Four TWC baseball players sign professional contracts

Posted on: June 18, 2013

Tennessee Wesleyan College recently had four baseball players sign professional contracts to continue their career.

Tennessee Wesleyan College recently had four baseball players sign professional contracts to continue their career. Three Bulldogs were drafted with the fourth signing as a free agent. Michael Carballo, a TWC center fielder, was drafted by the Chicago White Sox; AAC Player of the Year Jake Stone, a TWC first baseman, by the St. Louis Cardinals; and Justin Sprenger, a TWC right-handed pitcher, by the Texas Rangers. Corey Rhoney, a TWC right-handed pitcher, signed with the Kansas City Royals as a free agent.

All four players helped to lead TWC to another successful season. Carballo saw limited action, appearing in 19 games and batting .167 with two doubles, a home run, and seven RBIs.

Stone led the Bulldogs with a .361 average to go along with his 20 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, and 51 RBIs. He scored 43 runs and had a .445 on-base percentage. Stone was also named to the NAIA All-America second team.

Sprenger was one of Tennessee Wesleyan's top arms out of the bullpen as he made 22 appearances with only one start. He posted a 1-2 record with a 3.41 ERA. In 31.2 innings of work, he struck out 36.

Rhoney compiled 91 innings posting a 9-0 record with an ERA of 2.67. He had 77 strikeouts. 

“We lost some great players, but I’m proud of these four and look forward to seeing their baseball careers continue at the next level,” said TWC Head Baseball Coach Billy Berry.

This year Tennessee Wesleyan won both the regular-season and tournament championships and was the No. 1 seed in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round - Kingsport Bracket. The Bulldogs finished with a 45-18 overall record and 20-3 AAC mark.