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Mark Kingston, Gamecocks add late JUCO commit with near .500 batting average

One JUCO commit out, one in for South Carolina baseball.

The Gamecocks picked up the pledge of Anthony Amicangelo on Wednesday, replacing the departed James Nix, who committed to USC in late May, was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 35th round and chose to sign a professional contract last week.

Amicangelo spent time at two junior colleges after graduating from Bremerton, Washington — Johnson County Community College and Shoreline Community College.

This past year at Johnson County CC, the 5-foot-10, 205-pounder hit .492 in 55 games with six home runs and 68 RBIs. He scored 62 runs, stole nine bases and slugged .768 while earning first-team All-American honors.

Amicangelo played just eight games at Shoreline before a torn labrum ended his season. Coming out of high school, he was ranked by Perfect Game as the 500th-best prospect in the country and eighth best in the state of Washington. He was previously committed to Washington State before a coaching change led him to reopen his search.

In addition to Nix leaving and Amicangelo committing, the Gamecocks and coach Mark Kingston had some additional reported roster movement in the past week — 2019 high school signee pitcher Jonathan Machamer is headed to junior college instead, according to John Whittle of The Big Spur, joining freshman outfielder Joel Brewer in leaving the program.

Greg Hadley is the beat writer for South Carolina women’s basketball and baseball for GoGamecocks and The State. He also covers football and recruiting.