Ben Carlson was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 40th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. He spent two years in the Angels Minor League organization. A Mauldin, S.C., native and product of Mauldin High School and Spartanburg Methodist Junior College, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Carlson went 5-3 with four saves and a 4.64 earned run average this past season in helping Furman to a 32-25 record and sixth place finish in the Southern Conference. In 30 appearances, all in relief, he worked 52 1/3 innings and allowed 65 hits, 29 earned runs, and 11 walks while striking out 45. Opponents hit .298 against him. He notched wins against Michigan State (4-3), USC Upstate (6-5), South Carolina (6-5), College of Charleston (6-5), and Georgia Southern (5-3), and picked up saves against Elon (10-6), Coastal Carolina (4-1), Davidson (7-1), and UNCG (6-4). Carlson played a huge role in helping Furman record its best start since 1926, going 2-0 with three saves over his first 11 appearances — a stretch that saw him register an 0.54 ERA and post 17 strikeouts with no walks over 16 2/3 innings.