Former NC State All-American Trea Turner deserves to be a 2018 National League All-Star.
Turner currently has the highest WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of all National League shortstops.
He also is 2nd in Runs, 1st in Hits, 1st in Steals, 1st in Walks, and 3rd in OBP (On-Base Percentage).
On the defensive side of the ball, Turner ranks 5th in all of the Majors in Defensive WAR, no matter the position (2nd among NL Shortstops).
Currently, Turner ranks 4th in the National League in All-Star voting for shortstops. Click here to vote.
BA: NC State’s Thayer Thomas Ranks as College Football’s 4th Best Baseball Player
Baseball America recently ranked College Football’s best Baseball players, and NC State Wide Receiver Thayer Thomas ranked 4th.
4. Thayer Thomas, North Carolina State
Thomas had a big redshirt freshman year for the Wolfpack. In the fall, he was a backup wide receiver and caught 34 passes for 383 yards and three touchdowns, while also serving as NC State’s punt returner. In the spring, the outfielder hit .222/.364/.500 in 14 games and got drafted in the 33rd round by the Red Sox. He turned down Boston’s offer, however, and will continue as a dual-sport athlete at NC State. The former walk-on is now listed as a starter at wide receiver on the Wolfpack’s depth chart as NC State prepares to open its season against East Carolina. (BA)
Baseball America’s Top-10 Baseball Players that also play College Football
- Maurice Hampton, LSU
- Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss
- Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
- Thayer Thomas, NC State
- Lucas Krull, Florida
- John Rhys Plumlee, Ole Miss
- Justin Fields, Ohio State
- Feleipe Franks, Florida
- Trevon Flowers, Tennessee
- Jake Fromm, Georgia
Six of NC State’s Eight Draft Picks Have Signed With MLB Teams
Obviously Junior Shortstop Will Wilson and Senior 1st Basemen Evan Edwards signed their Major League Baseball contracts after being taken in the 2019 Draft.
Wilson was drafted 15th overall by the Angels, and couldn’t turn that down, and Edwards was out of eligibility at the collegiate level, signing with the Marlins after being drafted in the 4th round.
In total, NC State’s Baseball team produced 7 draft picks this summer, which tied for the 9th most in College Baseball.
Outside of Wilson and Edwards, 4 Junior NC State Pitchers also signed their Major League contracts.
Jason Parker (Reds) and Andrew Blake (Angels) signed on June 11th, Alec Barger (Atlanta Braves) signed on June 17th, and Michael Bienlien (Detroit Tigers) signed on June 23rd.
Redshirt Freshman Outfileder Thayer Thomas (Round 33/Red Sox) and Sophomore Left Handed Pitcher Evan Justice (Round 39/ Marlins) are the only two Wolfpack players drafted that didn’t signed a contract. The deadline was July 12th.
NC State Produced the 9th Most Draft Picks in 2019
The 2019 College Baseball season is over, but let’s take a moment to highlight the fact that NC State produced the 9th most picks in the 2019 MLB Draft this year. The 8 Wolfpack Draftees ties for 2nd all-time in school history (2017 & 2006), just one shy of the 9 selected in 2009.
JR SS Will Wilson – 1st Round/15th Overall – Nationals
SR 1B Evan Edwards – 4th Round – Marlins
JR RHP Jason Parker – 16th Round – Reds
JR RHP Alex Barger – 17th Round – Braves
JR RHP Andrew Blake – 21st Round – Angels
JR RHP Michael Bienlien – 24th Round – Tigers
FR OF Thayer Thomas – 33rd Round – Red Sox
NC State Signee Blake Walston Signs Contract with D-Backs
2019 NC State Signee Blake Walston (6’4″/172) was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 26th overall pick tonight in the 1st round back on June 3rd.
There was some speculation on whether or not he would sign with the D-Backs, because he wouldn’t come cheap.
Many scouts believe that in three years, he could be one of the top picks in the draft.
We need to speculate no longer.
Walston will bypass college baseball at NC State, and begin his professional baseball career.
Walston’s signing bonus will net him $2.45 million of guaranteed money.
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