Nick Fuller was the Rays' third-round draft pick last year who chose not to sign so he could play for the University of South Carolina. His time with the Gamecocks didn't last long.
Fuller, a right-handed pitcher, and outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall were kicked off the team Monday after being arrested Monday, according to today's The State. Coach Ray Tanner said "this case is now in the hands of the legal authorities." Both players are freshmen.
The way I understand the draft rules, Fuller won't be eligible this year. If he transfers to a junior college, he'll be eligible next year. If he either returns to USC or goes to another four-year school, he'll be eligible in 2009 -- and start his pro career about the time he could have been in Class AA had he signed out of high school.
None of that will matter if the charges are true.
The story says Fuller faces multiple charges of grand larceny and burglary, while Chisenhall faces one of each. The charges include stealing desktop computers from a school office, and cash from the USC coaching offices.
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