NC State baseball's Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner were selected in the first round of Thursday night's MLB Draft. Rodon was drafted third overall by the Chicago White Sox and Turner was the No. 13 pick by the San Diego Padres.
Rodon became the highest-drafted player in Wolfpack baseball history, surpassing the mark of No. 26 overall, set by Dan Plesac in 1983. Rodon and Turner join Plesac, Joey Devine (No. 27 in 2005), and Andrew Brackman (No. 30 in 2007) as the fourth and fifth Wolfpackers selected in the first 30 picks of the first round.
Including compensatory selections, NC State has had eight players drafted in the first round: Plesac, Devine, Brackman, Rodon, Turner, Ron Evans (1975), Greg Briley (1986) and Corey Lee (1996).
Rodon finished his career with an NC State record 436 strikeouts and a 2.24 ERA over 50 appearances in 345.2 IP, good for third all-time in NC State history. His 25 wins and eight complete games both rank sixth all-time.
Turner finished his career fourth all-time in ACC history for career stolen bases with 113 on 127 attempts. He owns a share of the single game with five, set during his freshman year at Clemson. His 57 stolen bases during his freshman campaign rank second all-time on the ACC single-season list. At the plate, Turner hit .342 for his career and finished sixth all-time in NC State history with 203 career runs.
Rodon and Turner are the first three-time All-Americans in Wolfpack baseball history. Catcher Brett Austin is expected to be selected early in the draft as well. Check back on GoPack.com for more MLB Draft updates.
BRAVES SELECT ASHEVILLE-ROBERSON'S DAVIDSON IN FIRST ROUND
The Atlanta Braves selected outfielder Braxton Davidson of Asheville-Roberson in the first-round (32nd pick) in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Davidson, who was the Gatorade player of the year in North Carolina and the co-Player of the Year in the Mountain Athletic Conference batted.462 with 20 RBIs, 34 runs scored, 11 doubles, 14 stolen bases and five home runs. Davidson was walked 25 times.
On the mound, Davidson was 4-2 with a 1.94 earned-run average and 81 strikeouts in 47 innings pitched.Davidson is among more than two dozen players from the tradition-rich Roberson baseball program over the past 30 years to get the opportunity to play pro baseball.
He is the third Rams player in the past nine years to be a first-round pick, joining his boyhood idol Cameron Maybin (10th pick in the 2005 draft) and Justin Jackson (45th selection in 2007).
DUNNIGAN TO UMPIRE IN CLASS 2A STATE FINALS
Watauga native Bobby Dunnigan has been selected as part of the umpiring crew that will work the Class 2A state championship series between Bunker Hill High and Midway @ UNC-Greensboro's Spartan Stadium. Game one tonight begins at 8 p.m.
Dunningan, who has also worked the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA., is working his third state-championship series. He worked the Class 1A state baseball finals in 1993, and he worked the Class 4A state championship game as a head linesman in 2000. And Dunnigan worked the Junior College Super Regionals in Sumter, S.C.
Game two between Bunker Hill and Midway will be played Saturday at 2 p.m.; game three, if necessary, will be played Saturday night at 8 p.m. UNCG will also host the Class 4A state finals between West Forsyth and Richmond Senior.