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Another South Carolina baseball player has signed his professional contract.
Pitcher Adam Hill agreed to terms with the New York Mets. Hill was a fourth-round pick by the Mets. According to Baseball America’s Jim Callis, Hill got the full signing bonus of $507,800 for his drafted slot.
Hill will begin his career with the Brooklyn Cyclones or Kingsport Mets. There is a chance Hill could be back in Columbia next year with the Columbia Fireflies, a Mets affiliate, if he performs well.
Hill, a junior, was 7-5 with a 4.12 ERA in 16 starts this season with 101 strikeouts in 83 innings. He struck out a Founders Park-record 14 batters against Charleston Southern on Feb. 23.
The right-hander was ranked the 81st best prospect by Baseball America. A former T.L. Hanna High standout, he was taken by the San Diego Padres in the 39th round of the 2015 MLB draft.
A record 10 South Carolina players were drafted this year. The underclassman who were drafted but have yet to sign a professional contract are infielder LT Tolbert and outfielder Carlos Cortes. The deadline to sign is July 6.
List of South Carolina's MLB draftees
55. Texas Rangers, Owen White, P, (USC Signee) – Signed for $1.5 million
83. New York Mets, Carlos Cortes, INF
110. New York Mets, Adam Hill, P – Signed for $507,800
150. Tampa Bay Rays, Taj Bradley, P, (USC Signee) – Signed $747,500
223. Cleveland Indians, Cody Morris, P – Signed $185,600
287. Philadelphia Phillies, Madison Stokes, SS
339. Arizona Diamondbacks, Blaze Alexander, SS (USC Signee) – Signed $500,000
349. Cincinnati Reds, Josiah Sightler, LHP (USC Signee)
371. Washington Nationals, Graham Lawson, RHP – Returning to school
399. Arizona Diamondbacks, LT Tolbert, SS
521. Washington Nationals, Ridge Chapman, P – Returning to school
683. Oakland A's, Jonah Bride, 3B – Signed
698. Chicago Cubs, Hunter Taylor, C
799. Cincinnati Reds, Eddy Demurias, P - Signed
1177. New York Yankees, Brady Allen, P, (USC Signee)
1205. Milwaukee Brewers, Wes Clarke, C (USC Signee)