A number of pitchers from the Palmetto State are finding their niche in pro baseball as closers, including a handful from College of Charleston.
The group is led by former Clemson standout Danny Moskos, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Pirates.
After going 18-17 as a starter in 2008 and '09, Moskos became a closer this season and is 1-1 with a 1.37 ERA and 14 saves for Double-A Altoona. Moskos, 24, could earn a September call-up.
Several former Cougars also are finding success at the end of games. Brian Schlitter, a 6-5, 240-pound right-hander, has eight saves and a 3.58 ERA in 21 appearances for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs.
Danny Meszaros, a 48th-round pick of the Astros in 2008, is 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA and six saves at Double-A Corpus Christi, though he's currently on the disabled list.
Then there's Jesse Simpson (3-1, 2.34 ERA, 4 saves) at Class A Quad Cities for the Cardinals, and Michael Kohn (3-2, 2.30 ERA, 3 saves) at the Angels' Triple-A team in Salt Lake City. Kohn, a 13th-round pick in 2008, has 36 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings.
--Infielder Reese Havens (Bishop England HS/USC) has been hitting well (.343 in 17 games with the Double-A Binghamton Mets), but was removed from a game with Trenton with muscle soreness on Friday night. Havens was sidelined with an oblique strain earlier this season.
-- Outfielder Chris Swauger (The Citadel) has been on a tear since returning from the disabled list for the Class A Palm Beach Cardinals. He's hitting .361 in his last 10 games, with four doubles, a home run and seven RBIs.
--First baseman Ben Lasater (College of Charleston) has been named to the Florida State League mid-season all-star team. Lasater is hitting .277 with 32 RBIs through 54 games with Class A Jupiter in the Marlins' system.
--Outfielder Justin Greene (Stratford HS/Francis Marion) has been named to the Carolina League all-star team. Greene is hitting .313 with seven homers and 37 RBIs through 62 games with the White Sox' Class A team in Winston-Salem, N.C.
--Pitcher Matt Crim (The Citadel) had one of his best outings of the season, working eight innings and allowing five hits and no runs with nine strikeouts in a 6-0 win over Kinston on Friday.
--Richard Jones (The Citadel) has been sent down to extended spring training by the Cubs after batting .216 in 37 games for Class A Peoria. Jones was a catcher at The Citadel, but has been playing corner outfield and some first base this season.
--First baseman Brandon Waring (Wofford) is batting .237 with eight homers and 27 RBIs through 56 games with Double-A Bowie in the Orioles' system. He was a seventh-round pick in 2007 and batted .274 with 27 homers and 96 RBIs in 136 games last season.
--First baseman Steve Pearce (USC) is rehabbing an ankle injury with the Pirates. He's hitting .276 in 15 big-league games this season.