GREENWOOD - Senior relief pitcher Andrew Reardon signed a free agent deal with the Kansas City Royals on Monday, becoming the fifth Bearcat to sign with a Major League Baseball team this week.
A senior left hander from Sumter, S.C., Reardon made 24 appearances and one start in 2016, posting a 3-1 record and one save. He struck out 41 batters and allowed 19 earned runs in 35.2 innings, recording a 4.79 ERA.
Reardon becomes the ninth Bearcat in the past three seasons to sign a Major League contract. Earlier this week, closer Brandon White was selected in the 12th round by the Atlanta Braves; first baseman Colby Lusignan was taken in the 28th round by the Miami Marlins; pitcher/second baseman Will Jones was chosen by the New York Yankees in the 28th round; and outfielder Zach Daly was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 37th round. In 2014, pitcher Mason McCullough went to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth round, infielder Erik Lunde was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 18th round, and outfielder Patrick Grady was selected by the Tampa Bay Sting Rays in the 33rd round. Additionally, infielder Graham Ramos signed a free agent contract with the New York Yankees.