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Four NC State Players Selected on Day Two of MLB Draft
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State had four players selected on day two of the Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, which is the first time in program history that more than three players have been chosen among the top-10 rounds.
Junior Brett Kinneman along with seniors Brian Brown, Josh McLain and Brock Deatherage were all selected.
Kinneman was the first Wolfpack player to hear his name called, as he was selected by his home state Pittsburgh Pirates in the seventh round with the 204th pick. The ACC Pitcher of the Year, Brown was next with the 280th pick in the ninth round to the Boston Red Sox.
McLain and Deatherage were drafted with consecutive selections, as the Los Angeles Dodgers chose McLain with the 284th pick in the ninth round and Deatherage was the first pick in the 10thround with the 285th pick by the Detroit Tigers.
Brown, McLain and Deatherage were all selected within six picks.
The Wolfpack’s four selections in the top-10 rounds of the MLB Draft is a first four for the program, eclipsing the previous mark of three achieved on numerous occasions and is tied for the second most among ACC programs.
Under NC State head coach Elliott Avent more than 100 players have been selected in the MLB Draft, as the four players in this year’s event bring the total to 104.
Brett Kinneman | York, Pa. | OF
Third Team Collegiate Baseball & College Sports Madness All-American, First Team All-ACC
Kinneman’s standout junior season earned First Team All-ACC honors and Third Team All-America honors, as he hit 17 home runs to rank fourth in the conference and among the top 25 nationally. He tallied 61 runs batted in (RBI) on the year to tie for third in the ACC and rank among the nation’s best. His 61 RBIs are the most for an NC State player since 2012 when Ryan Matthews had 62. The Wolfpack’s left fielder tied for the team-high with 15 multi-RBI games, highlighted by three games with five or more RBIs. Kinneman compiled a .274 batting average and led the Pack in runs with 52 and 46 walks. He was named to the Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List, D1 Baseball and Perfect Game Midseason All-American, National and ACC Player of the Week twice and NCBWA National Player of the Month for February.
Brian Brown | Glenmoore, Pa. | P
Second Team All-American, ACC Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-ACC
Brown turned in a stellar senior season to become just the second player in NC State baseball history to garner the ACC Pitcher of the Year award. He recorded a 7-2 record complemented by a 2.74 earned run average (ERA), which ranks among the top 10 ACC pitchers. Brown threw two complete games, headlined by closing out last Saturday’s win against Army in the rain. He started 16 games on the mound this season and 61 for his career to break the program record for career starts. Additionally, he finished his Wolfpack tenure with 25 wins to tie for the fifth most in the NC State record books along with Carlos Rodon. Brown went at least five innings in 15 of his 16 starts and NC State has won 13 of the 16 games he started. He is one of 25 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award.
Josh McLain | Hiddenite, N.C. | OF
First Team All-ACC
McLain turned in a stellar senior season to lead all individuals in the ACC with 94 hits, which ranks eighth in the NCAA. He logged a team-best .344 batting average to lead the Pack and rank second in the ACC. He’s averaged 1.54 hits per game to pace the conference and rank 17th in the nation. The Wolfpack’s centerfielder recorded at least one hit in 53 of 60 games, highlighted by hitting streaks of 13 and 11 games. McLain’s 29 multi-hit games led the ACC and he also put together an 18-game reached base safely streak. He started every game this season and did not commit an error. McLain charted 12 stolen bases on 15 attempts. He was also drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 14thround last season, but returned to school and improved his stock five rounds.
Brock Deatherage | Burlington, N.C. | OF
Second Team All-ACC
Deatherage’s strong senior season earned the NC State outfielder Second Team All-ACC honors. He logged a .307 batting average, which was the third best on the team. Deatherage hit 14 home runs on the year, as one of five players on the squad with 10 or more home runs. He recorded his first career multi-homer game against UNC-Chapel Hill earlier this season and logged three for the year. He played in 227 career games and started 215 of those contests. He had 15 multi-hit games this year with 12 multi-RBI games. Deatherage finished his Wolfpack career with 223 hits, 159 runs, 109 RBI and a .286 batting average. He was selected in the 29th round of last year’s draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but elected to return for his senior year and improved his stock by 19 rounds.
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NC State Baseball Rankings Update After Another Undefeated Week
The NC State Baseball team is now 7-0 through two weeks of play, going 4-0 last week, defeating Coastal Carolina 16-4 on the road in a midweek game, and sweeping Belmont at home this past weekend (11-4, 7-0, 7-1).
The Wolfpack remain ranked 21st in the D1Baseball Top-25.
The Wolfpack moved up 11 spots to #19 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll, up 2 spots to #20 in the Coaches Poll, and up 1 spot to #24 in the Baseball America poll.
NC State will host Longwood today at 3pm in their next matchup.
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NC State Sticks at #21 After Opening Weekend Sweep
NC State’s Men’s Baseball team stayed put at #21 in the D1Baseball Top-25 after an opening weekend sweep of Wagner.
NC State also stayed put at #25 in the Baseball America’s new poll, and stayed put at #30 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll.
The Wolfpack will play Coastal Carolina on the road this Wednesday at
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NC State Picked 3rd in the Atlantic in the 2023 ACC Baseball Preseason Poll
The 2023 ACC Preseason Poll was released yesterday, and NC State is projected to finish 3rd in the Atlantic.
NC State finished 5th in the Atlantic Division in 2022, with a 14-15 record in Conference play.
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The Doak is getting its renovation…and NC State fans aren’t exactly loving it
I was just about to write a piece about the Doak renovation going down.
Feb. 17 is right around the corner and #TheDoak is looking nice 👀 #Pack9 #GoPack pic.twitter.com/w64471DPFj
— NC State Athletics (@PackAthletics) January 25, 2023
But while I was over on Twitter, I saw a ton of comments on it, all of them NC State fans, and almost all of them critical of the new look.
Look, I don’t know what’s going on here. Maybe it’ll look a lot better once it’s done, or maybe the grass will match up a lot better when it greens up. But right now, it’s a little jarring. Here is how it used to look…
And here is how it’s looking right now…
Doak Field renovation coming along. Sod and turf almost completed #accbaseball #pack9 #ncsu pic.twitter.com/SYKgmSQZhi
— Allen (@BigalnRaleigh) January 19, 2023
Again, I’m going to wait until it’s really done before I cast judgement, but I think the official tweet from the school marketing it and drawing attention to it, has people thinking it’s in it’s final form. And maybe it is. But I hope it’s not.
I remember this being shared a while back…
This shows grass in foul territory and dirt in the 1st/3rd baselines. So I’m not sure when this turf thing came along. And while we’re on the subject, aren’t we a turf management school? Shouldn’t we be turning up our noses at artificial turf?
Apparently, this is a thing now, where foul territories are artificial turf and fair territory is grass. Here is Mississippi State’s baseball field doing the same thing.
🔜 #NewDude pic.twitter.com/dCoqhCKxLI
— Mississippi State Baseball (@HailStateBB) February 15, 2019
Can’t say I like it there either, honestly. It just seems like one of those fads. Remember when everyone was going crazy with field/court colors?
School with a grey field and school with a glow in the dark basketball court meet on blue turf. Winning coach gets dumped with French fries. College athletics at its absolute best. https://t.co/crEKoeLKbX pic.twitter.com/Bpeod50Sy4
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 4, 2022
Good time to remind everyone that Memphis’ basketball court should be fired directly into the sun. https://t.co/jXpDbPQ7Iw pic.twitter.com/htyMv4sAXD
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) November 10, 2021
The worst basketball court in the history of the sport. Thanks a lot, Oregon. pic.twitter.com/842T5CYmIc
— Craig Miller (@junior_miller) January 30, 2022
Did anyone ever really like those? Do people like them now? Have they ever gotten a recruit to come to the school? Have they ever scared a recruit away?
I don’t know. You tell me. I’ll hold final judgment, but things NC State fans don’t seem like they’re going to follow along.