Four area baseball players had their names called during the 2019 MLB Draft last week.
University of South Carolina Aiken baseball standout Mitch Spence was the first to be drafted.
Clemson pitcher and former South Aiken Thoroughbred Owen Griffith was selected in the 20th round by the Minnesota Twins.
Spence was selected in the 10th round of the MLB Draft by the New York Yankees.
Spence, an all-conference performer, was the 315th pick of the draft.
He led the PBC with nine victories and 104 strikeouts. The first-team all-league and all-tournament team performer also garnered all-academic team honors. Spence was twice tabbed the NCBWA Region Pitcher of the Week.
He accounted for 104 strikeouts and had a 3.95 ERA.
Through three years at USC Aiken, Spence posted a 17-10 record with a 3.83 ERA. He had two saves and 243 strikeouts in 202 innings of work.
Griffith made 24 appearances during his junior season as a reliever with a 2-2 record. He pitched 30 innings with 41 strikeouts.
USCA's Zach Rafuse and Garvin Alston were selected in the 35th and 37th round, respectively. Rafuse is headed to the Oakland Athletics organization, and Alston was taken by the Chicago White Sox.
Rafuse went 8-0 with a 4.07 ERA. He struck out 86 batters in 79⅔ innings pitched. Alston had a 5-5 record in 15 starts. He had an ERA of 4.63 with 63 strikeouts in 70 innings pitched.