Back to the Beach: McElwee promoted to Pelicans

Back to the Beach: McElwee promoted to Pelicans
Monday, July 8, 2013

MYRTLE BEACH - Newberry College alumnus Josh McElwee was promoted to the high-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans by the Texas Rangers organization over the holiday weekend. This is McElwee's second stint at Myrtle Beach in the last two seasons.

A 20th round draftee in 2012, McElwee is a native of Andrews, less than 60 miles from the Pelicans' home at Field.

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McElwee finished the 2012 season with the Pelicans in their playoff run and started 2013 at low-A Hickory, earning a 2-1 record with two saves and a 10.13 ERA, striking out 22 in 13.1 innings. After some time off, he looked to regain confidence and form with the short-season Spokane Indians, earning a 1-0 record with a save and a 1.93 ERA, striking out 22 in only 9.1 innings, with opposition hitting .176 against him.

McElwee then flew across the country to join the Pelicans at Winston-Salem, striking out three and allowing one earned run in 2.0 innings in a loss.

As a reliever, McElwee's appearance schedule is unpredictable, but his first 2013 home series starts this Friday, as Myrtle Beach hosts eight straight home games in nine days.

[Myrtle Beach Pelicans schedule]

McElwee is not the only former Newberry player in the minors, as Casio Grider continues his career with the high-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the Los Angeles Dodgers system.

He started the season on the disabled list then had quick trips with the double-A Chattanooga Lookouts and the low-A Great Lakes Loons before settling in at Rancho Cucamonga. He started slowly and has a .197 batting average, but has hit .273 in his last 19 games.

Grider was a 14th round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2009.

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