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2016 State Draft Report: South Carolina

updated_state_rating_three_star Solid, not spectacular
Rating compares this year’s group to what a state typically produces, not to other states

South Carolina likely won’t produce a first-rounder this year, but it does have some intrigue in the first five rounds thanks to the emergence of prep outfielder Thomas Jones and draft-eligible redshirt freshman righthander Braden Webb of South Carolina. Conversely, the loss of South Carolina righthander Wil Crowe to Tommy John surgery weakened the class at the top.

Neither of the flagship schools in the state, Clemson and South Carolina, are brimming with top-flight draft talent in this year’s class, but they still provide depth in the first 10 rounds with prospects like outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams and infielder Weston Wilson.

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1. Chris Okey, c, Clemson (National Rank: 52)
2. Thomas Jones, of, Laurens (S.C.) HS (National Rank: 58)
3. Braden Webb, rhp, South Carolina (National Rank: 71)
4. Wil Crowe, rhp, South Carolina (National Rank: 148)
5. Kep Brown, of, Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) JC (National Rank: 171)
6. Tyler Lancaster, c, Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) JC (National Rank: 196)
7. Taylor Widener, rhp, South Carolina (National Rank: 258)
8. Matt Crohan, lhp, Winthrop (National Rank: 261)
9. Dom Thompson-Williams, of, South Carolina (National Rank: 286)
10. Will Stillman, rhp, Wofford (National Rank: 288)
11. Gene Cone, of, South Carolina (National Rank: 310)
12. Alex Bostic, lhp, Clemson (National Rank: 311)
13. Eli White, ss, Clemson (National Rank: 321)
14. Weston Wilson, 3b, Clemson (National Rank: 329)
15. Michael Paez, ss, Coastal Carolina (National Rank: 403)
16. Bailey Ober, rhp, College of Charleston (National Rank: 467)
17. Connor Owings, of, Coastal Carolina (National Rank: 491)
18. Clate Schmidt, rhp, Clemson (National Rank: 493)
19. Bradley Jones, 1b, College of Charleston (National Rank: 497)


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20. Alex Cunningham, rhp, Coastal Carolina
21. Grant Bodison, ss, Mauldin (S.C.) HS
22. Blake Holliday, rhp, Belton (S.C.) Honea HS
23. Zach Remillard, 3b, Coastal Carolina
24. Marcus Mooney, ss/2b, South Carolina
25. Owen Griffith, rhp, South Aiken (S.C.) HS
26. Reed Rohlman, of, Clemson
27. Josh Reagan, lhp, South Carolina
28. Pat Krall, lhp, Clemson
29. Nathan Helvey, rhp, College of Charleston
30. Brandon White, rhp, Lander
31. Sawyer Bridges, rhp, Summerville (S.C.) HS
32. G.K. Young, dh/c, Coastal Carolina
33. Mason Berne, 1b, Spartanburg Methodist JC (S.C.)
34. Davis Agle, rhp, Spartanburg Methodist JC (S.C.)
35. Mike Morrison, rhp, Coastal Carolina
36. Matthew Milburn, rhp, Wofford
37. Ryne Huggins, lhp, Newberry (S.C.) HS
38. Colby Lusignan, 1b, Lander
39. Josh Hernandez, c, A.C. Flora HS, Columbia, S.C.
40. Zach Daly, of, Lander
41. Roger Gonzales, c, Winthrop



Alex Cunningham, rhp, Coastal Carolina – Cunningham has a lengthy medical history that will likely scare off teams in early rounds, but when healthy, he’s been up to 96 mph with a solid changeup and slurvey breaking ball. He lives more around 88-92 mph in games.

Marcus Mooney, ss/2b, South Carolina – Mooney is a college coach’s dream at shortstop in terms of makeup and consistency, but he’s light on raw tools and athleticism and, though he’s had his best offensive season this spring, he’s light with the bat, as well. In a thin college shortstop class, Mooney could get a look as an affordable senior sign.

Ryne Huggins, lhp, Newberry (S.C.) HS – Huggins has a physical, 6-foot-5 frame and has shown flashes of velocity, but will need to get stronger and improve his offspeed stuff. He is committed to Clemson.

Josh Hernandez, c, A.C. Flora HS, Columbia, S.C. – Hernandez is a strong-armed catcher with bat speed but needs to put his tools together at UNC Wilmington.

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