Athletic Hall of Fame 2023: Max Schrock ‘12
A two-time conference Player of the Year, second baseman Max Schrock received the school’s coveted title of Male Athlete of the Year during his senior year at Cardinal Gibbons.
Schrock, a 2012 Gibbons alumnus, was recruited his sophomore year by the University of South Carolina, the number one college baseball team in the country with two back-to-back NCAA championships. His senior year he was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks but chose to fulfill his commitment to South Carolina.
During his time at Gibbons, he was the team MVP all four years and earned the title of Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore and a senior. He also received All-State honors twice. From the first games of his freshman year to the final game of his senior year, Max consistently led the team in batting average, hits, and home runs, and holds records in several categories.
Max was named Freshman All-American during his first season at South Carolina. He went on to make the All-Regional team and All-SEC second team before going professional.
He was drafted in the 13th round by the Washington Nationals in 2015. In 2016, he was a Single A South Atlantic League All-Star and All-Star Game MVP, leading all minor league teams in hits.
Max hit his first major league home run in 2020 while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley field. Following that career first, Max was signed by the Chicago Cubs. In September of 2021 while with the Cincinnati Reds, Max went 5 for 5 with a home run vs the New York Mets, a rare feat for any Major leaguer.
In 2022, his .619 batting average led Spring Training camp for number of hits in the Cactus League. Earlier this year, he struck a deal with the San Diego Padres and will join them at Major League Spring Training camp in Arizona.
He is married to schoolmate Sarah Russo, who graduated in 2011. The couple are the proud parents of Scarlett Lee, who turns one this May.