CLINTON, S.C. - Presbyterian College right-handed pitcher Tanner Chock is headed to play professional baseball after signing a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. Chock is the second Blue Hose pitcher in as many years to reach the professional level, with Hayden Deal signing with the Atlanta Braves last summer.
“Tanner Chock has been a workhorse on the mound for the Presbyterian College baseball team the last four seasons,” said head coach Elton Pollock. “Every weekend series we played, opposing teams knew they would have to face Tanner, and defeating the Blue Hose on that day would be very difficult. He is the ultimate competitor, and all of his hard work is now validated in his opportunity to pitch professionally in the Angels organization. It was an honor and a privilege to coach him and to bond with his family. His coaches, teammates and Blue Hose Nation are extremely proud of him.”
Chock, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound pitcher, went 3-3 with a 4.84 ERA his senior year and led PC with 70.2 innings pitched over 12 starts as a part of the weekend rotation. The righty also had a team-high 67 strikeouts and a .274 opponent batting average in 2018. A native of Loris, S.C., Chock fanned 8.53 batters per game this past season, which ranks in the program’s top-10 for the modern era (since 1988).
In four years at PC, Chock amassed 59 career appearances and program record 52 starts. He won three games each of the last three seasons to finish his career with 11 victories, including two complete games and one shutout. The product of Loris High School struck out 248 batters over his collegiate career and held opposing batters to a meager .273 average, the sixth-best mark in PC’s modern era. Chock also ranks in the program’s top-10 for career strikeouts per nine innings (7.52), strikeouts in a single season (72), strikeouts in a single game (12) and strikeouts looking in a single season (25).
Chock, who graduated from PC in May, will begin his professional career playing with the Tempe Angels in the Arizona League.