Four Tar Heel players and recruits were expected to be chosen in the first round of the MLB draft this evening. All went in the top 15.
First baseman Dustin Ackley was picked No. 2 overall by the Seattle Mariners, and high school centerfielder Donovan Tate — who has committed to play football for the Tar Heels, and would also play baseball — was chosen No. 3 overall by the San Diego Padres. The Detroit Tigers took a UNC baseball recruit, right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner — at No. 9.
Finally, right-handed pitcher Alex White was chosen 15th by the Indians.
Ackley, whose .410 career batting average is the best in UNC history, is batting .412 for the season and holds school records for hits (338), runs score (225) and total bases (535). He has 39 career home runs, 22 this season.
Ackley is projected to be an outfielder at the next level.
White is 8-4 this season and 27-14 in his three years at Carolina.
The Tar Heels will play in their fourth consecutive College World Series, beginning this weekend.