Merrifield Makes Major League Debut With The Royals
May 19, 2016
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Whit Merrifield (2008-10) became the 48th Gamecock to make it to the Majors as he made his debut on Wednesday night as a member of the Kansas City Royals. Merrifield went 1-for-3 at the plate with his first career hit in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Merrifield is one of five former Gamecocks currently in the Big Leagues. Merrifield played against former Gamecock teammate Jackie Bradley Jr. (2009-11) of the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night. Right-handed pitcher Sam Dyson (2008-10) is with the Texas Rangers with infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce (2004-05) with the Tampa Bay Rays and first baseman Justin Smoak (2006-08) with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Merrifield is the fifth member of the 2010 national championship team to have reached the Majors. Bradley, Dyson, Michael Roth and Christian Walker have all seen time in “The Show.” Roth currently is pitching in Triple-A with the Texas Rangers with Walker in Triple-A with the Baltimore Orioles.