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Gamecocks in the pros - August 1

Dozens of former Gamecocks are playing professional baseball with a handful in the Major Leagues. Here’s a look at how they’re performing as well as how some of the current players are doing in summer league action.

Evan Marzilli is playing very well for the Osprey to start his professional career hitting .364 in 21 games. He has four doubles and a triple this season. He’s hitting .372 in his last 10 games with a .426 on-base percentage.

Major League

James Darnell, San Diego Padres - In seven games this season, Darnell is hitting .235 with one home run, a double, and an RBI. His last game was May 17 and he was put on the 60-day disabled list.

Steve Pearce, Houston Astros - Pearce is hitting .269 this season in 30 games with both the Baltimore Orioles and Houston Astros. Pearce was claimed by the Astros and made his debut for the club on July 29 against Pittsburgh. He has six doubles, three home runs and 17 RBIs this season and is 3-for-7 for his new club.

Brian Roberts, Baltimore Orioles - Roberts was put on the 15-day DL with a groin strain with his last appearance being on July 1. He missed the early part of the season with an injury and has only played in 15 games this season. He has 12 hits and five RBIs. Roberts was only hitting .182 at the time of his injury and had one hit over his final seven games.

Minor Leagues

Jackie Bradley Jr., Double-A Portland - Red Sox - Rocketing through the Red Sox organization, Bradley Jr. has played 39 games in Double-A Portland and is hitting .301 with 14 doubles and 19 RBIs. During his minor league season in 2012, which began with the Greenville Drive, Bradley Jr. is .336 with r0 doubles and 53 RBIs in 106 games. He was named a mid-season all-star in the Carolina League.

Billy Buckner, Triple-A Pawtucket - Red Sox - After starting the season in Double-A, Buckner was promoted to Pawtucket and has 11 starts for the Triple-A club. He has a 4-3 record with a 3.20 ERA in 56.1 innings pitched. Buckner picked up the win in his start on July 29 pitching six shutout innings allowing one hit and one walk while striking out two. He’s given up two earned runs in his last 19 innings.

Mike Cisco, Triple-A Lehigh Valley - Phillies - A reliever now, Cisco is 3-3 in 21 appearances with the Triple-A club. He also has a save to his credit in 41.2 innings. He’s allowed 37 hits and has 37 strikeouts while allowing only five earned runs for a 1.08 ERA in Triple-A. During the 2012 minor league season, in which Cisco began in Double-A, the right-hander has a 1.51 ERA in 31 games and 59.2 innings.

Double-A Boston farmhand Jackie Bradley Jr.

Blake Cooper, Single-A Advanced Visalia - Diamondbacks - Now a reliever, Cooper has spent all season in Class-A advanced with the Diamondbacks and has pitched in 36 games. He has two saves in 45 innings pitched and a 2-5 record. Sporting a 3.20 earned run average, Cooper has walked 18 and struck out 47 while opponents hit .251 against him. He has not allowed an earned run in his last four appearances.

Justin Dalles, Single-A Advanced Frederick - Orioles - Dalles has spent the majority of the 2012 season in the Carolina League with Frederick and he’s currently hitting .234 with eight doubles and two home runs in 41 games. Dalles has struggled a bit the past 10 games hitting only .171 but he is on a three-game hitting streak.

Sam Dyson, Double-A New Hampshire - Blue Jays - Dyson was called up to the big leagues earlier this month and made two appearances for Toronto. He pitched two-thirds of an inning and allowed three earned runs on four hits with a walk. His first outing he recorded both of his outs without a run but his second outing didn’t go well. He’s made four relief appearances since being sent back down and has allowed one earned run in 6.1 innings pitched.

Bobby Haney, Single-A Advanced San Jose - Giants - Haney has spent the entire 2012 season with Single-A advanced San Jose and is hitting .323 with 14 doubles and 17 RBIs in 47 games. Haney has done well the last 10 games hitting .333 with a pair of doubles.

Bryan Harper, Single-A Short Season Auburn - Nationals Harper has pitched in nine games this season and has a 16.20 earned run average. In 8.1 innings pitched, he’s allowed 24 hits and has eight walks versus nine strikeouts. In his last outing, Harper allowed four earned runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Reese Havens, Double-A Binghamton - Mets - Knock on wood, Havens is healthy. He hasn’t put together his best season hitting just .230 in 76 games but he has been on the field, which is a step in the right direction. He has 2 doubles, eight home runs and 29 RBIs. Havens is really starting to turn it up though hitting .333 in his last 10 games with a pair of doubles and an on-base percentage of .474.

Evan Marzilli, Rookie League, Missoula - Diamondbacks Marzilli is playing very well for the Osprey to start his professional career hitting .364 in 21 games. He has four doubles and a triple this season. He’s hitting .372 in his last 10 games with a .426 on-base percentage.

Adam Matthews, Rookie League AZL Reds - Reds Matthews has played in 11 games since signing a professional contract and is hitting .275 in 40 at-bats. He has a double and scored eight runs.

Baltimore Orioles Single-A first baseman Christian Walker

Whit Merrifield, Single-A Advanced Wilmington - Royals - Merrifield is currently in Class-A advanced with Wilmington and has been for the entire 2012 season. In 94 games, he’s hitting .260 with 19 doubles, three triples, and eight home runs.

Peter Mooney, Single-A Advanced Dunedin - Blue Jays - Mooney has not played this season and is currently on the 7-day DL.

Adrian Morales, Single-A Advanced Wilmington - Royals - Morales was recently promoted to the same team as Merrifield but he’s only played in one game thus far. He’s 0-for-3 with an RBI and a strikeout in his only appearance on July 25.

Steven Neff, Single-A Augusta - Giants - Now a reliever, Neff has appeared in 33 games and has a 3-1 record just up I-20 in Augusta, Ga. He has allowed 61 hits in 60.1 innings pitched and opponents are hitting .270 against him. Overall this season, he has a 3.58 ERA. Neff had one bad outing in his last 10 games but rebounded with a scoreless inning pitched on July 30 striking out two.

Landon Powell, Triple-A Oklahoma City - Astros - A former MLB player with Oakland, Powell has played all season with Oklahoma City in the Astros organization. He’s hitting .262 this season with five doubles, eight home runs and 35 RBIs. Powell has slumped recently hitting just .184 over his last 10 games with 11 strikeouts and one walk.

Matt Price - Orioles Price will not pitch this year in the Orioles organization due to the amount of innings he pitched in college combined with some minor shoulder problems.

Michael Roth, Rookie League, Orem Owlz - Angels - Roth has started two games and pitched in a total of four while compiling an 0-1 record. He's only on a 30-pitch per outing pitch count and is yet to throw more than two innings. In a relief appearance on July 28, he pitched two perfect innings striking out three.

Justin Smoak, Triple-A Tacoma - Mariners - Smoak was reassigned after going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Yankees on July 23, which dropped his batting average to .189 on the season.

Rising senior Hunter Privette is standing out for Forest City

John Taylor, Single-A Clinton - Mariners - Taylor has appeared in 30 games with Clinton and has a 3-5 record with a 4.69 earned run average. He has three saves in 40.1 innings pitched and opponents are hitting .288 against him. Taylor is 2-2 in his last 10 games. In that stretch, he has not allowed a run in seven of those appearances.

Steven Tollenson, Triple-A Norfolk - Orioles - Tolleson has bounced back and forth between the majors and minors since joining the Orioles organization. He’s been down in Triple-A since July 28 and still resides there as he waits on the call back to the Bigs. In the minors this year, he’s hitting .274 in 35 games.

Christian Walker, Single-A Short-Season, Aberdeen IronBirds - Orioles Walker is hitting .299 in 21 games with the Single-A club. He has five doubles and a pair of home runs with 10 walks with an on-base percentage of .393. After a bit of a slow start, Walker is hitting .371 in the last 10 games and has more walks (7) than strikeouts (5).

Scott Wingo, Single-A advanced Rancho Cucamonga - Dodgers - Wingo has played 90 games for the California League team hitting .256 with 12 doubles, six triples, and two home runs. Wingo has turned it up at the plate the last 10 games hitting .343 with four doubles and six RBIs in his last 35 at-bats.

Summer baseball

Connor Bright - Coastal Plains League, Florence Redwolves Bright has played in 22 games this summer for the Redwolves and is hitting just .195 with eight runs scored and 11 RBIs.

Seth Constable - Coastal Plains League, Thomasville Hi-Toms Constable, who redshirted, played in 17 games this season with Thomasville hitting .156 before leaving the team. He had six walks, one double, and 11 strikeouts.

TJ Costen - Coastal Plains League, Thomasville Hi-Toms Costen has played in and started 23 games this season for Thomasville and is hitting .232 while seeing most of his action in the outfield. He has one triple and 12 runs scored while going 2-for-4 in stolen bases.

Josh Knab - Coastal Plains League, Columbia Blowfish - Knab redshirted last season and will be a junior again in 2013. He has 18 appearances this year and sports a 1-1 record with a 3.33 earned run average. He has five saves in 27.0 innings pitched and 28 strikeouts versus just seven walks.

Kyle Martin - Coastal Plains League, Florence Redwolves Martin has played 21 games this season and is hitting .276 with the Redwolves. He only has two extra base hits and eight RBIs but he has nine walks against eight strikeouts.

Erik Payne - Coastal Plains League, Columbia Blowfish Payne only played in eight games before being lost for the season with a stress fracture in his left foot. He hit .240 with four extra-base hits, 11 RBIs, and six strikeouts against four walks in 25 at-bats.

Hunter Privette - Coastal Plains League, Forest City Owls - Privette has 14 appearances this summer and has thrown 21.1 innings. While he has not recorded a decision, he has only a 1.27 ERA allowing 12 hits and five walks against 21 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting only .158 against him.

Graham Saiko - Coastal Plains League, Columbia Blowfish - A junior college transfer yet to see the field for the Gamecocks, Saiko is hitting .289, which is third on the Blowfish squad. In 42 games, he has eight doubles and 21 RBIs while also going 18-for-21 in stolen bases. He has 26 walks against 23 strikeouts. He has played some shortstop and third base and has 18 errors this summer.

Joel Seddon - Coastal Plains League, Columbia Blowfish - Seddon hasn’t had the best summer going 1-2 in six appearances with a 6.97 earned run average. In 20.2 innings pitched, he has allowed 29 hits and walked 11. The right-hander has 19 strikeouts but opponents are hitting .341 against him.

Zack Smith - Coastal Plains League, Columbia Blowfish - With Paynes departure from the team, the door was opened for Smith to join the Blowfish. He’s hitting .175 in 11 games this season with three runs scored and five RBIs. He’s predominantly played first base.

Drake Thomason - Coastal Plains League, Forest City Owls Thomason has eight starts and 11 appearances this season posting a 5.59 earned run average in 46.2 innings pitched. He has allowed 50 hits and 35 walks while striking out 28. Thomason is 3-5 this season with opponents hitting .266 against him.

Adam Westmoreland - Coastal Plains League, Forest City Owls Westmoreland joined the Owls early in July and has an 0-2 record with a 1.59 earned run average. He has 17.0 innings pitched in six appearances, which includes two starts, and has 12 strikeouts against nine walks.

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