Cardinal Gibbons senior Max Schrock, who led the Triangle area in home runs this past season, was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 28th round (873rd) in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday.
Schrock, a shortstop, was projected by many publications as a top-10 round pick, but the senior said he plans on playing his next three years with the University of South Carolina.
Wakefield shortstop Vance Vizcaino, a Tennessee recruit who was named Cap Eight 4A Player of the Year, was drafted by the New York Mets in the 31st round (950th).
One pick later (31st round, 951st) Apex’s Corey Thompson, a senior third baseman at East Carolina, was taken by the Chicago White Sox.
N.C. State recruit Matt Tenuta, a left-handed pitcher from Apex who led the Triangle in strikeouts this season, has already signed with the Kansas City Royals, who selected him in the 25th round (763rd overall). Tenuta’s father, Jon, is the linebackers coach at N.C. State, and when he turned down a job with Illinois this offseason, he said in a statement that watching his son play college baseball was the reason why.
By signing with Kansas City, Matt Tenuta forgoes his college eligibility and should report to the minor leagues within the coming weeks.
Clayton right-handed pitcher Evan Phillips, a UNC-Wilmington signee, was drafted in the 33rd round (1,003rd) by Kansas City.
In total, four former area players and four current ones were selected in the draft.
Apex graduate 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) Tuesday. 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 to go as the St. Louis Cardinals selected him in the 17th round (540th).