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USC's Schmidt, Crowe picked on 1st day of MLB Draft

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South Carolina junior right-hander Clarke Schmidt was selected 16h overall in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees.  It is the fifth highest a Gamecock has ever been selected in the MLB Draft.  Schmidt went 4-2 with a 1.34 ERA in nine starts with 70 strikeouts in 60.1 innings pitched before suffering an injury to his right elbow and undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The Gamecocks currently have four former players in the Yankees organization including current big leaguer left-hander Jordan Montgomery.  Left-hander Tyler Webb is in Triple-A with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with right-hander Taylor Widener in high-A with Tampa and outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams also in the organization.

All-Time First Round/Supplemental MLB Draft Selections

Year       Player   Overall  Team

2017       Clarke Schmidt (RHP)      No. 16   Yankees

2011       Jackie Bradley Jr. (OF)    Sup.No. 40          Red Sox

2008       Justin Smoak (1B)             No. 11   Rangers

2008       Reese Havens (SS)           No. 22   Mets

2004       Landon Powell (C)            No. 24   Athletics

2004       Matt Campbell (LHP)      No. 29   Royals

2002       Drew Meyer (SS)              No. 10   Rangers

1999       Brian Roberts (SS)            Sup.No. 50          Orioles

1998       Adam Everett (SS)            No. 12   Red Sox

1990       Brian Williams (RHP)       Sup.No. 31          Astros

1985       Mike Cook (RHP)              No. 19   Angels

1982       Joe Kucharski (RHP)        No. 24   Orioles

1977       Randy Martz (RHP)          No. 12   Cubs

1974       Eddie Ford (SS)  No. 20   Red Sox

Earl Bass, Garry Hancock and Joe McCarthy all were first round picks in Secondary Phase drafts.

South Carolina junior right-hander Wil Crowe was selected 65th overall in the second round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals.  Crowe is the second Gamecock to be selected in this year’s draft.  He went 6-5 with a 3.41 ERA in 92.1 innings pitched with 90 strikeouts in 15 starts.

The Gamecocks currently have one former player in the Washington Nationals organization, left-hander Bryan Harper, who lettered for the Garnet & Black in the 2011 season.

Crowe was named to the 2017 SEC Baseball Community Service Team. This past year, Crowe participated in an event with Special Olympics at Founders Park that included baserunning, throwing, hitting, autographs and a tour of the facility with the athletes. Crowe visited with kids of Epworth Children’s Home and also participated in a baseball game with the City of Columbia Youth Program. In addition, Crowe attended Arden Elementary School and participated in “Reading Is Fun Day,” activities. Crowe also assisted in coach a little league team with the Lexington County Youth Baseball league.


 

CLARKE SCHMIDT BIO

2017 – Missed the remainder of the 2017 season after an MRI revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament to his right elbow ... Named to USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List ... Started nine games and went 4-1 with a 1.34 ERA in 60.1 innings with 15 runs allowed, nine earned on 41 hits with 18 walks and 70 strikeouts, opponents hit .194 against him ... Allowed five runs, two earned, on five hits in eight innings with a walk and 11 strikeouts in 7-4 loss to Mississippi State (4/14) ... No-decision in 5-3 loss to Vanderbilt (4/7); allowed two runs on five hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts ... Eight scoreless innings with just five hits allowed, three walks and 10 strikeouts to earn win in 7-0 victory at Auburn (4/1) ... No-decision in 4-2 win vs. Alabama after allowing one run on three hits in six innings with no walks and five strikeouts (3/26) ... Improved to 3-0 after allowing just two runs on eight hits in 7.1 innings with no walks and a career-high 12 strikeouts in 3-2 win over Michigan State (3/10) ... Improved to 2-0 with a win in 2-0 victory at Clemson (3/3); 5.2 scoreless with just four hits allowed, seven walks and five strikeouts ... No-decision in 4-3 win over Wright State (2/24); allowed three runs, all unearned, on four hits in 6.1 innings with a walk and 11 strikeouts ... Allowed just one run on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 6.2 innings to earn a win in 7-1 victory over UNCG on Opening Day (2/17).

2016 - Earned third-team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball ... Earned second-team All-SEC honors ... Named to USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List ... Named to College Baseball Hall of Fame National Pitcher of the Year Award Watch List ... Made 18 appearances with 17 starts, 9-5 with a 3.40 ERA in 111.1 innings, allowed 50 runs, 42 earned, on 107 hits with 27 walks and 129 strikeouts, opponents hit .248 against him ... Won ninth game of the year in a win in 10-5 win at Kentucky (5/6); allowed five runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings with a walk and seven strikeouts ... Quality start in 5-4 loss to Florida (4/29); allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 6.1 innings ... Improved to 8-1 with second career complete game allowing one run on five hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts in a career-high nine innings in 3-1 win at Georgia (4/15) ... Earned seventh win of the season allowing two runs, one earned, on nine hits in six innings with three walks and 10 strikeouts in 7-6 win over Tennessee (4/8) ... Pitched first career complete game in 6-3 loss at Vanderbilt (3/31); allowed six runs, four earned, on eight hits in eight innings with a walk and nine strikeouts ... Improved to 6-0 with win in 5-1 victory at Ole Miss (3/24); allowed one run on nine hits in 6.2 innings with eight strikeouts ... Improved to 5-0 with win in 10-6 victory over Arkansas (3/18); allowed four runs on nine hits with a walk and 11 strikeouts ... Improved to 4-0 throwing 7.1 scoreless innings with just four hits allowed, no walks and nine strikeouts in 9-0 win over Charleston Southern (3/11) ... Improved to 3-0 with a career-high eight inning and nine strikeouts, did not allow a run and allowed just five hits in 8-1 win over Clemson (3/4); named SEC Pitcher of the Week and won the Tom Price Award as MVP for the Gamecocks in the Clemson series ... Seven scoreless innings to improve to 2-0 on the year with just one hit allowed and one walk while striking out eight in 7-1 win over Penn State (2/26) ... Allowed one run on three hits in six innings of work with four walks and six strikeouts to earn first win of the season in 10-1 victory over Albany (2/19).

2015 - Made 18 appearances with 10 starts, went 2-2 with a 4.81 ERA in 58.0 innings, allowed 37 runs, 31 earned, on 70 hits with 20 walks and 55 strikeouts ... Allowed two runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings while striking out four and walking one in 3-2 win over Vanderbilt (4/18) ... One scoreless inning of relief in 7-4 loss to Presbyterian (4/14) ... Allowed two runs on four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in four innings in 4-2 win vs. The Citadel (4/8) ... Worked five-plus innings and allowed four runs on five hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in 8-5 win over Georgia (3/29) ... 6.2 innings and seven strikeouts, allowed two runs on four hits in 6-4 win over Kentucky (3/15) ... First career start in 5-3 win over Miami (Ohio) (3/8); allowed two runs, both unearned, on two hits in 4.2 innings with two walks and four strikeouts ... One scoreless inning of relief in 4-1 win vs. Clemson (2/28) ... Improved to 2-0 with 2.1 innings of relief, allowed one run on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 6-4 win over Northeastern (2/22) ... First career win with 4.2 scoreless innings of relief in 5-2 win over Furman (2/17); allowed just four hits and no walks with three strikeouts ... One perfect inning of relief with a strikeout in 6-3 loss to College of Charleston (2/13).

WIL CROWE BIO

2017 - Improved to 6-5 with win in 10-2 victory vs. Missouri at the SEC Tournament (5/25) allowing just one run on four hits with three walks and tied a season-high with nine strikeouts in six innings of work ... Allowed just two runs on four hits in seven innings with two walks and tied season-high with nine strikeouts to earn victory in 4-3 win at Missouri (5/12) ... Earned win in 4-2 victory at Florida (4/21) after allowing just one run on six hits in seven-plus innings with no walks and three strikeouts ... Season-high eight innings in 5-4 loss to Mississippi State (4/15); allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts ... Allowed two runs on five hits in 6.1 innings with two walks and five strikeouts in a no-decision in a 6-5 win over Alabama (3/25) ... No-decision in 6-4 win at Tennessee (3/18); allowed three runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings with four walks and five strikeouts ... Improved to 3-0 allowing just one run on three hits in 6.2 innings with three walks and tying season-high with nine strikeouts in 5-2 win over Michigan State (3/11) ... No-decision in 8-7 loss to Clemson (3/4); allowed four runs on six hits in six-plus innings with two walks and six strikeouts ... Improved to 2-0 in 10-5 win over Wright State allowing just one run on four hits in 6.1 innings with a walk and nine strikeouts (2/25) ... Five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and just three hits allowed and one walk to earn victory in 5-1 win over UNCG (2/18).

2016 - 2016 MLB Draft selection (21st round/Cleveland Indians) ... Medical redshirt season, did not pitch recovering from Tommy John surgery.

2015 - Underwent surgery and missed the remainder of the 2015 season after the Florida series due to an injury to his right elbow ... Made nine starts and was 3-4 with a 4.91 ERA in 51.1 innings, allowed 32 runs, 28 earned on 52 hits with 19 walks and 59 strikeouts, opponents hit .263 against him ... No-decision in 6-5 loss to Georgia (3/27); allowed three runs on six hits in six innings with two walks and seven strikeouts (3/27) ... Complete game in 3-2 loss at Missouri (3/20); allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits in eight innings with two walks and six strikeouts ... Named SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week after seven innings allowing one run, unearned, on one hit with three walks and tying career-high 10 strikeouts to earn victory in 10-1 win over Kentucky (3/13) ... Improved to 2-1 with win in 2-0 victory over Miami (Ohio) (3/6); allowed no runs on five hits in seven innings with three walks to eight strikeouts ... Four scoreless innings with just four hits allowed, no walks and seven strikeouts in 6-0 win over Northeastern (2/21) ... Earned win in 7-1 win over College of Charleston, hurled 6.1 innings and allowed one run on four hits with three walks and a career-high 10 strikeouts (2/14).

2014 - Earned Freshman All-America honors from Baseball America ... Started 15 games and went 8-3 with a 2.75 ERA in 91.2 innings, allowed 32 runs, 28 earned, on 76 hits with 19 walks and 59 strikeouts, opponents hit .228 against him ... Named to NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team ... Hurled four-hit complete game shutout with no walks and four strikeouts in 9-0 win over Campbell in NCAA Regional (6/1) ... Allowed three runs on four hits in seven-plus innings of work with no walks and tied a season-high with nine strikeouts to earn a win in 6-3 win over Vanderbilt (5/17) ... Quality start despite no-decision in 2-1 win over Missouri (5/11), allowed one run on four hits in seven innings with a walk and four strikeouts ... No-decision in 9-3 win over Alabama (4/27); allowed three runs on five hits in five-plus innings with four walks and three strikeouts ... No-decision in 4-3 win at Auburn (4/20); allowed three runs on six hits in 5.2 innings with two walks and six strikeouts ... Worked 7.1 innings and allowed five runs, two earned, on 10 hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 6-5 loss to Florida (4/13) ... Improved to 6-0 with 7.1 scoreless innings with just eight hits allowed no walks and three strikeouts in 8-0 win over Tennessee (3/30) ... Earned fifth win of the season in 8-3 win at Kentucky (3/23); allowed two runs on four hits in six-plus innings ... Improved to 4-0 in 3-1 win over Ole Miss (3/15); allowed one run on six hits in 5.1 innings with a walk and two strikeouts ... Eight scoreless innings with just four hits allowed and one walk and nine strikeouts in 1-0 win over Brown (3/9) ... No-decision in 5-3 win at Clemson; worked 6.2 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits with no walks and a pair of strikeouts (3/2) ... SEC Freshman of the Week after pitching 6.1 scoreless innings with just four hits allowed and five strikeouts in 6-0 win over Eastern Kentucky (2/23) ... SEC Pitcher of the Week after going 6.1 hitless innings with just one walk and one hit by pitch while striking out five to earn first career victory in first start in 12-0 win over Bucknell (2/16).


 

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