Marilyn Payne

NC talents taken on MLB Draft Day 2, Triangle names still on the board

Posted June 13
Updated June 30

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Many baseball players in North Carolina are still waiting to hear which MLB team they will begin their professional careers with after Day 2 of the 2017 Draft ended Tuesday evening.

While two high schoolers, two Tar Heels and two Demon Deacons were selected in an NC-heavy Day 1, Rounds 3-10 were void of big names from the Triangle high schools and colleges.

Among players still available are Cary High School's Greg Jones, who is committed to UNC Wilmington, and Cape Fear High School's Gavin Williams, who is committed to East Carolina.

The St. Louis Cardinals picked East Carolina ace Evan Kruczynski in the ninth round (274th overall). Kruczynski went 4-3 with a 4.47 ERA in 10 starts for the Pirates in his senior season after earning All-America honors as a junior and finished his career with a 20-8 record. The slot value on the lefty is $140,600.

Wake Forest, which had two Top-50 picks for the first time in program history, saw more of its players picked on Day 2 following the end of its season Monday night.

The Oakland Athletics took right-handed pitcher Parker Dunshee in the seventh round (201st overall) and the Baltimore Orioles chose catcher Ben Breazeale 218th overall.

The Minnesota Twins selected former Hoggard High School left-handed pitcher Bryan Sammons as the first pick of the eighth round (226th overall). The 6-foot-4 southpaw finished his career at Western Carolina University tied for fourth with 27 career wins on the mound and second in career strikeouts with 325 in four seasons with the Catamounts.

Lenoir-Rhyne's John Curtis was selected in the eighth round (230th overall) by the Atlanta Braves. The left-handed pitcher stayed close to home for college after attending Hibriten High School.

The Braves also selected University of Mount Olive's Bruce Zimmerman in the fifth round, 140th overall.

Three UNC-Charlotte 49ers were also picked on Day 2: second baseman Brett Netzer was selected in the third round (101st overall) by the Boston Red Sox, Toronto picked right-handed pitcher Colton Laws in the seventh round (219nd overall) and outfield T.J. Nichting went to the Orioles in the ninth (278 overall).

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