James Darnell hit .261 across 35 games with the Tucson Padres. He went 35-for-134 with 4 doubles, 6 homers, 20 runs scored and 17 RBI. He posted a .344 on-base percentage with a 16-to-30 walk-to-strikeout ratio. He committed 2 errors in the field.
James Darnell hit .265 across 101 games with the San Antonio Missions. He went 99-for-373 with 21 doubles, 1 triple, 10 homers, 46 runs scored and 50 RBI. He posted a .348 on-base percentage with a 44-to-64 walk-to-strikeout ratio. He also stole 2 bases in as many attempts. He committed 24 errors in the field.
James Darnell went 9-for-25 with four doubles, a homer, 5 runs scored and 8 RBI across seven games for the the Fort Wayne TinCaps. He posted a .500 on-base percentage with a 5-to-4 walk-to-strikeout ratio.
Darnell was named a Midwest League All-Star.
James Darnell hit .329 across 66 games with the Fort Wayne TinCaps. He went 73-for-222 with 17 doubles, two triples, seven homers, 40 runs scored and 38 RBI. He posted a .468 on-base percentage with a 57-to-51 walk-to-strikeout ratio. He stole five bases in 10 attempts and committed 19 errors in the field. He hit .303 in 76 at-bats with runners in scoring position and grounded into five double plays.
James Darnell hit .294 across 60 games with the Lake Elsinore Storm. He went 69-for-235 with 18 doubles, two triples, 13 homers, 40 runs scored and 43 RBI. He posted a .377 on-base percentage with a 30-to-38 walk-to-strikeout ratio. He stole three bases in four attempts and committed 11 errors in the field. He hit .324 in 71 at-bats with runners in scoring position and grounded into two double plays. Darnell had a 13-game hitting streak for the Storm and his 30-game on-base streak was the seventh best mark in the California League.
Darnell hit .373 with 25 hits in 67 at-bats with the Eugene Emeralds. He collected six doubles, one triple, two homers, nine runs scored, and 15 RBIs across 16 games. He also drew 11 walks compared to 12 strikeouts for a .462 on-base percentage and stole one base in two attempts.
The San Diego Padres selected James Darnell in the second-round of the 2008 MLB Draft, 69th overall and signed him on August 13.
A second team All-SEC selection, Darnell hit .306 on the year with 19 HR and 81 RBI. His RBI total is the fourth highest in a single-season by a Gamecock player. He started all 63 games this year at third base for the Gamecocks. Darnell also led the conference in RBI in SEC games with 40 RBI in 30 conference contests.
He twice tied the USC single-game record for home runs with three in a 13-7 win vs. Kentucky on March 29 and in a 13-1 win at the College of Charleston on March 18.
Darnell recorded 41 career homers in a three-year career with the Garnet & Black, tied for ninth on the USC Career List. He also had 19 homers as a sophomore in 2007 when he was a second team All-SEC selection.