HICKORY, N.C. - Newberry College alumnus Josh McElwee will start the 2013 minor league season with the Hickory Crawdads, the low-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers in the South Atlantic League. The Crawdads announced their Opening Day roster today.
McElwee was a 20th round pick of the Rangers in the 2012 MLB Entry Draft and spent time with the short-season Class A Spokane Indians and high-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans in 2012. He had a 1-2 record with a 3.16 ERA in 23 appearances, allowing 31 hits in 31.1 innings of work, striking out 43 and walking only seven.
He finished the season with Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League playoffs and finished at the highest level of any of the Rangers' 2012 draftees. He is the only pitcher on the Crawdads' Opening Day who spent time on one of the Rangers' full-season teams.
McElwee is also one of four Crawdads pitchers from the state of South Carolina. Joining McElwee is Mid-Carolina HS product and Newberry native C.J. Edwards, who was taken in the 48th round of the 2011 draft, as well as 2012 non-drafted free agent Ryne Slack of Ninety Six HS and 2012 19th round draftee Tyler Smith of USC Sumter. McElwee will be the elder statesman on the Crawdads' Opening Day roster, as the only player born before 1990.
Fans will get their first chance to see McElwee in a Crawdads uniform on Tuesday, April 2, as the team hosts an open workout at L.P. Frans Stadium at 5:30 p.m. The Crawdads open the season on Thursday, April 4, at home against the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
Newberry fans will get plenty of chances to see McElwee in action while with the Crawdads, as they play Sally League opponents in Augusta, Asheville, Charleston, Greenville, Kannapolis, N.C., and Savannah. [Full Schedule]