Several former Clemson baseball players are taking their first full-season step on the minor league ladder, including 2012 signees Will Lamb, Richie Shaffer, Jason Stolz, Dominic Leone, Phil Pohl and Kevin Brady.
Another, catcher Spencer Kieboom, will miss the entire 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his elbow earlier this spring.
Kieboom, the fifth-round pick of the Washington Nationals last June, batted .258 and had a .368 on-base percentage during a short-season stint with the Auburn (N.Y.) Doubledays last summer. He had been scheduled to catch for the Netherlands in the 2013 World Championships.
Playing for the Advanced A Charlotte (Fla.) Stonecrabs, Shaffer is batting .242 with four homers and six doubles so far this season. He's started 33 games at third base for the Tampa Bay Rays' farm club.
Lamb has made 10 relief appearances for the Advanced A Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the Texas Rangers' organization. He is currently 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA. He has one save, and as struck out 10 and walked six.
Stolz is playing this season for the Colorado Rockies' Asheville Tourists. In 10 games, he is batting .230 with a pair of doubles. He has committed just one error at shortstop.
Pohl has made three appearances at catcher for the Oakland A's Beloit (Wis.) Snappers. He's batting .250, with three hits in a dozen at-bats.
Brady has a 1-2 record and a 5.47 ERA in six starts for the Lakewood (N.J.) Blue Claws in the Phillies' organization. He has struck out 28 batters and walked 16.
Leone is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three appearances with the Seattle Mariners' Class A Clinton (Ia.) LumberKings. He's pitched 6.1 innings and has eight strikeouts and three walks.
Chris Epps, who is beginning his second full season in the minors, is batting .229 in 21 games with the Houston Astros' Lancaster (Calif.) Jet Hawks. He has two home runs, four doubles, and a .400 slugging percentage.