CLEMSON, S.C. – A total of 17 current Tigers played in various summer leagues after the 2016 season, including one Tiger who played for the USA Collegiate National Team all over the globe.
Outfielder Seth Beer, who was the winner of the Dick Howser Trophy as national player-of-the-year in 2016, donned the red, white and blue for the USA Collegiate National Team and totaled a double, homer and five RBIs in 17 games. The squad played 19 games in Taiwan, Japan and Cuba. It marked the third year in a row a Tiger played for the team, as former catcher Chris Okey played for Team USA in 2014 and 2015.
Lefthander Charlie Barnes (Hyannis), righthander Alex Eubanks (Hyannis) and outfielder Chase Pinder (Chatham) played in the Cape Cod League. Barnes had 32 strikeouts against only nine walks in 28.1 innings pitched over six starts. Eubanks, Barnes’ teammate with Hyannis, had a 2-1 record with a 3.20 ERA, .235 opponents’ batting average and 22 strikeouts against six walks in 33.2 innings pitched over six starts. Pinder batted .278 with three doubles and five RBIs in 22 games.
Seven Tigers competed in the Coastal Plain League, infielder Grant Cox (Lexington County), infielder Jordan Greene (Gastonia), catcher Robert Jolly (Florence), righty Andrew Papp (Holly Springs), infielder Adam Renwick (Lexington County), lefthander Andrew Towns (Martinsville) and outfielder Drew Wharton (Martinsville).
Jolly amassed 23 runs, six doubles and 23 RBIs in 39 games. Renwick hit .269 with 15 runs, nine doubles, one homer and 14 RBIs in 29 games and was chosen to the Coastal Plain League All-Star Game. Towns registered a team-high 47.2 innings pitched as well.
Outfielder K.J. Bryant (Woodstock), righthander Brooks Crawford (Charlottesville) and lefty Alex Schnell (Strasburg) played in the Valley League. Bryant totaled 13 runs, five doubles, three triples, 14 RBIs and 11 steals in 26 games. Crawford, who had a 2-1 record, 2.01 ERA and .238 opponents’ batting average in 22.1 innings pitched over four starts, was selected to the Valley League All-Star Game. Schnell was 3-1 with a 3.25 ERA in 10 appearances.
Infielder Grayson Byrd (Upper Valley) and righty Paul Campbell (Newport) both played in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, while Chris Williams (Long Beach) played in the California Collegiate League.
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