Eight ACC Baseball Players Tabbed in First Round of MLB Draft

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Eleven Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes were selected on the first day of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The ACC’s eight first round selection were twice as many as from any other conference. 

Louisville OF Corey Ray (5th overall, Milwaukee Brewers), Miami C Zack Collins (10th, Chicago White Sox), Virginia C Matt Thaiss (16th, Los Angeles Angels), Boston College RHP Justin Dunn (19th, New York Mets), Pitt RHP T.J. Zeuch (21st, Toronto Blue Jays), Wake Forest 3B Will Craig (22nd, Pittsburgh Pirates), Louisville RHP Zack Burdi (26th, Chicago White Sox) and Louisville C Will Smith (32nd, Los Angeles Dodgers) all heard their names called in the first round on Monday night.  

Clemson C Chris Okey (43rd, Cincinnati Reds) was the first ACC player to be selected in the second round, followed by Louisville 2B Nick Solak (62nd, New York Yankees) and Virginia RHP Connor Jones (70th, St. Louis Cardinals).

With eight first round picks, it extends a streak with at least one ACC player selected in the first round to 25 straight years.

The MLB First-Year Player Draft opened Thursday with 77 picks. The second day will be held on Friday with rounds three through 10 beginning at 1 p.m., followed by rounds 11-40 on Saturday beginning at noon. Coverage will be streamed live on MLB.com.