South Carolina left-handed pitcher Steven Neff plans to sign with the San Francisco Giants pending a physical examination.
Neff was selected by the Giants in the 41st round with the 1,257th pick in the 2011 MLB draft.
"He's practically finished with his degree," head coach Ray Tanner said. "I was trying to twist his arm a little bit to get him to come back."
Tanner said was still waiting for official word on whether Neff is turning pro, saying he does expect it to happen.
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Neff played two seasons with the Gamecocks and was part of both national championship teams.
In 2010, Neff finished the year with a 4.21 ERA and a 2-1 record. Throwing 15.1 innings as a relief pitcher, Neff threw 16 strikeouts on 58 total at bats. He gave up seven earned runs and one home run on the season.
In 2009, Steven Neff totaled five innings pitched while allowing no runs and throwing four strikeouts. Facing 17 at bats, Neff showed serious potential as a young pitcher by giving up three hits and three walks in that span.
Neff was given a medical-redshirt in 2008 after missing the entire season due to Tommy John surgery.
He would be the second Gamecock veteran with eligibility remaining to opt for pro baseball. USC shortstop Peter Mooney agreed to contract terms with the Toronto Blue Jays. Mooney was the team’s 21st round draft pick last month.
Others signing pro contracts include senior draftees Scott Wingo (Dodgers), Adrian Morales (Royals) and John Taylor (Mariners), as well as signee Andrew Faulkner (Rangers).