Jonah Bride is headed to the majors

Jonah Bride is headed to the majors

There’s another former Gamecock going to The Show. Infielder Jonah Bride got the call up and will be with the Oakland A’s beginning with their game on Tuesday in Boston. Bride will be the seventh South Carolina baseball player currently in Major League Baseball.

Bride was removed from the lineup after his first at-bat on Sunday night and was informed in the dugout by his manager that he was getting a call-up to the major leagues. He is traveling to meet up with the team in Boston today, and will be available for selection when the A’s take on the Red Sox on Tuesday at 7:10 pm at Fenway Park.

Bride is set to match up with another former Gamecock, outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.who is playing every day in right field for the Red Sox.

A native of Owasso, Okla., Bride has made a quick ascension through the Oakland ranks, going up at least one level in three of the four seasons he’s been with the organization. A standout third baseman for the Gamecocks, Bride has played multiple positions in the A’s organization, which included an offseason move to catcher.

Bride has played first base, second base, third base and catcher through his minor league career in the organization, but the A’s have groomed him to catch since the offseason.

In addition to his versatility, Bride has also proven his worth to the club offensively. He started the year in Double A and in 19 games, he hit .315 with nine doubles, four home runs and 22 RBIs, which earned him a quick call up to Triple A.

In 14 games in Las Vegas, the right-handed hitter has five doubles, one home run and seven RBIs. He also has eight walks against nine strikeouts for an average of .392 and .500 on-base percentage.

Now, Bride got the call on Sunday night that he’s headed to The Show. He will be the seventh Gamecock currently in the MLB, but it is expected that infielder Max Schrock will be back after his rehab assignment this weekend with the Cincinnati Reds, which will mean eight former players in the pros.

During his time with the Gamecocks, Bride was a career .289 hitter starting and playing in 186 games. He had 36 doubles, three triples and 11 home runs over the course of his career with 79 walks, was hit by 43 pitches and had 104 strikeouts. He had a .957 fielding percentage at third base, including a .969 percentage as a senior.

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