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Detroit Tigers send a message to Gamecock great Grayson Greiner

Grayson Greiner
Grayson Greiner

Former South Carolina baseball standout Grayson Greiner received some good news from the parent MLB club Monday.

The Detroit Tigers’ move protects Greiner from being exposed to the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. It also means he’ll be a part of the big-league club when the Tigers head to spring training.

A full-time role in Detroit, however, could still be a few years away.

“He is likely to be in Detroit, as a back-up or more, by 2019,” The Detroit News wrote about Greiner on Monday.

This year he started the season at Double A Erie (9 games) and finished at Triple A Toledo (5 games). He batted .237 with 14 home runs and 44 RBIs.

The Rule 5 draft is “a method to prevent teams from stockpiling talent in their minor league systems,” according to Baseball America.

“Players with minimum time in the minors who have not yet cracked the 40-man roster can be plucked by another team as part of the Rule 5 process,” The Detroit News wrote.

Greiner starred locally at Blythewood High and with the South Carolina baseball team. He was a third round pick of the Tigers in 2014.

Greiner got married in October. He and other Gamecock greats will host an annual camp in January in Blythewood.