The last few years have been chock-full of heartbreak and disappointment in the postseason for the NC State baseball team.
The Durham Bulls, the triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, stand at 36-26 midway through the minor league season. The Bulls are first place in their division, the International League South, right ahead of the other triple-A team in North Carolina, the Charlotte Knights. The Knights are the triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
Following a statement 3-1 win over the USL Championship Eastern Conference leaders, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, on Saturday night, NCFC finds itself sitting at fifth in the standings and only three points away from second place after 14 games.
NC State sent seven athletes to the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas, and almost half came back with All-America honors. Junior sprinter Cravont Charleston, senior distance runner Nell Crosby and redshirt freshman distance runner Ian Shanklin all made second-team All-American honors with top-15 finishes in their respective events.
Day three of the MLB draft occurs on a real-time conference call and ranges from rounds 11-40. With hundreds of picks being made, there were quite a few NC State players and NC State signees taken.
Evan Edwards, first baseman, fourth round (111th overall) to the Miami Marlins
While Wilson’s collegiate career came to an abrupt end, he has to be happy being taken with the 15th overall pick in the 2019 MLB draft.
While the NC State baseball season has ended, some of the players still have an important date coming up: the MLB draft from June 3-5. Junior shortstop Will Wilson will be the first Pack player off the board late in the first round.
With the MLB season one-third of the way done already and more NC State players likely to join the ranks of the Wolfpack alumni in the MLB and its minor leagues, let’s take a look at the former Pack players currently playing in MLB systems.