Four ACC Players Taken in First Round of Major League Baseball Draft #MLBdraft

June 7, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes were first-round selections in the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, which got under way Monday night in New York.

North Carolina junior pitcher Matt Harvey (seventh overall, New York Mets) Georgia Tech junior pitcher Deck McGuire (11th overall, Toronto Blue Jays), Miami junior catcher Yasmani Grandal (12th overall, Cincinnati Reds) and Clemson junior outfielder Kyle Parker (26th overall, Colorado Rockies) all heard their names called in the early going.

This marks the 19th consecutive year (1992-2010) that at least one student-athlete from the ACC has been taken in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. It is the ninth time in the last 10 years that conference has seen multiple players taken in the first round.

North Carolina’s Harvey posted an 8-3 record with an ERA of 3.09 this season. The right-hander from Mystic, Conn., stuck out 102 batters in 96 innings.

For his three-year college career, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Harvey owned a 22-7 record with 263 strikeouts in 238.2 innings pitched. This is the second straight year that a North Carolina pitcher has been taken in the first round of the draft, and four Tar Heel pitchers have been first-round selections since 2006.

Georgia Tech’s McGuire was the ACC Pitcher of the Year as junior in 2009, when he posted an 11-2 record with a 3.50 ERA. This season saw the Richmond, Va., junior put up more solid numbers with a 9-4 record, an ERA of 2.96 and 118 strikeouts in 112.2 innings.

The 6-foot-6, 218-pound McGuire sports a career record of 28-7 with a 3.27 ERA and has struck out 306 batters in 291 innings while walking just 106.

The 2010 ACC Player of the Year, Miami’s Grandal entered Monday night’s NCAA Regional game against Texas A&M batting an ACC-best .412 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI.

A finalist for the Johnny Bench Award which goes annually to the nation’s top college catcher, Grandal has seen 38 of his 87 hits this season go for extra bases and sports a slugging percentage of .730. With a .994 fielding percentage, his defensive skills are also rated highly by major league scouts.

Grandal is the seventh Hurricane to be drafted in the first round in the last six years and the first Miami catcher to be selected in the first round since Charles Johnson was selected by the Florida Marlins with the 28th overall pick in the 1992 draft.

A two-sport star at Clemson, Parker started at quarterback for the Tigers in the fall and entered Monday night’s NCAA Baseball Regional game at Auburn batting .358. Parker hit his 20th home run of the season earlier this evening.

A two-time first-team All-ACC selection, the Jacksonville, Fla., native has hit 46 home runs in three years as a college player while driving in 163 runs. Earlier this season, Parker became the first student-athlete at the NCAA Division I level to throw 20 touchdown passes and hit 15 home runs in the same academic year (and now has 20 of each as of Monday night). Parker is also the first ACC athlete to play on a Division champion in football and baseball in the same year.

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

Of the 32 first-round picks on Monday night, 15 were from college programs, and four of those were from ACC schools.

At least 50 ACC players have been selected in each of the last four Major League drafts, including 56 last season and a record 63 in 2007.