Former South Carolina baseball star Justin Smoak, out of Stratford High School, has been called up to the major leagues by the Texas Rangers.
The first baseman, who played three seasons at USC, will be with the American League club as it begins a weekend home series in Arlington, Texas, today against the Detroit Tigers.
Smoak had been on a tear on the Triple-A level with Oklahoma City, hitting .326 (15 for 46) with a pair of homers and five RBIs.
He has also walked 16 times to just six strikeouts and had a .500 on-base percentage. Smoak is one of four former Gamecocks to currently be in the majors, along with Adam Everett (Tigers), Landon Powell (Athletics) and Brian Roberts (Orioles).
A MLB first-round selection in 2008, Smoak has risen quickly in the Rangers organization. Smoak was rated as the No. 4 best prospect in the minor leagues by Baseball America.