Spartans In The Pros


Chris Nowak with the Class AA Montgomery Biscuits

Bradley Blanks with the Frontier League's Evansville Otters

Brandon Williams with the Frontier League's Gateway Grizzlies

Matt Branham with the Class A Fort Wayne Tin Caps

Teddy Fallon with the Class A State College Spikes

Chris Nowak with the Class AAA Durham Bulls

Current Professional Baseball Players

Matt Branham (2006-10)
Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 27th Round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft ... A four-year letterwinner for the Spartans ... Finished his USC Upstate career with three school records: games started (51), strikeouts in a season (86) and strikeouts in a career (264) ... Branham also finished ranked in the top-five in four other categories: innings pitched (315.2, 2nd), fewest walks per nine innings (2.68, 3rd), shutouts (1, 3rd) and wins (17, 5th).

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Scott DeCecco (2010-12)
Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 21st Round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft ... Is tied for 13th all-time at USC Upstate with 11 career victories ... Is tied for fifth all-time at Upstate with 42 career games appeared in ... Ranks seventh all-time at Upstate with 222.2 innings pitched ... Stands seventh all-time at Upstate with 155 career strikeouts ... Featured a 5-3 record with a 3.95 ERA in 2012 in leading Upstate to a second place finish in the A-Sun standings and 33 overall victories.

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Gaither Bumgardner (2010-13)
Drafted by the New York Mets in the 23rd Round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft ... Ranks 13th all-time at Upstate with a .349 career batting average ... Stands sixth all-time at Upstate with 133 runs scored ... Ranks first all-time at Upstate with 266 career hits ... Stands ninth all-time at Upstate with 118 career RBIs ... Is tied for sixth at Upstate with 10 career triples ... Tied for ninth all-time at Upstate with 28 games started on the mound ... Pitched 160.0 innings during his Upstate career.

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Brandon Lee (2012-13)
Signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals following the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft ... Ranks first all-time at Upstate with the fewest walks per game (1.54) ... Is tied for ninth all-time at Upstate with 14 career victories ... Stands tied for third all-time at Upstate with seven complete games ... Ranks first all-time at Upstate with four career shutouts ... Is 10th all-time at Upstate with 139 career strikeouts ... Ranks 10th all-time at Upstate with 186.2 innings pitched.

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Brody Greer (2010-13)
Signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks following the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft ... Is tied for 19th all-time at Upstate with 171 career hits ... Stands tied for ninth all-time at Upstate with seven career triples ... Is tied for 12th all-time at Upstate with 33 career doubles ... Is tied for second all-time at Upstate with 527 career assists ... Also doubled as a reliever for the Spartans during the 2013 season and went 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA.

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Chad Sobotka (2012-14)
Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft ... Ranks second all-time at Upstate with 19 career saves ... Made 51 appearances during his career as a Spartan ... His 12 saves in 2012 were tied for the most in a single season in school history ... Was tabbed the 2014 A-Sun Preseason Pitcher of the Year ... Named to the All-Atlantic Sun second team in 2013 ... Is the highest Spartan ever to be drafted.

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David Roseboom (2011-14)
Drafted by the New York Mets in the 17th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft ... Is tied for third all-time at Upstate with 18 career victories ... Ranks eighth all-time at Upstate with 65 career appearances ... Is first all-time at Upstate with 56 games started ... Ranks first all-time at Upstate with 319.2 career innings pitched ... Stands third all-time at Upstate with 209 career strikeouts ... Named to the All-Atlantic second team in 2012 and 2014.

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Former USC Upstate Professional Baseball Players

Steve Bird
1986
Major League
Draft Pick

Cleveland,
6th Round

Kenny Dickson
1987
Major League
Draft Pick

Houston,
21st Round

Chris Hawkins
1987
Major League
Draft Pick

Houston,
15th Round

Doug Keelan
1987
Undrafted
Free Agent
Atlanta

Leonard Thigpen
1988
Major League
Draft Pick

New York (AL),
69th Round

Don Brock
1988
Major League
Draft Pick

San Francisco,
35th Round
Rick Given
1988
Major League
Draft Pick

Houston,
20th Round
Tony McKinney
1988

Major League
Undrafted
Free Agent

Pittsburgh
Ken Penland
1988

Major League
Draft Pick

Texas,
40th Round

 
 

Lindsey Robinson
1988
Major League
Draft Pick

Texas,
  32nd Round

Pete Agostinelli
1992
Undrafted
Free Agent
Philadelphia

Ben Wages
1994
Signed by
Frontier League's Lancaster

Hugh Holliday
1996
Undrafted
Free Agent
Cincinnati

Matt Dover
1998
Signed by Northeast League's Massachusetts

 Chris Nowak
2004
Major League Draft Pick
Tampa Bay, 19th Round

 

 Eric Davis
2005
Signed by United League's
Amarillo
 Brandon Williams
2006
Major League Draft Pick
Pittsburgh, 29th Round

Bret Story
2007
Undrafted
Free Agent
Texas

 


   
 
 
 
 
   

Bradley Blanks
2007
Evansville
Frontier League

 


Teddy Fallon
2009
Major League

Draft Pick

Pittsburgh,
43rd Round