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NC State Baseball’s Will Wilson Selected NCBWA National Hitter of the Week

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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – After collecting Collegiate Baseball and College Sports Madness National Player of the Week, along with ACC Player of the Week honors for the third time this season on Monday, NC State baseball’s Will Wilson has been named National Hitter of the Week by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) as announced on Tuesday.

Wilson is the second Wolfpack player to claim the award this season, as Brett Kinneman secured the honor on February 27. NC State becomes the only program in the nation to collect the award twice this season.

His strong week at the plate helped lead NC State to a perfect 5-0 record, highlighted by its second ACC sweep. The sophomore recorded a .550 batting average with 11 hits during the week to go along with 12 RBI, both of which are career highs for Wilson in a single week.

He tallied at least two hits in four of the five games and hit a home run in the only game that he did not have two hits. Wilson’s nine home runs in ACC play is tied for the most by an individual against conference opponents, while his 13 home runs for the season is tied for seventh in the league.

The Wolfpack standout logged four RBI in the second game against James Madison and four in game one against Wake Forest to register eight RBI over a two-game stretch.

Wilson compiled a slugging percentage of .900 for the week and also had a .542 on-base percentage. He had five assists and two putouts defensively and did not commit an error. His stellar week helped lift his season batting average from .296 to .313.

NC State returns to action in its final regular-season series, as the Wolfpack travels to Tallahassee for a matchup with Florida State. First pitch of Thursday and Friday’s games is at 6 p.m., while Saturday’s series finale is set for 1 p.m.

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Baseball America Predicts NC State’s Will Wilson to Win ACC Player of the Year

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Baseball America released their preseason ACC predictions and awards this week, and NC State Junior Shortstop Will Wilson is their preseason pick to win the 2019 ACC Player of the Year Award.

Player of the Year: Will Wilson, SS, North Carolina State

The best pure hitter in the ACC, Wilson hit. 303 over his first two years with the Wolfpack, and he showed last year that he packs plenty of power into a smaller frame with 15 home runs. Clemson shortstop Logan Davidson also homered 15 times and is another strong candidate for this award, though Wilson’s track record of hitting trumps Davidson’s and makes him the safer pick. Scouts rave about Wilson’s off-the-field makeup and baseball instincts, but what stands out the most is his innate feel for putting the barrel on the ball and making adjustments at the plate. Wilson has improved defensively and brings reliable hands and enough arm strength for shortstop, but his lack of quickness could move him to second base at the next level. He’s got more than enough defensive ability to handle the position at the college level, however. (BA)

They project the Wolfpack to finish 4th in the Atlantic Division, and make the NCAA Tournament once again this year. Here’s what they had to say about the Pack.

North Carolina State: The Wolfpack return a number of important pieces to a lineup that helped push them to a 41-28 record last season, most notably shortstop Will Wilson. Outside of Wilson’s impact bat, NC State returns catcher Patrick Bailey, who hit .321/.419/.604 with 13 home runs during his freshman campaign. Bailey’s defensive ability matches or exceeds his skill with a bat, and he ranks as the top defensive catcher in the league with excellent receiving, blocking and throwing ability as well as a knack for handling the pitching staff. Speaking of which, NC State believes the 2019 team will have the most pitching depth the program has had since 2013 during the Carlos Rodon years. While the Wolfpack doesn’t have that caliber of arm, righthander Reid Johnston returns from last year’s weekend rotation after posting a 3.06 ERA over 64.1 innings, while junior college transfer righthander Alec Barger can run his fastball into the mid-90s and has improved his off-speed offerings during the fall. Additionally, NC State brings back 6-foot-7 lefthander Kent Klyman, who posted a 2.34 ERA out of the bullpen with 67 strikeouts in 61.2 innings of work. Klyman could be used in the rotation this season, but head coach Elliot Avent also has lefthander Canaan Silver—another junior college transfer—who throws a four-pitch arsenal for strikes consistently. (BA)

They also project that Wilson is the #2 2019 MLB Draft prospect, and that Sophomore Catcher Patrick Bailey is the #2 prospect in the ACC for the 2020 MLB Draft.

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NC State’s Bailey & Wilson Named to 2019 Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List

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DURHAM, N.C. – For the third consecutive season, NC State baseball is represented on the Golden Spikes Award Watch List as sophomore Patrick Bailey and junior Will Wilson were selected to the preseason listing announced on Thursday.

Presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award recognizes the nation’s top amateur baseball player. The 42nd Golden Spikes Award will be presented on June 14.

The preseason watch list features 55 players, as NC State is one of 10 schools with more than one selection. In total, 44 different schools in 18 different conferences are represented on the 2019 preseason watch list.

Last season, ACC Pitcher of the Year Brian Brown and First Team All-ACC selection Brett Kinneman were named to the midseason watch list and Brown was one of 25 semifinalists for the accolade. In 2017, second-round MLB selection and All-American Joe Dunand garnered a place on the preseason watch list.

The Wolfpack has two players on the preseason watch list for the first time since 2014, when Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner garnered the mention.

Both Bailey and Wilson have earned 2019 Preseason All-America honors from at least four publications, including Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Perfect Game.

Wilson put together a .307 batting average as a sophomore to go along with 53 RBIs and 15 home runs. He was one of seven Wolfpack players to claim All-ACC honors and one of four named to the first team.

The Kings Mountain, N.C., native made program history during the season by becoming the first NC State player to claim ACC Player of the Week honors three times in a season. Wilson hit 10 home runs against ACC teams, which tied for the third most in conference games and is the most among returning players. He was named one of 35 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given annually to the top player in collegiate baseball.

Wilson was also selected to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, which is presented to the nation’s top shortstop. He was tabbed National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and College Sports Madness, along with NCBWA National Hitter of the Week during the season.

He was recently tabbed one of the top 50 prospects for the 2019 MLB Draft by MLB Pipeline and spent last summer as a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (CNT).

Bailey was a unanimous Freshman All-America selection last season, claiming the honor from all five publications to announce the award, including Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Perfect Game.

The Greensboro, N.C., native turned in a stellar rookie season to earn ACC Freshman of the Year. Bailey led all freshmen in the ACC in batting average (.321), home runs (13), total bases (113) and slugging percentage (.604).

He was tabbed a Second Team All-ACC and ACC All-Freshman Team selection, in addition to being an American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Region honoree. Bailey set the NC State freshman home run record with 13 long balls in his initial season, eclipsing the previous mark of 12 held by Colt Morton.

The switch-hitting catcher made history against William & Mary, when he became the first Wolfpack player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.

Bailey’s .604 slugging percentage led the Pack, was the fourth highest in the ACC and best for a freshman. He logged the second most multi-hit games on the team with 21 and also contributed 11 multi-RBI games, highlighted by two games with five or more RBIs. Bailey threw out 11 runners on the base paths and recorded a .983 fielding percentage.

The 2019 Golden Spikes Award timeline:

  • April 10:USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list announced
  • May 15:USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists announced, voting begins
  • May 26: USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists voting ends
  • May 29:USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists announced, voting begins
  • June 10:USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists voting ends
  • June 14:USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award trophy presentation

About Golden Spikes Award
Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. Following the first-ever presentation of the Award to Bob Horner of Arizona State, the Golden Spikes Award has been presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship. The 2018 Golden Spikes Award winner was Andrew Vaughn from the University of California Berkeley. Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as Brendan McKay (’17), Kyle Lewis (’16), Andrew Benintendi (’15), Kris Bryant (’13), Mike Zunino (’12), Trevor Bauer (’11), Bryce Harper (’10), Stephen Strasburg (’09), Buster Posey (’08), David Price (’07) and Alex Gordon (’05). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Tim Lincecum (’06), Pat Burrell (’98), Mark Kotsay (’95), Robin Ventura (’88), Jim Abbott (’87), Will Clark (’85), Dave Magadan (’83), Terry Francona (’80), Tim Wallach (’79), and Horner (’78).  For more information, please visit GoldenSpikesAward.com.  Fans can follow the Golden Spikes Award on Twitter @USAGoldenSpikes.

About Rod Dedeaux Foundation
The Rod Dedeaux Foundation was formed to continue Rod’s spirit by supporting youth baseball and softball programs in underserved areas. Currently, inner city organizations are fighting for survival as public funding is drying up, coupled with the game’s waning popularity with children in Urban areas. Through the efforts of the Foundation, youth receive more than just uniforms and renovated facilities, they receive a sanctuary from challenging environments and a support system specifically designed to build character and academic support to enable underprivileged youth to achieve their dreams. For more information, please visit DedeauxFoundation.org.

About USA Baseball
USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation.  The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, Premier12 and Pan Am teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year.  The organization is responsible for the continued proliferation and health of the sport, and leads a number of amateur initiatives including PLAYBALL and Pitch Smart.  USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.  For more information, please visit the organization’s official websites: USABaseball.com, PLAYBALL.org, PitchSmart.org, SportDev.org, GoldenSpikesAward.com and USABaseballShop.com.

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NC State Baseball Picked to Finish 4th in Atlantic

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The ACC coaches have turned in their ballots, and NC State is Pickard to finish 4th in the Atlantic Division in 2019.

NC State was picked 4th int he Preseason Poll last year, but finished 2nd in the Atlantic Division, with a 19-11 ACC record.

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NC State’s Patrick Bailey Named 2nd Team NCBWA Preseason All-American

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NC State Sophomore Catcher Patrick Bailey was named to the 2nd Team NCBWA Preseason All-American Team.

He has also earned Preseason All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, D1Baseball and Perfect Game.

Bailey was the ACC Freshman of the Year last year, leading ACC rookies in batting average (.321), home runs (13), total bases (113) and slugging percentage (.604).

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