South Carolina pitcher Tyler Johnson became the third Gamecock to be selected in this year’s MLB draft, being picked by the Chicago White Sox in the fifth round with the No. 147 overall pick on Tuesday.
The hard-throwing righty, who topped out at 100 miles per hour this season, went 1-2 with 10 saves and a 2.39 ERA in 2017.
Johnson struck out 40 batters in 26 1/3 innings pitched and opponents hit just .204 against him.
The junior missed time with arm soreness this season but was at his best at the end of the year, pitching 4 1/3 scoreless innings to earn a win against Vanderbilt in the SEC tournament and retiring both batters he faced against Kentucky later in Hoover to earn a save.
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The Virginia native went 3-2 with nine saves as a sophomore, finishing with a 2.42 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 52 innings pitched.
He was a preseason All-American in 2017 and played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team last summer.
His slot value is $339.8 thousand.