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June 5, 2012

MLB Draft Day 2 wrapup

(Name, position, school, round (number), team)
Commit Corey Seager, SS, Northwest Cabarrus (N.C.) HS, first (18), L.A. Dodgers
Commit Jamie Jarmon, OF, Indian River (Del.) HS, second (83), Texas SIGNED, June 5
Commit Jamie Callahan, RHP, Dillon HS, second (87), Boston, SIGNED, June 5
Christian Walker, 1B, fourth (132), Baltimore
Matt Price, RHP, seventh (222), Baltimore
Evan Marzilli, OF, eighth (273), Arizona
*Michael Roth, LHP, ninth (297), L.A. Angels
Commit Zak Wasilewski, LHP, Tazewell (Va.) HS, 14th (445), Toronto
@Kwinton Smith, OF, Dillon HS, 14th (456)
*Senior with no remaining eligibility
@Has signed with USC for football. Has not mentioned any interest in playing baseball

South Carolina had a busy day in the second day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, hearing eight players with connections called by the next level. Two decided not to deliberate, and have already agreed to professional contracts, according to a source close to the team.

The first two names off the board on Tuesday, commitments Jamie Jarmon and Jamie Callahan, have each agreed to terms and are expected to sign contracts and depart for the minor leagues in the coming days. It's not a surprise for either - each a second-round selection, the two stood to make from $565-601,000 by signing their names.

Jarmon was expected to sign and quickly did. USC never expected to get Jarmon on campus and recruited around him. The same source said that it would be tough to hold onto Callahan if he went in the first five to seven rounds; once he was called in the second round, he was as good as gone. As well as the team source, Callahan confirmed the news to WPDE of Florence.

The first USC player taken was Christian Walker, who went in the fourth round to Baltimore. Going to the same organization that boasts former Gamecocks Brian Roberts, Steve Pearce and Steven Tolleson, Walker is fully expected to take his draft spot and leave USC. Former USC catcher Justin Dalles is also in the Orioles' organization.

Matt Price also went to the Orioles, three rounds later. Price, who turned down a sixth-round selection to come back to school, is also very likely to take this selection. Despite dropping in velocity this season, Price only slipped a round from his 2011 draft selection, and he would have no leverage (and be a year older) if he were to come back. He has nothing more to prove on the college level.

Evan Marzilli, predicted by some to be the highest player picked from the Gamecocks, went in the eighth round to Arizona. Marzilli stands to make a six-figure bonus if he signs, and like Walker and Price, is expected to do so. Coach Ray Tanner said that he expected it as well, opening the door for Tanner English to take over in his natural center field.

Senior Michael Roth, a 31st-round selection last year, went in the ninth round to the L.A. Angels. Commit Zak Wasilewski went in the 14th round to Toronto, and since no team can offer more than $100,000 to a player drafted after the 10th round, he may have a decision to make. He's the one commit that looked to be drafted that is a 50-50 shot.

USC football commit Kwinton Smith was also drafted in the 14th round, like Callahan from Dillon High School. Smith has not mentioned any interest in playing baseball in college, and is already enrolled in the Summer I session at USC. Shon Carson and Ahmad Christian are each interested in joining USC's baseball team, and Christian was with the Gamecocks in spring practice, but neither would be considered a full-time baseball player.

USC also got some good news. Commitment Max Schrock, a second baseman from Chapel Hill, N.C., pulled his name out of the draft when it became apparent that he wasn't going to go in the first two rounds. While he could still be picked, it seems apparent that Schrock won't listen even if he is, and will be at USC in the fall. Schrock Tweeted that he had to make a hard decision, but was looking forward to pursuing his career at USC.

Schrock confirmed by text message that he had pulled his name out of the draft, and was headed to Ohio this summer to play for the Midland Redskins. Recruit Curt Britt was also not picked, but even if he is, he is almost 100 percent sure to come to school.

The draft will conclude at noon on Wednesday, with the start of rounds 16-40.

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