Four from #ACCBase go in first round of Major League Draft #MLBDraft

June 6, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Four Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes were first-round selections in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, which got under way Monday night in New York.

Two-time ACC Pitcher of the Year Danny Hultzen was taken as the second overall pick by the Seattle Mariners. Hultzen joined former North Carolina standout Dustin Ackley (2009) as the second ACC player in three years to be taken by the Mariners as the No. 2 overall pick. Hultzen's overall selection was the highest ever for a Virginia player.

Second-team All-ACC pitcher Jed Bradley of Georgia Tech went to the Milwaukee Brewers as the No. 15 overall selection. First-team selection Sean Gilmartin of Florida State, the current career leader in wins among active ACC pitchers, went to the Atlanta Braves as the No. 28 pick. North Carolina shortstop Levi Michael was the fourth ACC player taken, going 30th overall to the Minnesota Twins.

This marks the 20th consecutive year (1992-2011) that at least one student-athlete from an ACC program has been taken in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. It is the 10th time in the last 11 years that conference has seen multiple players taken in the first round.

Hultzen, a junior from Bethesda. Md., leads the top-ranked Cavaliers into NCAA Super Regional play this week sporting an 11-3 record and an ACC-low 1.59 ERA. A Golden Spikes Award finalist, Hultzen has limited opposing hitters to a collective .189 batting average while ranking second nationally in strikeouts with 148 in 103.1 innings. He has issued only 17 walks.

For his collegiate career, the hard-throwing Hultzen owns a 31-5 record with a 2.18 ERA and ranks seventh all-time among ACC pitchers in strikeouts with 378 in 305.1 innings.

Georgia Tech's Bradley, a left-handed starter from Huntsville, Ala., posted a 7-3 record and 3.49 ERA in 2011 while striking out 106 batters in 98 innings. For his career, Bradley owns an 18-11 record and has struck out 254 batters in 234 innings. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Bradley becomes the second Georgia Tech pitcher in as many years to be selected in the first round, joining former teammate Deck McGuire, who went as the 11th overall pick to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010.

Florida State's Gilmartin, another left-handed standout, owns a 12-1 record this season with a 1.83 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 113.1 innings. Opposing hitters are batting .208 against the Moorpark, Calif., native, who has issued just 20 walks. Gilmartin's 33 career wins heading into the Super Regionals rank fifth among active NCAA Division I pitchers, and he joined Hultzen and Clemson shortstop Brad Miller as first-team All-America selections on the 2011 Louisville Slugger All-America team announced last week by Collegiate Baseball.

North Carolina's Michael goes into the NCAA Super Regional batting .297 with five home runs, 48 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 16 attempts. The Welcome, N.C., native has played multiple positions during his college career while hitting 27 career homers with 159 RBI in three seasons.

A second-team All-ACC selection, Michael sports a .432 career on-base percentage (fifth among active ACC players) and has reached base 61 times this season via walks (47) or being hit by a pitch (14). Michael is tied for the career lead among current ACC players with 11 triples.

The MLB First-Year Player Draft opened Monday night with 33 first-round and 27 compensation-round selections (60 overall picks). Rounds 2 through 50 will take place Tuesday through Wednesday.

At least 50 ACC players have been selected in each of the last five Major League drafts, including a league-record 64 last year.

ACC First-Round Selections in the 2011 MLB Draft
Rd./Overall  Player, School Major League Team
1/2  Danny Hultzen (LHP), Virginia.............. Seattle
1/15  Jed Bradley (LHP), Georgia Tech... Milwaukee
1/28  Sean Gilmartin (LHP), Florida State...... Atlanta
1/30  Levi Michael (SS), North Carolina. Minnesota