The USC Aiken baseball team held its annual Major League Baseball Scout Day on Tuesday at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.
“It was absolutely unbelievable the amount of scouts that came to our Scout Day,” head coach Kenny Thomas said. “We always get a bunch, but this year was the largest amount we’ve seen here.”
Scout Day featured players going through a variety of situations while also showing scouts what they can do in the field and at the plate.
“It speaks well for our program as several scouts were very complimentary of our program,” Thomas said. “As players and coaches, we have to keep it in perspective. Just because you have a lot of players that scouts are interested in doesn’t mean you’re going to automatically win games. With that said, I’m very proud of Scout Day and where our program is today, but we have much further to go.”
Scouts from 19 Major League Baseball teams were in Aiken for the event. The Pacers have sent a number of players into the professional ranks over the years, including both Stephen Carmon and Taylor Grover, who were each selected in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft the past two seasons. In addition to Grover, USCA teammates Zach Hayden and Josh Miller were also selected in the 23rd round of the 2013 draft.
The Pacers are currently in the midst of their fall season and will open up their 2014 campaign at home against Lincoln Memorial on Feb. 1. It marks the first of eight consecutive home games for the Pacers to start the season.