Draft Recap: The Price is right in Columbia

South Carolina got some good news as the clock struck midnight Monday night. Matt Price had not signed with Arizona, meaning the junior will be back in Columbia in 2012. Price joins 2011 staff ace Michael Roth, Tyler Webb, and Adam Matthews as drafted players returning to Columbia in search of a third consecutive National Championship.

He's back.

The price will be right for at least one more season as rising junior Matt Price elected to return to the South Carolina baseball team and turn down an offer from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Price was the 184th drafted player in the sixth round, but will return to Columbia to try and raise his stock and try to help lead the Gamecocks to another history-making year.

After suffering a right arm fracture early in 2009, Price took a redshirt. In 2010 he came back as the closer and quickly became one of the best in the country, earning him freshman All-American honors by Baseball America. Price was 5-1 on the season with a 2.26 ERA and led the team with 10 saves. Price etched his name in Gamecock lore in the Coastal Super Regional. With Carolina leading 4-3 in game one of the Super Regional, Price came in with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the eighth inning. All Price did was strike out Chance Gilmore and Taylor Motter, then snapping up a Daniel Bowman grounder to end the inning and give the Gamecocks a game one win.

Quite fittingly, it would be Price throwing the final 2.2 innings to get the win in the National Championship-clinching win.

Price would not suffer from a sophomore slump in 2011. In fact, he was even better. Price appeared in 36 games - second most on the team behind John Taylor - going 7-3 with a 1.83 ERA and 20 saves.

Again, it would be Price owning one of, if not the best, moments in the 2011 season. Price would come in with one out in the eighth inning against Virginia with a berth in the National Championship series on the line. Pretty familiar territory for the closer. It would prove to be anything but familiar.

95 pitches later, Price had thrown 5.2 innings as the Gamecocks defeated Virginia, 3-2, to advance to the CWS Finals.

Head coach Ray Tanner has said since the conclusion of the CWS that Price would get the opportunity to move into the starting rotation if he chose to come back. That would prove to be too much for Price to turn down. Price will get the chance to likely fill the Saturday slot behind Roth and bump Colby Holmes down to the Sunday starter. That would likely move Webb and Forrest Koumas to the bullpen, possibly to take over the vacated set-up and closer roles.

Sorry Arizona. Your price was not right.

2011 graduates

Robert Beary, undrafted
Jose Mata, undrafted
Adrian Morales, Kansas City
John Taylor, Seattle
Brady Thomas, undrafted
Scott Wingo, Los Angeles

2011 Draftees

Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston
Bryan Harper, Washington
Peter Mooney, Toronto
Steven Neff, San Francisco

2011 Transfers

DeSean Anderson
Greg Brodzinski

Class of 2012 Draftees

Taylor Guerrieri, Tampa Bay
Brian Goodwin, Washington
Andrew Faulkner, Texas

Class of 2012 not signed

Evan Beal
Shon Carson (football signee)
Ahmad Christian (football signee)
T.J. Costen
Tanner English
Joey Pankake
Joel Seddon

Note
Carson and Christian would be walk-ons if they join the baseball team

2012 Roster

Catcher

C Grayson Greiner
C Patrick Harrington
C Grayson Greiner
C Dante Rosenberg
C/1B Brison Celek


Infield

Connor Bright
T.J. Costen
LB Dantzler
Mikal Hill
Tanner Lovick
Joey Pankake
Erik Payne
Casey Smit
Chase Vergason
Christian Walker
Jake Watson

Outfield

Seth Constable
Tanner English
Evan Marzilli
Adam Matthews
Reid Moman
Jake Williams

RHP

Evan Beal
Ethan Carter
Will Chandler
Rob DeCosmo
Colby Holmes
Spencer Jordan
Forrest Koumas
Matt Price
Hunter Privette
Joel Seddon
Patrick Sullivan
Drake Thomason

LHP

Nolan Belcher
Alex Burrell
Will Casey
Jordan Montgomery
Logan Munson
Michael Roth
Tyler Webb
Adam Westmoreland

NOTE

Alex Satterfield is not with the team in the fall due to recovery from Tommy John surgery. He will enroll in January.


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