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Cardinals Call Up Former NC State Catcher Andrew Knizer



With legendary catcher Yadier Molina going to the 10-day Injured List retroactively on May 29th with a right thumb tendon strain, former NC State catcher Andrew Knizer has been called up from Triple-A in Memphis.

Knizner, 24, the Cardinals seventh round selection (226th overall) in the June 2016, First-Year Player Draft out of North Carolina State University, has been the starting catcher in Memphis, appearing in 37 games while batting .286 with 5 home runs, 17 RBI and eight doubles.

He has a career batting average of .307 over 279 minor league games with 30 HR and 155 RBI.  The right-handed hitting backstop has hit safely in 72 percent of his career games not going more than two games without a hit during the 2019 season.

Defensively, Knizner has thrown out 17-of-32 attempted base stealers (53.1%) this season, with his 17 runners caught stealing leading all Pacific Coast League and Triple-A catchers while ranking T-9th among all minor league catchers.

A member of the 2018 Pacific Coast League Championship Redbirds squad, Knizner was named an All-Star in the Midwest League (2017) and prestigious Arizona Fall League (2017).  He was selected to the 2018 All-Star Futures Game for the USA Team in Washington D.C., last July.

Knizner will wear uniform No. 7.


Knizer is the #2 prospect in the Cardinals farm system.

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Will Wilson Signs Contract with Los Angeles Angels



Former NC State Shortstop Will Wilson has officially signed his contract with the Los Angeles Angels after being taken 15th overall in the 2019 MLB Draft.

The shortstop from North Carolina State will receive an under-slot bonus of $3.4 million, said a club official who was not authorized to publicly comment. The value of the 15th pick with which the Angels chose Wilson was $3,885,800.

LA Times

Wilson became the first player in NC State history to earn ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors this year, and also has picked up All-American honors.

It was fitting that Wilson was in attendance at the Angels game tonight, making an appearance on the big screen.

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Trea Turner Leads the MLB in Walk-Off Hits in 2019



Former NC State Shortstop Trea Turner hit his 2Nd walk-off home run of the season last night.

Turner has hit 3 home runs this year, and the past two have been of the walk-off variety.

Last nights home fun was Turner’s first since returning from the IL, and his first since the third game of the year.

Turner is the only player in the majors to have two walk-off hits in 2019, and both left the park.

Turner has three walk-off home runs in his career.

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Russell Wilson Plans to Play till He’s 45



Former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson is the highest paid player in the NFL, money isn’t the only thing on his mind.

Longevity is as well.

According to a report yesterday, Wilson plans on playing until he’s 45 years old.

“I feel like I’m just getting started,” Wilson said, his voice rising with excitement. “That’s the scary part. That’s the most exciting part. That’s really where I believe that I am right now: I’m just getting started. And I believe this team is just getting started. So, I think that we can do anything that we set our minds out to do.”

“Seven years has gone by so fast,” Wilson said. “You think about just turning 30 years and what I have for the rest of my career — for the next 10-15 years — I’m just fired up about it. You think about some of the best quarterbacks of all time, guys like Drew (Brees), guys like Tom (Brady), who (are playing into their 40s). I really look up to those guys. There’s so much more to do.”

Did Wilson say 15 years… meaning he plans to play until he’s 45?

“Yeah, yeah,” he replied. “That’s the goal. I’m just fired up for it.”


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NC State Players Rank 19th in Career Earnings in NFL



According to Spotrac, NC State’s active NFL players rank 19th amongst college football teams, but is that ranking accurate?


According to Spotrac, NC State has 30 active players currently on NFL rosters, that have earned $339,055,680.

Here’s the problem.

Former Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson’s career earnings aren’t included.

Wilson spent 4 years in Raleigh, and walked away with a diploma. He only played one year at Wisconsin.

The world won’t let NC State have good things.

Here’s the irony in Spotrac’s calculations.

They included former Tight End Pharoah McKever as one of NC State’s 30 active players. McKever, just like Wilson, left NC State as a Graduate Transfer, and played one year at Florida International.

If Spotrac were to be consistent with their logic, Wilson would be included, and the career earnings of former NC State players would be $413,055680, ranking 12th.

Their numbers also don’t include the contracts of Quarterback Ryan Finley and Linebacker Germaine Pratt. The details of Finley’s contract aren’t known yet, and Pratt has yet to sign.

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