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NC State’s Bailey & Wilson Collect Collegiate Baseball All-America Honors

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TUSCON, Ariz. – Patrick Bailey and Will Wilson of No. 15 NC State baseball collected All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball on Thursday, as announced by the organization.

Bailey, a sophomore from Greensboro, N.C., was named to the third team while Wilson, a junior who hails from Kings Mountain, N.C., earned second team honors for the second straight season.

For Bailey, it is his second mention from the publication as he was named a freshman All-American last year. For Wilson, this the third mention of his career as he additionally earned freshman All-America honors in 2017.

The duo has played a vital part in the team’s 42-17 record and remaining nationally-ranked the entire season. NC State earned its ninth NCAA Tournament bid in the last 10 seasons and 31st overall, and opens up NCAA Regional play Friday at 12 p.m. versus Campbell in Greenville, N.C.

Bailey has been the Wolfpack’s primary backstop with 58 starts on the season. He currently owns a .291 clip with 67 hits, 17 doubles, nine homers and a .509 slugging percentage. Defensively, he has committed just five errors in 453 chances for a .989 fielding percentage, and has thrown out 32 percent of base runners attempting to swipe a bag.

He recently earned First Team All-ACC honors and was named one of 14 semifinalists for the Buster Posey Award, which honors the nation’s best catcher. Last month, Bailey was announced to USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team roster.

Wilson, who was announced as one of five finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award (given to the nation’s best shortstop) this morning, leads the team with a .346 batting average, 20 doubles, 16 home runs and a .682 slugging percentage. Those numbers rank top seven in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Last week he was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-ACC selection, committing just six errors in 53 starts. Additionally, he has tallied 56 putouts, including a team-leading 121 assists, in 183 chances.

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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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