USC Beaufort

Offseason of change for USCB baseball team

It has been a wild month for the USC Beaufort baseball team, whose roster has gotten a facelift since the season ended last month.

The Sand Sharks have signed six new recruits -- three high school players and three college transfers -- and hope to add one or two more players before school starts in August.

They also expect to get back four players who missed last season because of injuries or academic ineligibility.

But they'll lose two players to graduation, three more to transfer and one to the Major League Baseball draft (two if you count incoming recruit Deion Williams, who signed with the Washington Nationals after being picked in the 16th round).

Here's a look at the expected changes to the roster for 2012 (so far):

COMING

  • David Greene, 3B, Lubbock Christian University/Columbia -- Sat out last season with a torn labrum after playing two seasons at The Citadel, where he hit .331 with 11 home runs, 24 doubles and 91 RBIs. Was named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team in 2009 and started all 65 games as a sophomore in 2010.
  • Dylan Ortega, RHP, Brevard (Fla.) Community College/Ovieda, Fla. -- Orlando-area product pitched in 17 games for Brevard last season, going 6-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 62 2/3 innings.
  • Mitchell Johnson, C, Danville (Va.) Community College/Pensacola, Fla. -- Played on Virginia Community College System championship team in 2010 after starting college career at NCAA Division I Belmont University.
  • Ashly Morris, SS, Calvary Day School/Savannah -- Helped the Cavaliers reach the Georgia Class 1-A state semifinals this past spring. Earned honorable mention on the Savannah Morning News All-Greater Savannah Team.
  • J.J. Crespo, CF, Jupiter High School/Jupiter, Fla. -- Left-handed hitting outfielder with good speed was a second-team selection to the South Florida Sun Sentinel's All-Palm Beach County team.
  • Caleb Daniels, RHP, J.I. Burton High School/Norton, Va. -- Led his high school team to its first region title in school history, a 23-4 record and a state runner-up finish this past spring. Virginia Group A All-State selection.
  • GOING

  • Dexter Price, RHP -- Signed the Arizona Diamondbacks after being drafted in the 30th round of the Major League Baseball draft earlier this month. Went 6-3 with a 2.39 ERA in 12 starts last season.
  • Andres Castro, RHP -- One of the team's top relievers in 2010, Castro struggled a bit in his senior season, going 1-0 with a 5.27 ERA in 18 appearances.
  • Larry Perry, INF/OF -- After an all-conference 2010 season, versatile utility player dropped off as a senior, hitting .282 with 16 RBIs and eight stolen bases.
  • Clay Bonds, C -- Three-year starter behind the plate told coaches he intends to transfer. Hit .284 with 13 RBIs last season.
  • Daniel Wass, SS -- Junior college transfer said he won't be back next year. Struggled in his only season with the Sand Sharks, hitting .223 with 10 RBIs in 32 games.
  • Adam Gendall, 1B -- Australian leaving program after getting limited playing time last season. Hit .355 with five RBIs in 31 at-bats.
  • ON THE WAY BACK

  • Brandon Collins, 1B -- Power hitter who blossomed into a solid defensive first baseman plans to return after missing 2011 season because of academic ineligibility. Hit .413 with team-high seven home runs and 57 RBIs in 2010.
  • Spencer Cromer, RHP -- Hard-throwing right-hander expected to regain academic eligibility and try to reclaim his spot in the starting rotation after missing 2011 season. Went 6-4 with a 4.15 ERA in 14 appearances in 2010.
  • Kyle McCullough, RHP -- One of the most consistent pitchers on the staff in 2010, McCullough needed Tommy John surgery just before the start of the 2011 season. Went 3-2 with one save and a 2.77 ERA in 2010.
  • Jorge Olmo, RHP -- Sometimes electric righty hasn't reached his potential and was academically ineligible in 2011. Went 2-0 with a 6.23 ERA in 2010.
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