Baseball Has Record Nine Taken In MLB Draft
ATHENS, Ga. NC State may have lost on the baseball field to Georgia in the first game of the NCAA Athlens Super Regional on Friday, but Major League Baseball scouts thought enough of the Wolfpack’s talent to draft a school-record nine NC State players over the course of the 50-round draft.
Starting pitchers Clayton Shunick (5th round, Cincinnati) and Eric Surkamp (6th round, San Francisco) went on the draft’s first day, which went only six rounds as the first round was televised.
Three NC State players went during the course of the Wolfpack’s 11-4 loss to Georgia. Center fielder Marcus Jones went in the 11th round to the Washington Nationals, righthanded pitcher Sam Brown in the 18th round to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and righthander Eryk McConnell in the 20th round to the Philadelphia Phillies.
The draft still had hours to run at that point, and four more NC State players had their names called before the 50th and final round was concluded. Lefthanded pitcher Alex Sogard went in the 26th round to the Diamondbacks, outfielder Matt Payne in the 34th round to the Pttsburgh Pirates, lefthander Drew Taylor in the 34th round to the Los Angels of Anaheim, and outfielder Jeremy Synan in the 42nd round to the Florida Marlins.
The previous high for NC State players taken in one draft was eight, in 2006.