Luis Campusano's rise in the baseball industry is taking perhaps the biggest step today.
The Cross Creek catcher is on the roster for Perfect Game's All-American Classic. The showcase game will start at 5 p.m. at Petco Park in San Diego. It will be televised on MLB Network and streamed live on MLB.com.
North Augusta's Jake Smith, a former Augusta GreenJacket, was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.
Smith was designated for assignment at the end of June to make room for infielder Grant Green. The move took Smith off the 40-man roster and put him on outright waivers.
Cross Creek standout Luis Campusano has advanced one step closer to a spot on USA Baseball's 18-under team.
Campusano was named to the 18U National Team Trials roster Sunday after a week at the Tournament of Stars in Cary, N.C.
Two of the three players with local connections drafted earlier this month have signed and are on their first professional rosters.
South Carolina right-hander and South Aiken product Taylor Widener signed for an unreported amount after getting drafted in the 12th round by the New York Yankees. He has been assigned to Staten Island, a short-season affiliate in the New York-Penn League.
Ty Barkell was a looming presence as a power-hitting first baseman at USC Aiken.
The 6-3 right-handed hitter slugged .573 for his career, including .684 as a senior in 2015. He reached double digits in home runs twice and finished with 32 for his career. He didn't sacrifice contact for power, either. He only struck out 79 times in 195 career games as a Pacer.
The first half of the minor league season is in the books for most teams. For the Atlanta Braves affiliates, the Southern, Carolina and South Atlantic leagues are on break Monday-Wednesday.
I'm not a big midseason list guy. I'd rather wait to do such things when I have a full season to work with, can get more looks at guys and let new draft picks get some pro work first. What I will do is offer updates on my previous offseason list with any new notes I've come across from the first half.
12:10 a.m.: The Braves' final pick of Day 1 is California catcher Brett Cumberland. Atlanta acquired the 76th pick from the Orioles via trade. Cumberland is a strong right-handed hitter with big power from a muscled swing. He has a catcher's body, but it's not a lock that he'll remain behind the plate. If he does, that's a big pick to get a power-hitting catcher. If he doesn't, the likely move is first base, where the power needs to play consistently to provide value as a prospect.
Southern Miss right-hander Nick Sandlin was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball on Wednesday.
Sandlin, a Greenbrier product, recorded a school freshman record 12 saves with a 2.38 ERA. He struck out 44 in 41.2 innings and was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team.
Sandlin took over as closer for a Southern Miss team that went 41-20 and reached the NCAA Tournament.
There are a number of ways the Atlanta Braves could approach Day 1 of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft tonight. Part of that is the uncertainty of those before them, the lack of true No. 1/2 picks, the current CBA, etc.
Kelly Johnson found himself packing his bags for New York for the second time in the span of a year Wednesday.
The Atlanta Braves traded Johnson to the Mets for minor league reliever Akeel Morris.
Johnson was dealt to the Mets last July along with Juan Uribe for minor league pitchers John Gant and Rob Whalen. That trade has already proven fruitful for the Braves with Gant seeing major league time and flashing the talent to be a serviceable arm, while Whalen is throwing well at Double-A Mississippi.