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Area players, graduates selected in MLB Draft

Matt Tenuta, a left-handed pitcher from Apex who led the Triangle in strikeouts this season, didn’t wait a day longer to sign with the Kansas City Royals after they selected him in the 25th round (763rd overall) Wednesday in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.

By signing with Kansas City, Tenuta forgoes his college eligibility – he was signed to N.C. State – and should report to the minor leagues within the coming weeks.

Four former area players and two current ones were selected in this past week’s 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.

Apex grad Chris Diaz, a junior shortstop at N.C. State, was the first to be selected as the Pittsburgh Pirates picked him in the 11th round (346th overall) Wednesday. Diaz was a second-team all-American this year for the Wolfpack.

Despite not playing college baseball until this year, Green Hope graduate Chris Perry was the next area player to go as the St. Louis Cardinals selected him in the 17th round (540th) Wednesday. Perry played this past season for Methodist University in Fayetteville after two years spent as a student at UNC-Wilmington.

Former Fuquay-Varina standout Kevin Brandt, a senior left-handed pitcher at East Carolina, went to the Tampa Bay Rays in the 18th round (572nd)

Cardinal Gibbons senior Max Schrock, who led the Triangle in home runs, went to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 28th round (873rd). Schrock, a shortstop, was projected by many publications as a top-10-round pick, but the senior plans on playing his next three years with the University of South Carolina.

Apex grad Corey Thompson, a senior third baseman at East Carolina, was taken by the Chicago White Sox in the 31st round (951st).

Rodon a finalist: Holly Springs graduate Carlos Rodon’s freshman year of college keeps getting better.

Rodon, a left-handed pitcher for N.C. State, is one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, announced Tuesday by USA Baseball. The Golden Spikes trophy is given to the nation’s top collegiate player. Rodon is the first finalist in Wolfpack history.

The former N.C. high school player of the year already took ACC Pitcher and Freshman of the Year honors, and was named a first-team all-American.

Rodon joins Florida catcher Mike Zunino and Stanford pitcher Mark Appel as the other Golden Spikes Award finalists.

Mustangs ranked in nation: A state championship can go a long way in the eyes of those who do national rankings. After ending its season with the 4A title, Middle Creek’s baseball team was ranked No. 40 nationally by ESPN.