banner
Ken Medlin

Ackley, Tate latest in long line of area draftees

Posted August 17, 2009

Dustin Ackley and Donovan Tate continue a long history of area players selected early in the Major League Baseball Draft.

The first top-five pick from the area came way back in 1970, when the Montreal Expos made catcher Barry Foote the number three pick overall out of Smithfield.  Foote went on to a solid decade-long career with four different teams.

It took a while before the next early pick, Milwaukee selected UNC catcher BJ Surhoff #1 overall in 1985. Surhoff played for nearly two decades in The Show, collecting more than two-thousand base hits and earning his way into the Baltimore Orioles' Hall of Fame.

Six years later, the Yankees made Beaufort’s Brien Taylor the top pick overall, but a freak injury kept him from ever reaching the majors. Taylor hurt his shoulder defending his brother in a fight, and it cost him his shot at the big leagues.

A year later, the Indians snagged Raleigh’s Paul Shuey out of Carolina with the second pick of the draft. Shuey spent more than a decade in the majors.

And in 1993, Wilmington's Trot Nixon leveraged football against baseball – much like Donovan Tate. Nixon worked out at quarterback with NC State before signing with Boston, where he went on to win a world series ring

Athens Drive product Josh Hamilton collected a $3.96 Million signing bonus from Tampa as the top pick of the 1999 draft. Substance abused nearly derailed his career before Hamilton made a dramatic comeback with the Reds and Rangers.

And NC State recruited Justin Upton out of high school, but the lure of being the #1 pick of the 2005 Draft kept him out of college. Upton made his major league debut with the Diamondbacks at the age of 19.

Going back to Surhoff's draft in 1985, that's four #1 overall picks with area ties and two more players that went second overall in their respective drafts. That's quite a track record for any area.

 

1 Comment

This blogpost is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • mrno1 Aug 20, 10:43 a.m.

    I'm a huge UNC fan but even I have to admit that just being a recruit doesn't make you an area player. I would have love to see Tate at UNC for a couple of year but the reality is was never enrolled at UNC. He showed up on campus 1 day and left the next. He may be a UNC fan but he is local only to Georgia.

  • CBB: North Carolina vs. Ohio State

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: UCLA vs Kentucky

    Tomorrow at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego at San Francisco

    Tomorrow at 8:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Cleveland

    Monday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • WBB: Duke vs. UMass Lowell

    Tonight at 6:30 on 620am

  • NFL: Philadelphia at Washington

    Tomorrow at 4:25 pm on 620am

Scoreboard
Local
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
CHA
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
CHA
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
UTA
7:30pm Tonight
CLE
BRK
7:30pm Tonight
BOS
MIN
7:30pm Tonight
DET
TOR
7:30pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
CHI
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
POR
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
OKC
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
2nd
TULA 49
JST 44
 
6:00pm Tonight
RAD
SIENA
 
7:00pm Tonight
MERC
COOK
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUCK
CASEWEST
 
7:00pm Tonight
LIB
CPNC
 
7:00pm Tonight
SCAR
CLEM
7:00pm Tonight
CMICH
CONC
 
7:00pm Tonight
MIAMI
EKENT
7:00pm Tonight
GWEBB
HIWASSEE
 
7:00pm Tonight
ODU
MDES
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF
NIAG
 
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
NCAT
 
7:00pm Tonight
FAM
UNF
 
7:00pm Tonight
NORST
NARZ
 
7:00pm Tonight
DART
NILL
 
7:00pm Tonight
MORE
NKENTUCKY
 
7:00pm Tonight
UCSB
SDCHR
 
7:00pm Tonight
STJ
GAELS
7:00pm Tonight
ALA
STILL
 
7:00pm Tonight
HAMP
TENST
 
7:00pm Tonight
TENN
TENT
7:00pm Tonight
WMARY
WSHMD
 
7:30pm Tonight
FLGC
FUR
 
7:30pm Tonight
CALST
SDKST
 
8:00pm Tonight
MTST
CHAT
8:00pm Tonight
NDAK
DICKINSON
 
8:00pm Tonight
LAMON
LSUALEX
 
8:00pm Tonight
PRIN
LIP
 
8:00pm Tonight
LAM
MLGN
 
8:00pm Tonight
MINN
SEAT
 
8:00pm Tonight
LOYC
SUTAH
 
8:00pm Tonight
SELA
WINT
 
8:05pm Tonight
SILL
NO
 
9:00pm Tonight
MARQ
ALAAM
 
9:00pm Tonight
TTU
ARKPB
 
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
COLST
9:00pm Tonight
CREI
TXPA
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
EWASH
10:05pm Tonight
UTST
IDST
 
11:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ARZ
11:59pm Tonight
CHAM
HAW
 
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
TAM
7:30pm Tonight
OTT
ANA
7:30pm Tonight
DET
NYI
8:00pm Tonight
WIN
BOS
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
DAL