Wednesday, June 10, 2009

MLB FAILS TO APPRECIATE WAHOO BASEBALL

In spite of their impressive season that included winning the ACC Baseball Tournament, upsetting the nationally ranked U.C. Irvine Anteaters in the NCAA Baseball Tournament Regionals and then prevailing in the NCAA Baseball Tournament Super Regionals to make their first-ever trip to the College World Series, not a single University of Virginia baseball player was chosen in Tuesday night’s Major League Baseball First-Year Draft.

ACC baseball insiders were shocked.

However, three ACC student-athletes were among the first 15 chosen in the first round.

That included two of the first four selections, as North Carolina junior first baseman Dustin Ackley went second overall to the Seattle Mariners, and Boston College junior catcher Tony Sanchez went No. 4 overall to the Pittsburgh Pirates. North Carolina junior pitcher Alex White was taken by the Cleveland Indians at No. 15 overall.

This marks the 18th straight year the ACC has seen at least one player taken in the first round of the MLB First-Year Draft (1992-2009). This also marks the eighth time in the last nine years the conference has seen multiple first-round selections.

A career .412 hitter, the 6-1, 184-pound Ackley is projected as an outfielder by most professional scouts. The Walnut Cove, N.C., native led North Carolina to its ACC-record fourth straight College World Series this season. He is currently batting .412 with an ACC-best 22 home runs, 70 RBI and 13 stolen bases.

“I’m shocked,” said Ackley, “I mean after the Hoos won the ACC Baseball Tournament, then upset the nationally ranked U.C. Irvine Anteaters in the NCAA Baseball Tournament Regionals and won again in the NCAA Baseball Tournament Super Regionals to make their first-ever trip to the College World Series, I was sure one of their many incredibly talented and accomplished players would be chosen second.”

Sanchez became the highest pick in the Major League Baseball Draft in Boston College program history.
Sanchez became the second Eagle to be selected in the first round and is the first position player to be picked in the opening round. Right-handed pitcher Chris Lambert was the only other player drafted in the first round out of Chestnut Hill when he was taken 19th by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2004.

The Miami, Fla., native was the first catcher taken in the draft. He is just the third catcher out of Boston College to be selected in MLB Draft history.

I’m shocked,” said Sanchez, “I mean after Virginia won the ACC Baseball Tournament, then upset the nationally ranked U.C. Irvine Anteaters in the NCAA Baseball Tournament Regionals and won again in the NCAA Baseball Tournament Super Regionals to make their first-ever trip to the College World Series, I was sure one of their many incredibly talented and accomplished players would be chosen fourth.”

UNC’s Alex White (#6), who was chosen fifteenth, said, “I’m shocked. After UVa won the ACC Baseball Tournament, then upset the nationally ranked U.C. Irvine Anteaters in the NCAA Baseball Tournament Regionals and won again in the NCAA Baseball Tournament Super Regionals to make their first-ever trip to the College World Series, I was sure one of their many incredibly talented and accomplished players would be chosen fifteenth.”

In addition, Kyle Seager of North Carolina was chosen by Seattle and Benjamin Paulsen of Clemson by Colorado.
(*items in italics may not be true)

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