A pair of South Carolina pitchers signed professional contracts on Sunday ending their time with the Gamecocks.
Redshirt junior righthanded pitcher TJ Shook has signed a free-agent deal with the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon while redshirt senior righthanded pitcher Graham Lawson has signed a free-agent deal with the Chicago Cubs Sunday afternoon (June 14). The Woodruff, S.C. native inked a deal with the Cubs on the first day undrafted college and high school players can sign deals with major league clubs.
Shook, a native of Columbia, S.C., made six appearances for the Gamecocks, striking out 16 batters in 8.2 innings pitched to go along with a 2.08 ERA and a pair of saves. Shook held opponents to a .107 batting average and struck out five in two innings of work to earn a save vs. UNF (Feb. 25). He had three strikeouts in a win over Clemson on Feb. 29 and picked up a save in a win over Furman (March 3). In his Carolina career, Shook was 6-1 with a 3.04 ERA and three saves with 92 strikeouts in 74 innings pitched.
Lawson made six appearances for the Gamecocks in 2020, striking out eight in six innings of work with a 1.50 ERA. He struck out the side in the Opening Day win over Holy Cross (Feb. 14) and had a pair of punchouts in 1.2 innings in a win over Presbyterian (Feb. 19). Lawson missed 2019 with injury and was 1-1 with three saves in 22 appearances for Carolina in 2018, helping the Gamecocks to a super regional berth.