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Will Wilson Named ACC Defensive Player Of The Year, 4 From NC State Baseball Garner All-ACC Honors

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Junior shortstop Will Wilson was named Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year by the league on Monday afternoon, becoming the first NC State player to earn the honor.

This marks the second consecutive season that at least one NC State player has won a season award.

Along with Wilson’s award, who was automatically named to the All-ACC First Team, three other Wolfpack players earned All-ACC honors. Patrick Bailey was also named to the first team, while Tyler McDonough collected second team and All-Freshman Team honors and Evan Edwards was selected to the third team.

For Wilson, this is his third year being named to an all-conference team, while for Bailey it is his second-straight season collecting a postseason award from the league. Additionally, it is the first mention for Edwards and McDonough.

In his 23 years at the helm of the program, Elliott Avent has had at least one player tabbed to the all-conference team every season.

Will Wilson | Kings Mountain, N.C. | SS

ACC Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-ACC

Wilson has been a force defensively for the Pack this year, playing a vital role in the team’s league-leading .981 fielding percentage. He has made 50 starts at shortstop, missing six games due to injury, compiling a .972 fielding percentage with 117 assists and just five errors in 176 chances.

At the plate, he leads the squad with a .356 batting average, 19 doubles and 16 home runs, as those numbers rank top six in the conference. He also owns a .698 slugging percentage, which is the second-best in the conference and ranks 21st in the NCAA.

Patrick Bailey | Greensboro, N.C. | C

First Team All-ACC

Bailey has made 55 starts this year serving as the Wolfpack’s primary backstop. He followed up with stellar play in his sophomore season after being tabbed ACC Rookie of the Year in 2018.

Defensively, Bailey owns a .991 fielding percentage with just four errors while providing thump in the Pack’s batting order with 65 hits, 17 doubles, nine homers and a .516 slugging percentage. He started the season with a 35-game reached base streak and has reached safely in 50 total games this year.

He was recently named at Buster Posey Award semifinalist, given to the best collegiate catcher of the year, and earned a spot on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team roster.

Tyler McDonough | Liberty Township, Ohio | CF

Second Team All-ACC, ACC All-Freshman Team

McDonough has turned in a stellar first year with the Wolfpack, starting in 55 of 56 games, the most among all freshman on the team. He is one of two players, alongside teammate Evan Edwards, in the conference to appear in every game for his team and compile a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

The rookie leads the team with 24 multi-hit games, including three four-hit outings, and paces all freshmen in the league with 78 hits.

Evan Edwards | Greensboro, N.C. | 1B

Third Team All-ACC

Edwards has been a mainstay for the Pack as the only member of the roster to play at first base this year. He has reached base in 52 games this year, including a 35-game streak to start the season, and is the only player in the ACC to start in every game for his team this season and not commit an error.

The senior is on track to turn in the best season of his collegiate career, leading the team with 58 runs batted in, a .455 on-base percentage and 47 walks. He additionally ranks second on the squad with a .335 clip, 72 hits, 13 homers and 58 runs scored.

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J. Cole Wears NC State Baseball Jersey in New Music Video

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Rapper J. Cole released the music video to his new song “Under the Sun” yesterday, and he is wearing an NC State baseball jersey in it. Cole, a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, has been a frequent visitor at NC State since Dennis Smith Jr. came to Raleigh in 2016. He attended quite a few of Smith’s games in PNC Arena.

Since then, Cole has continued to come back to Raleigh, and has played quite a few games of pick-up basketball in the Dail Center.

You can buy the jersey that J Cole is wearing online at the Red and White Shop, but currently every size is sold out besides 3XL.

(Warning: The music video below has explicit language)

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BA: NC State’s Thayer Thomas Ranks as College Football’s 4th Best Baseball Player

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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

  1. Maurice Hampton, LSU
  2. Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss
  3. Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
  4. Thayer Thomas, NC State
  5. Lucas Krull, Florida
  6. John Rhys Plumlee, Ole Miss
  7. Justin Fields, Ohio State
  8. Feleipe Franks, Florida
  9. Trevon Flowers, Tennessee
  10. Jake Fromm, Georgia

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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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