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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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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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