Roth, three other Gamecocks taken in MLB draft, 11 total

Gamecock Junior LHP Michael Roth
Gamecock Junior LHP Michael Roth

The MLB draft concluded this afternoon with four more Gamecocks getting drafted, bringing the total number of players from the University of South Carolina to get their name called to 11.

Michael Roth, Steven Neff, Tyler Webb, and Adrian Morales joined seven of their fellow teammates in being selected during the MLB Draft. The Gamecocks 11 drafted players is one short of the SEC record which was set by Vanderbilt this year.

The 31st round of the 50 round draft started at noon, and it did not take long for Junior lefty Michael Roth to get picked up. Roth was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 31st round with the 938 overall pick.

Roth became the Gamecocks pitching ace after he phenomenal showing in Omaha last year. In what would be his first start last season, Roth pitched a complete game against Clemson in an elimination game, allowing just run one on three hits, and would later have another great outing against UCLA in the championship game; a game the Gamecocks won 2-1. This year he has posted stellar numbers as a first year full time starter. Roth led the team this year in ERA (1.10), wins (12), innings pitched (114.2) and strikeouts (93). He also pitched one complete game this season, the only Gamecock pitcher to do so.

Steven Neff was selected in the 41st round by the San Francisco Giants. It was the 1,257 overall pick. Neff, a Junior, began the season as a pitcher, but after injuries plagued the outfield, Neff saw action in the outfield, as well as in the DH spot. As a pitcher, Neff has a 2.45 ERA and a 3-1 record in 12 appearances and 36.2 innings of work.

He was also a welcomed addition to the batting line up, sporting a .258 batting average and hitting 5 home runs. The Lancaster, SC native was previously selected in the 26th round of the 2007 MLB draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates after he graduated high school.

The Cincinnati Reds used their 48th round pick, 1,465 pick overall, to get Sophomore pitcher Tyler Webb. Webb was primarily used as a middle relief pitcher. In 20 appearances - 5 of those starts - the lefty from Nassawdox, Va is 3-1 on the year with a 3.21 ERA in 33.2 innings of work. He has 28 strikeouts and walked 15 walks allowed.

With the draft winding down, the Gamecocks senior infielder, Adrian Morales, was chosen in the 49th round by the Kansas City Royals. It was the 1,476 pick overall. The third baseman out of Hialeah, Florida is hitting .283 for the year with three homers, 38 RBIs and has 14 doubles this year. He was also named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team on Monday.

Morales, a junior college transfer, was previously drafted in the 45 round by the Houston Astros in the 2009 MLB draft.

Here is a complete list of the 11 current Gamecocks drafted this year:
    * Jackie Bradley Jr. - Boston - S-1st - 40
    * Matt Price - Arizona - 6th - 184
    * Scott Wingo - LA Dodgers - 11th - 344
    * Peter Mooney - Toronto - 21st - 649
    * John Taylor - Seattle - 22nd - 663
    * Adam Matthews - Baltimore - 23rd - 695
    * Bryan Harper - Washington - 30th - 907
    * Michael Roth - Cleveland - 31st - 938
    * Steven Neff - San Francisco - 41st - 1257
    * Tyler Webb - Cincinnati - 48th - 1465
    * Adrian Morales - Kansas City - 49th - 1476

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