philadelphia Phillies, Carson Ragsdale, RHP, South Florida.

117. Chicago Cubs, Luke Little, LHP, San Jacinto North, Texas.

118. Boston Red Sox, Jeremy Wu-Yelland, LHP, Hawaii.

119. Arizona Diamondbacks, A.J. Vukovich, 3B, East Troy H.S., Wis.

120. New York Mets, Matthew Dyer, C, Arizona.

121. Milwaukee Brewers, Joey Wiemer, OF, Cincinnati.

122. St. Louis Cardinals, Ian Bedell, RHP, Missouri.

123. Washington Nationals, Brady Lindsly, C, Oklahoma.

124. Cleveland Indians, Milan Tolentino, SS, Santa Margarita H.S., Calif.

125. Tampa Bay Rays, Tanner Murray, SS, UC Davis.

126. Atlanta Braves, Spencer Strider, RHP, Clemson.

127. Oakland Athletics, Dane Acker, RHP, Oklahoma.

128. Minnesota Twins, Marco Raya, RHP, United South H.S., Laredo, Texas.

129. New York Yankees, Beck Way, RHP, Northwest Florida State CC.

130. Los Angeles Dodgers, Carson Taylor C, Virginia Tech.

131. Houston Astros, Zach Daniels, OF, Tennessee.

Fifth Round

132. Detroit Tigers, Colt Keith, SS, Biloxi H.S., Miss.

133. Baltimore Orioles, Carter Baumler, RHP, Dowling Catholic H.S., West Des Moines, Iowa.

134. Miami Marlins, Kyle Hurt, RHP, Southern Cal.

135. Kansas City Royals, Will Klein, RHP, E. Illinois.

136. Toronto Blue Jays, Zach Britton, OF, Louisville.

137. Seattle Mariners, Taylor Dollard, RHP, Cal Poly.

138. Pittsburgh Pirates, Logan Hofmann, RHP, Northwestern St.

139. San Diego Padres, Jagger Haynes, LHP, West Columbus H.S., Cerro Gordo, N.C.

140. Colorado Rockies, Jack Blomgren SS, Michigan.

141. Los Angeles Angels, Adam Seminaris, LHP, Long Beach St.

142. Chicago White Sox, Bailey Horn, LHP, Auburn.

143. Cincinnati Reds, Joe Boyle, RHP, Notre Dame.

144. San Francisco Giants, Ryan Murphy, RHP, Le Moyne College.

145. Texas Rangers, Thomas Saggese, SS, Carlsbad H.S., Calif.

146. Philadelphia Phillies, Baron Radcliff, OF, Georgia Tech.

147. Chicago Cubs, Koen Moreno, RHP, Panther Creek H.S., Cary, N.C.

148. Boston Red Sox, Shane Drohan, LHP, Florida St.

149. Arizona Diamondbacks, Brandon Pfaadt, RHP, Bellarmine.

150. New York Mets, Eric Orze, RHP, New Orleans.

151. Milwaukee Brewers, Hayden Cantrelle, SS, Louisiana-Lafayette

152. St. Louis Cardinals, L.J. Jones IV, OF, Long Beach St.

153. Washington Nationals, Mitchell Parker, LHP, San Jacinto North, Texas.

154. Cleveland Indians, Mason Hickman, RHP, Vanderbilt.

155. Tampa Bay Rays, Jeffrey Hakanson, RHP, UCF.

156. Atlanta Braves, Bryce Elder, RHP, Texas.

157. Oakland Athletics, Stevie Emanuels, RHP, Washington.

158. Minnesota Twins, Kala'i Rosario, OF, Waiakea H.S., Hilo, Hawaii.

159. Los Angeles Dodgers, Gavin Stone, RHP, Cent. Arkansas.

160. Houston Astros, Shay Whitcomb, SS, UC San Diego.

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From Rock Hill, S.C., David Cloninger covers Gamecock sports. He will not rest until he owns every great film and song ever recorded.

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