Two USC Aiken pitchers taken in MLB draft

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

AIKEN, S.C. – Former University of South Carolina Aiken baseball standouts Zach Rafuse and Garvin Alston Jr. have been selected in the MLB Draft.

Rafuse, a right-handed pitcher from Baker County, Fla., was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 35th round with the 1,064th pick.

Alston Jr., was selected in the 37th round by the Chicago White Sox with the 1,100th pick.

Rafuse, a second-team all-conference selection in 2019, went 8-0 on the year while working 79.2 innings. He struck out 86 batters. Rafuse struck out a season-best 10 batters against Flagler. He posted seven strikeouts in seven innings of work in the win over nationally-ranked Georgia College. Rafuse had nine games with at least six strikeouts. He tallied a 4.07 ERA in 16 appearances while registering 15 starts. Rafuse limited opponents to a .260 batting average.

During his two years at USC Aiken, he accounted for a 13-3 record with one save and a 3.78 ERA. Rafuse appeared in 31 games, earning 29 starts. He struck out 171 batters while walking 56 in 164.1 innings of work.

Alston Jr., garnered 16 appearances in 2019, notching 15 starts. He posted a 4.63 ERA while picking up five victories on the year. Alston Jr., struck out a season-best nine batters while throwing 7.1 innings in the win at North Georgia. He registered six shutout innings while allowing just four hits in the victory over nationally-ranked Georgia College. Alston Jr., was dominant in the complete-game victory over Francis Marion in the PBC Tournament, striking out seven while allowing just one earned run.

In two seasons at USC Aiken, he posted six victories while throwing 93 innings. Alston Jr., struck out 89 batters.