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NC State 2019 Signee Blake Walston Drafted 26th Overall by Arizona

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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.

Walston led New Hanover to a North Carolina State Championship the past two years, and took home Gatorade Player of the Year honors this year. As a Senior, he compiled a 13-0 record, a 0.46 ERA and 137 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings.

Many scouts project that Walston could be one of the top picks in the 2022 MLB Draft, so the Left Handed Pitcher has quite the decision to mull over.

With the #26 overall pick, MLB.com projects Walston’s contract will be worth $2,653,400. Compare that to the $6-8 million the Top-5 picks will make, which will only be higher in three years time. Salaries are 3.9% higher this year, compared to last year.

The Diamondbacks have a silver bullet in their gun though, possessing more money in their bonus pool than any other team in the 2019 Draft. Arizona has $16,093,700 to use for signing bonuses for players they draft in the first 10 rounds.

Many thought that Walston would be too expensive to sign out of high school, but if any team might be able to pull it off, it would be Arizona. Walston will have to decide if he wants to take the money now, or clean up more in three years.

If he were to turn down the contract, he wouldn’t be the first player to deny 1st round 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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NC State’s Tyler McDonough Tabbed Perfect Game Freshman All-American

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RALEIGH – Tyler McDonough of the NC State baseball team collected first team freshman All-America honors from Perfect Game on Thursday.

An All-ACC Second Team and ACC All-Freshman selection, this is the second All-America nod of his career as he was also recently named to Collegiate Baseball’s list.

A Liberty Township, Ohio, native, he led the team and all freshmen in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 80 hits, including 25 multi-hit performances. He started 60 games in center field and compiled a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

McDonough turned in three four-hit outings in ACC play, highlighted by his 4-for-5 showing vs. Wake Forest on April 20 when he was a single shy of hitting for the cycle. He also went 4-for-5 on March 10 vs. Pittsburgh and March 15 vs. then-No. 1 Florida State.

Additionally, he finished third on the team with a .320 clip and 47 runs batted in while stealing a team-best 10 bases out of 12 attempts, as those numbers rank top seven among all freshmen in the ACC.

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NC State’s Patrick Bailey Projected as a 1st Round Pick in 2020 MLB Draft

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It looks like NC State could have players drafted in the 1st Round of the MLB Draft in back-to-back years.

Shortstop Will Wilson was taken by the Los Angeles Angels with the 15th overall pick earlier this month, and MLB.com projects that Catcher Patrick Bailey will follow suit.

Bailey is projected to be taken 8th overall by the Cincinnati Reds.

8. Reds: Patrick Bailey, C, North Carolina State
The class of the 2020 catchers, Bailey is a switch-hitter with power from both sides of the plate as well as solid throwing, receiving and blocking skills.

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If Bailey were to be taken 8th overall next year, he would become the 2nd highest drafted player in NC State history behind Pitcher Carlos Rodon, who was taken 3rd overall by the Chicago White Sox back in 2014.

The Wolfpack have only had 7 players ever drafted in the 1st round, and have never had players taken in the 1st round in back-to-back years.

Bailey hit .288 as a Sophomore this year, with 68 hits, 17 doubles, 10 homers and a .513 slugging percentage in 2019. Defensively, he committed just five errors in 476 chances for a .989 fielding percentage.

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NC State Trio Racks Up All-Region, All-America Awards

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RALEIGH – Evan Edwards and Will Wilson of NC State baseball collected All-America honors from Perfect Game and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), while the duo and Patrick Bailey garnered American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings Atlantic All-Region honors on Wednesday.

Edwards and Wilson were named to Perfect Game’s third team, while Wilson was tabbed a first team selection by NCBWA.

Wilson was named to ABCA’s All-Region First Team, while Bailey and Edwards earned second team honors. Wilson is up for consideration for ABCA/Rawlings’ Division I All-America Team, which will be announced June 15.

Patrick Bailey | So. | C | Greensboro, N.C.

Bailey has been the Wolfpack’s primary backstop with 60 starts on the season. He compiled a .288 clip with 68 hits, 17 doubles, 10 homers and a .513 slugging percentage. Defensively, he committed just five errors in 476 chances for a .989 fielding percentage and has thrown out 33 percent of base runners attempting to swipe a bag.

This is the second-straight season Bailey has been named an all-region selection. 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.

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

For Edwards, these are the first All-America and all-region nods of his career. He was an All-ACC Third Team selection and taken in the fourth round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins.

Edwards was one of two players in the nation this year to have started every game for his team and not commit an error, joining Cincinnati’s Jeremy Johnston. He also held a 35-game reached base safely streak and reached in 57 of a possible 61.

He led the team with 60 runs batted in, 51 walks and a .455 on-base percentage, and finished second in batting average (.330), runs scored (59), hits (76), doubles (17), home runs (14), total bases (139) and slugging percentage (.604). Additionally, he ranks among the top 15 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in all 10 offensive categories.

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

For Wilson, these are his third and fourth All-America honors of the 2019 season as he was recently named to Collegiate Baseball’s second team and Baseball America’s first team. Additionally, this is the first all-region mention of his career.

Last week, Wilson was drafted as the No. 15 overall pick to the Los Angeles Angels, becoming the first Wolfpack player to go in the first round since the duo of Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner in 2014.

In addition to his national success, Wilson was recently was named one of five finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award (given to the nation’s best shortstop) and collected ACC Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-ACC honors last month.

This season he led the team with a .335 batting average, 20 doubles, 16 home runs and a .661 slugging percentage, and those numbers rank top 15 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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