Trio of Heels lead host of NC talent taken on Day 2 of MLB Draft

Posted June 7, 2013

Brian Holberton scores a run during the St. John's vs. UNC regional game on June 3, 2012 in Chapel Hill, NC.

The second day of the MLB Draft saw seven talents playing in the state of North Carolina selected, including three from UNC.

UNC junior left-hander Kent Emanuel was the first selection of the day, going to the Houston Astros with the initial selection in the third round (No. 74 overall). Temmates Cody Stubbs and Brian Holberton followed by getting selected by the Kansas City Royals in the eighth round and the Houston Astros in the ninth round, respectively.

East Carolina junior shortstop Jack Reinheimer became the fifth round selection of the Seattle Mariners. Reinheimer, who was taken with the 147th overall pick, is the eighth highest draft selection in school history. East Carolina has had at least one player taken in the last 17 MLB Draft’s dating back to 1997.

Other players from the Tar Heel state selected Friday include centerfielder Champ Stuart of Brevard College (6th round), pitcher Emilio Pagan of Belmont Abbey College (10th round) and pitcher Justin Livengood of UNC-Wilmington (10th round).

Rounds 11 through 40 of the draft will continue Saturday starting at 1 p.m.

Emanuel owns an 11-3 record this year with a 2.70 ERA in a career-best 120 innings. He currently owns Carolina junior records for wins (28) and innings pitched (334.2). Emanuel was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round coming out of high school but elected to UNC.

Stubbs, a senior, leads the Tar Heels with a .372 average and ranks third in the country with 76 RBIs on the year. The draft selection marks the third time Stubbs has been taken in the MLB Draft, Stubbs was selected in the 29th round (Boston Red Sox) coming out of high school and was later drafted in the 14th round (Washington Nationals) before attending UNC.

Holberton, who was drafted as a catcher although he splits time in the outfield, is hitting .308 on the year with a career-high 10 home runs for the Tar Heels.

The 2013 MLB Draft marks the first time since 2009 that Carolina has had four players drafted in the opening 10 round as the trio joined Colin Moran who was selected in the first round Thursday night.

Reinheimer started 56 games this year for ECU batting .271 with two home runs and 21 RBIs. He was previously drafted in the 31st round by the Atlanta Braves before becoming a three-year starter for the Pirates.


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  • Trolling Wolf Jun 8, 2013

    Carlos is not eligible for the draft until next year. He will be pitching for State next season.

  • vampireswaiting Jun 8, 2013

    Why hasn't someone taken Carlos Rodon? He is the best pitcher in college baseball.

  • 4tarheels Jun 8, 2013

    Congrats to them all. Now it's time to grip up and take care of business against South Carolina.

  • stillheelman73 Jun 7, 2013

    I hope all of them have long, productive careers.

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  • StunGunn Jun 7, 2013

    Congrats to all players. Will miss Moran, Emmanuel and Stubbs for sure!

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