Former Stratford standout and current Charleston Southern outfielder Bobby Ison finished the college baseball season as the toughest player to strikeout in the NCAA.
The junior batted .396 with three home runs, 34 RBIs, 47 runs, 16 stolen bases and just six strikeouts in 230 official at-bats for the Buccaneers (30-26). He set CSU’s single season mark for hits.
Ison, who batted .332 as a freshman and .367 as a sophomore, is eligible for the upcoming Major League Baseball draft. The draft is slated for June 5-7. “I’ve been dreaming about playing Major League Baseball all of my life,” he said. “… But the draft is one of the craziest, complex things. There are no guarantees.”
He understands he’s got some things working against him but believes he can play at the next level. He’s not exceptionally fast or powerful but he’s a gamer who makes things happen. Earlier this season, South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook paid the ultimate compliment, saying Ison was the best player on the field after watching Ison collect three hits and make a great diving catch for the Buccaneers in a 4-1 win over the Gamecocks.
“I feel like I can do this for a long time,” Ison said. “I get overlooked because I’m a little guy but I can hit for average and hit for power.”
• Another Former Stratford standout, Justin Greene, was released by the Arizona Diamonbacks’ Double-A team, Mobile, earlier this month.
He is now playing for the York Revolution in independent baseball.
As of Tuesday, he had played five games for the Revolution, batting .389 with three doubles and five runs scored.
Greene, 29, reached as high as Triple-A in the Chicago White Sox organization before being traded to the Diamondbacks.
• Catcher Matt Wieters (Stratford and Georgia Tech) hit the disabled list earlier this month for the Baltimore Orioles. He has an elbow problem that may require surgery.
Wieters received a platelet-rich injection May 12. He said his elbow has improved but has not been cleared to throw.
He’s batting .308 with five homers and 18 RBIs.
• Justin Smoak, formerly of Stratford and South Carolina, is batting .227 for the Seattle Mariners. His batting average has dropped 25 points since May 7.
On the season, the first baseman has six home runs, 28 RBIs and 22 runs for the Mariners.
• Former Stratford softball star Erin Schattle finished the season with a .306 batting average for USC Upstate. The senior C/OF had three home runs, nine doubles and 26 RBIs for the Lady Spartans, who ended up with a 46-9 record after losses in an NCAA Regional.