The RiverDogs announced their 2016 Opening Day Roster on Sunday, and with a pair of pitchers from colleges in South Carolina, fans can expect to see some familiar faces this season at The Joe.
James Reeves of The Citadel and Brody Koerner of Clemson are both on the RiverDogs’ opening day roster.
Reeves is a southpaw out of Summerville and comes to the RiverDogs by way of the The Citadel, where he was the Southern Conference’s pitcher of the year in 2015 as a redshirt junior.
The Yankees selected him in the 10th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft with the 303rd overall pick.
Reeves’ decorated career with the Bulldogs includes tossing the sixth no-hitter in school history last March, when he fanned 14 Mercer batters for the first Citadel no-hitter in 13 years.
He attended Ashley Ridge High School and left the Citadel with 227 career strikeouts, 115 of which came in 2015.
Koerner is a right-handed pitcher out of Concord, N.C., though he was born in Winchester, Va. He suited up for Clemson for three seasons before he was drafted by the Yankees in the 17th round of the 2015 draft.
At Clemson, Koerner was both a starter and a reliever and accumulated a 5-7 record in 31 appearances, including 19 starts.
He also had a brief stint in Charleston last season, going 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA in eight appearances for the RiverDogs.
The RiverDogs play the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Wednesday (7:05 p.m.) in an exhibition game at Riley Park, and open the South Atlantic League season at home Thursday against the Columbia Fireflies at 7:05 p.m.