Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Four ACC Baseball Players Are MLB First Round Choices

Danny Hultzen (center)
Four ACC baseball players were first-round selections in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, which got under way Monday night in New York.

Two-time ACC Pitcher of the Year Danny Hultzen was taken as the second overall pick by the Seattle Mariners. Hultzen joined former North Carolina standout Dustin Ackley (2009) as the second ACC player in three years to be taken by the Mariners as the No. 2 overall pick. Hultzen's overall selection was the highest ever for a Virginia player.

Second-team All-ACC pitcher Jed Bradley went to the Milwaukee Brewers as the No. 15 overall selection. First-team selection Sean Gilmartin of Florida State, the current career leader in wins among active ACC pitchers, went to the Atlanta Braves as the No. 28 pick. North Carolina shortstop Levi Michael was the fourth ACC player taken, going 30th overall to the Minnesota Twins.

This marks the 20th consecutive year (1992-2011) that at least one student-athlete from an ACC program has been taken in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. It is the 10th time in the last 11 years that conference has seen multiple players taken in the first round.

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