2014 State Draft Report: South Carolina

The makeup of the talent in the Palmetto State is in stark contrast to last year, when the high school class carried the production for the state with a thin college crop. This year the college crop has depth and talent at the top of the draft with a strong group of juniors from South Carolina who have been three-year starters. But the class is hurt by Clemson’s poor draft prospects, as righthander Daniel Gossett was the only Tiger to make the 500.

The college crop was hamstrung by a pair of prominent pitcher injuries; Chad Sobotka, who was considered a candidate to go in the top two rounds with a healthy spring, didn’t throw a pitch in game action all spring and Ben Smith, who was a top-five round talent, underwent Tommy John.

Behind Holmes, who will likely become one of the highest-drafted prep righthanders in the history of the state, the high school talent is considered thin, but next year should provide a much stronger prep crop.

Outside of the top 500 players from the state, prep righthander Charlie Barnes has at least an average breaking ball that he throws for strikes with an 86-88 mph fastball. Infielder Henry Davis shows some athleticism with an average arm.

BA 500 PROSPECTS
Name Pos. National Rk State Rk School Source
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Grant Holmes RHP 16 1 Conway (S.C.) HS HS
Grayson Greiner C 86 2 South Carolina 4YR
Daniel Gossett RHP 90 3 Clemson 4YR
Chad Sobotka RHP 115 4 South Carolina-Upstate 4YR
Jordan Montgomery LHP 120 5 South Carolina 4YR
Mason McCullough RHP 157 6 Lander (S.C.) 4YR
Joey Pankake 3B/OF 206 7 South Carolina 4YR
Clark Scolamiero OF 211 8 Greenville (S.C.) HS HS
Tanner English OF 212 9 South Carolina 4YR
Gunnar Heidt SS 230 10 College of Charleston 4YR
Wesley Rodgers OF 243 11 Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) JC JC
Drew Ellis OF/1B 331 12 Blythewood (S.C.) HS HS
Madison Stokes 3B/2B 347 13 Flora HS, Columbia, S.C. HS
Ben Smith LHP 351 14 Coastal Carolina 4YR
Caleb Smith LHP 426 15 South Carolina-Aiken 4YR
K.J. Bryant OF 481 16 Hampton HS, Greenville, S.C. HS
OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE
Name POS National Rank State Rank School Source
Tyler Herb RHP 17 Costal Carolina COL
Steve Wilkerson MIF 18 Clemson COL
Charlie Barnes RHP 19 Sumter (S.C.) HS HS
Henry Davis SS 20 Mayo HS, Darlington, S.C. HS
Evan Beal RHP 21 South Carolina COL
Joel Seddon RHP 22 South Carolina COL
Garrett Boulware C 23 Clemson COL
Kaleb Earls RHP 24 Limestone COL
Matt Crownover LHP 25 Clemson COL
Curt Britt RHP 26 South Carolina COL
Christian Pelham LHP 27 Spartanburg Methodist JC
Mason Davis 2B 28 The Citadel COL
Tyler Poole RHP 29 Costal Carolina COL
Conor Bright OF 30 South Carolina COL
Tucker Moring RHP 31 West Ashley HS, Charlestown, S.C. HS
Nick Leonard RHP 32 St. Josephs, Easley, S.C. HS
KiJana Madden INF 33 Hillcrest HS, Simpsonville, S.C. HS
Kevin Pohle RHP 34 Clemson COL
Eric Eck RHP 35 Wofford COL
Cody Smith RHP 36 Goose Creek (S.C.) HS HS