Greiner Drafted In 3rd Round By Detroit Tigers
June 6, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina junior catcher Grayson Greiner was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 3rd round of the 2014 MLB Draft. Greiner was the No. 99 overall selection.
Greiner was named the 2013-14 USC Co-Male Student-Athlete of the Year alongside Gamecock football/basketball standout Bruce Ellington. Greiner has been recognized in the baseball circles as well as he was a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award for the top catcher in college baseball and was on USA Baseball's Midseason Watch List for the Golden Spikes Award. Greiner earned SEC All-Defensive team honors fielding .995 this year at catcher with just two errors. He also recently was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America second team.
Greiner played in 60 games with 58 starts, hit .311 (66-for-212) with 39 runs scored, 50 RBI, 13 doubles and eight homers, also a .389 on-base percentage and a .486 slugging mark. Greiner hit a team-best .327 (37-for-113) in league games with four homers and 24 RBI vs. SEC teams. Greiner was named SEC Player of the Week on March 31 after his play in the Tennessee series. Greiner hit a walk-off grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to lift South Carolina to a 9-6 win over Tennessee. His play along with Jordan Gore's walk-off homer was No. 1 on ESPN's SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays of the Day.
Greiner won the Tom Price award as the MVP for South Carolina in the weekend series vs. Clemson. Greiner hit .400 (4-for-10) for the weekend with four runs scored. His grand slam homer helped lift South Carolina to a 9-6 win. He had a team-high four walks on the weekend as well.
Greiner's career .994 fielding percentage is the best percentage by a Gamecock catcher in school history (1168 PO, 97 A, 7 E).
Grayson Greiner BIO
2013 - Named to 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team ... Earned second-team All-SEC honors ... Named to Johnny Bench Award Watch list for best catcher in the nation ... Played in 57 games with 56 starts including 49 behind the plate, hit .298 (61-for-205) with 32 runs scored, 10 doubles, a pair of triples, four homers and 38 RBI ... 2-for-5 with two RBI in 6-5 loss to North Carolina in NCAA Super Regional (6/11) ... NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team ... 2-for-3 with two runs scored in 19-3 win over Liberty in NCAA Regional (6/1) ... 2-for-4 with two runs scored in 7-3 win over Saint Louis in NCAA Regional (5/31) ... Game-winning two-run homer in the top of the 10th, went 3-for-4 with two runs scored as well in 5-3 win at Mississippi State (5/17) ... 6-for-10 (.600) in the Georgia series with three RBI and three runs scored ... 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored in 8-3 win over Georgia (5/12) ... 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a RBI and two runs scored in 7-2 win over Georgia (5/10) ... 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored and a RBI in 9-3 win over Wofford (5/8) ... 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in 7-6 loss to Gardner-Webb (4/23) ... 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a RBI in 7-6 win over Kentucky (4/20) ... 2-for-3 in 14-5 loss at Florida (4/13) ... 2-for-4 in 3-2 loss at Florida (4/11) ... 2-for-4 with a two-run double in 6-5 win over The Citadel (4/9) ... Career-high four hits and tied a career-high with four RBI with a homer in 19-2 win over Tennessee (4/7) ... 2-for-3 with a run scored in 5-4 win over Tennessee (4/5) ... 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI in 9-5 win over Charleston Southern (4/2) ... Base hit and a RBI in 3-1 win at College of Charleston (3/26) ... A base hit, a run scored and three walks in 5-3 loss to Arkansas (3/24) ... Two-run homer and a sac fly for three RBI in 9-5 win over The Citadel (3/19) ... Solo home run, two hits and two runs scored in 4-1 win at Missouri (3/15) ... 2-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI in 14-4 win over Ball State (3/6) ... 2-for-4 with two stolen bases, two runs scored and a RBI in 8-0 win vs. Clemson (3/3) ... RBI double in 6-3 loss vs. Clemson (3/2) ... 1-for-4 with a RBI single in 5-2 win over Furman (2/26) ... 1-for-3 with a sac fly and two RBI in 6-4 win over Albany (2/24) ... Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll.
2012 - Named to 2012 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (could not compete due to recovery from knee injury) ... Named to Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America Team ... SEC All-Freshman Team ... Played in 62 games with 53 starts, hit .222 (43-for-194) with 26 runs scored, 13 doubles, one triple, six homers and 32 RBI ... Strong behind the plate as he allowed just 25 stolen bases on 43 attempts ... Tallied a RBI single in 4-1 win over Kent State at the NCAA College World Series (6/21) ... 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a double in 5-3 win over Auburn at SEC Tournament (5/24) ... 1-for-4 with run scored in 5-4 win over LSU (5/18) ... First triple of the year and a run scored in 3-0 win at Georgia (5/12) ... Strong series at Arkansas, caught all 28 innings and threw out five runners over the course of the weekend trying to steal ... Two-run single in 10-7 win at Arkansas (5/6) ... Drove in four runs in the 8-6 win at Arkansas with a two-run homer, sac fly and a RBI single (5/4) ... 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and a RBI in 9-1 win over Alabama (4/28) ... Tied season-high in hits and RBI with 3-for-5 day at the plate with two runs scored, a double, a homer and four RBI in the 12-11 win over Alabama (4/27) ... 1-for-4 with two runs and a RBI in 11-7 win at Auburn (4/22) ... 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI in 12-5 win at Auburn (4/20) ... Named SEC Freshman of the Week after a a key solo home run that jumpstarted a four-run rally in the bottom of the eighth as the Gamecocks came from behind to defeat MSU 7-6 ... Greiner collected three hits over the weekend with a pair of doubles and the home run ... He also scored two runs ... 1-for-1 with a double and run scored in 6-4 win over Mississippi State (4/15) ... 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in 7-6 win over Mississippi State (4/13) ... Grand slam home run in 8-0 win over The Citadel (4/10) ... 2-for-4 with two doubles in 5-4 loss to Tennessee (4/6) ... Two-out RBI single in 6-3 loss at Kentucky (3/18) ... Pinch-hit two-run single in the 5-2 win over Charleston Southern (3/13) ... Sacrifice fly RBI in 3-1 win vs. Princeton (3/11) ... 2-for-3 with a pair of homers, a couple runs scored and career-high four RBI in the 6-5 loss at Clemson (3/4) ... 2-for-4 with a RBI in 8-1 win over Elon (2/24) ... Hit .400 (4-for-10) in VMI series with a double and a run scored ... One of three players to post two multi-hit games for the VMI series...Threw out the only runner that tried to steal a base on him for the weekend in his two starts behind the plate.