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NC State’s ACC Leaders Heading into Clemson Series

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#17 NC State (37-13) is looking to win their first ACC series since the 1st weekend of April (Boston College) this weekend against Clemson (29-20) in the Wolfpack’s final home series of the regular season. NC State lost the last three ACC series’ against Louisville, Notre Dame and Wake Forest. With that being said, the Wolfpack have won 4 of their last 5 games.

Here’s a look at the Wolfpack’s ACC Leaders heading into the weekend:

(Via ACC Weekly Release)

As a team, NC State heads into the weekend ranked 7th in the ACC in batting average, 5th in ERA, and 1st in fielding.

Senior 1st Baseman Evan Edwards’ .347 batting average ranks 7th in the conference, with Freshman Center Fielder Tyler McDonough (.335) and Junior Shortstop Will Wilson (.333) ranking 14th and 15th respectively.

Sophomore Reid Johnston ranks 17th in ERA (4.05).

McDonough (70) and Edwards (67) rank 3rd and 7th in Hits.

Wilson ranks 5th in Home Runs (14) and Edwards ranks 7th (13).

Sophomore Outfielder Jonny Butler ranks 2nd in Runs (56) and Edwards is tied for 5th (54).

Sophomore Catcher Patrick Bailey ranks 7th in Doubles (16).

Edwards (54) and Wilson (49) rank 6th and 8th in RBI’s respectively.

Edwards ranks 2nd in Total Bases (125) and Wilson (120) ranks 3rd.

Edwards ranks 10th in On-Base Percentage (.458) and 6th in Slugging Percentage (.648). Wilson ranks 5th in Slugging Percentage (.656).

Redshirt Sophomore Dalton Feeney ranks 6th in Saves (7).

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Six of NC State’s Eight Draft Picks Have Signed With MLB Teams

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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.

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NC State Produced the 9th Most Draft Picks in 2019

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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.

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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

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NC State Signee Blake Walston Signs Contract with D-Backs

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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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NC State’s Will Wilson Named Consensus All-American

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RALEIGH – Junior shortstop Will Wilson of the NC State baseball team became the program’s first consensus All-American since 2012 after earning honors from DI Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) over the weekend.

Additionally, he earned second team honors on the College Baseball Foundation’s inaugural All-America list.

The Kings Mountain, N.C., native owns 11 All-America mentions in his career, the second-most in Wolfpack history behind Carlos Rodon. Rodon was the last consensus All-American prior to Wilson and earned 12 in his career.

Wilson was recently drafted by the Los Angeles Angels as the No. 15 overall pick and is currently with the Orem Owlz, the rookie affiliate for the Angels in Orem, Utah.

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