Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate standout shortstop and pitcher Brody Greer signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday and will forego his final year of eligibility at Upstate to begin his professional career.
Greer, from Honea Path, S.C., is the third player from the 2013 Upstate baseball team to sign a professional contract this summer. Gaither Bumgardner was selected by the New York Mets in the 23rd round of the Major League Baseball Draft and Brandon Lee signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
"I am very happy for Brody. He has worked hard over the last four years and this is something he has wanted to achieve. I know he is excited to play professionally and move forward with his career. He did an outstanding job for us at Upstate. He was an excellent student, a good player and is someone the program can be proud of. I am looking forward on following his progress and seeing where he takes his career," said Upstate head coach Matt Fincher.
Greer was the everyday starter at shortstop for Upstate since his freshman season in 2010 and took on the duties as a reliever in 2013. He signed with Arizona as a pitching prospect. He was sidelined for the season with an injury as a sophomore, but returned for a pair of successful seasons the last two years. Because of his injury as a sophomore, he had one year of eligibility remaining at Upstate.
Greer hit .318 in 2013, leading Upstate to 28 wins, its second appearance in the A-Sun Tournament, the program's first two wins in the A-Sun Tournament and within one game of playing on Championship Saturday. He had a 2-0 record with a save and 3.09 ERA on the mound for the Spartans.
Greer has spent this summer playing for the Peninsula Oilers in the Alaska Baseball League, a summer league for college players. He was used as a reliever, making 11 appearances with 10 strikeouts in nine innings of work for the Oilers prior to signing his contract with Arizona.