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MLB Draft: UNC's Hutchinson, four from NC State picked on day two

N.C. State's Brock Deatherage (13) connects on an rbi-single in the seventh inning during the Wolfpack's game against Army in the Raleigh Regional Sunday, June 3, 2018.
N.C. State's Brock Deatherage (13) connects on an rbi-single in the seventh inning during the Wolfpack's game against Army in the Raleigh Regional Sunday, June 3, 2018. ehyman@newsobserver.com

Five North Carolina players were taken in the early rounds of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft on Monday.

Seventy-eight players were selected over the first two rounds and compensation picks and competitive balance rounds.

Duke's Jimmy Herron was the first local player drafted on day two, the first day for third round selections. The draft continues Wednesday (rounds 11-40, noon).

The Detroit Tigers opened the draft by selecting Auburn pitcher Casey Mize as the No. 1 overall pick. The San Francisco Giants took Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart at No. 2, and the Philadelphia Phillies picked Wichita State third baseman Alec Bohm at No. 3.

Here are local players drafted in Monday’s opening rounds.

Jordyn Adams, 17th pick (1st round), Los Angeles Angels: The 6-foot-2, 180-pound outfielder out of Green Hope High in Cary now had a major decision to make, as a four-star wide receiver — and No. 3 player in the state — signed to play college football at North Carolina. On Tuesday, he announced he would sign to play professional baseball.

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Griffin Roberts, 43rd pick (CB-A), St. Louis Cardinals: The 6-foot-3, 215-pound right-handed pitcher known for his breaking ball posted a 3.80 ERA appearing in 61 games over three seasons at Wake Forest. He did not sign after being drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 29th round (856th overall pick) in the 2017 draft. Roberts, who was a walk-on as a freshman, led the ACC with 130 strikeouts this season.

Griffin Conine, 52nd pick (2nd round), Toronto Blue Jays: The 6-foot-1, 200-pound right fielder didn't hurt his stock with three home runs Monday in the NCAA regional finals series against Georgia in Athens, including two in the 8-4 win that punched the Blue Devils’ first ever ticket to the Super Regional round. Conine, known for his driving, left-handed swing, has hit .274 with a .514 slugging percentage and 28 home runs over his three-year career at Duke.

Owen White, 55th pick (2nd round), Texas Rangers: The 6-foot-3, 170-pound right-handed pitcher out of Jesse Carson High (China Grove, N.C.) signed to play college ball at South Carolina but isn’t expected to make it to Columbia. The 18-year-old can manage a mid-90s fastball for several innings, and that’s expected to only improve with time.

Ryan Jeffers, 59th pick (2nd round), Minnesota Twins: Jeffers, a 6-4, 225-pound catcher out of UNC-Wilmington (and Sanderson High), averaged .315 at the plate as a junior. He’s also got a strong arm and projects as a possible first baseman at the next level.

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Duke’s Griffin Conine (9) scores after a walk by Wake Forest pitcher Antonio Melendez to give the Blue Devils’ a 3-2 lead in the 13th inning during the ACC Championship on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C Robert Willett rwillett@newsobserver.com

  • Jimmy Herron, 98th pick (3rd round), Chicago Cubs: The Duke outfielder will need Tommy John surgery on his arm, but had a strong showing in the Cape Cod League, batting .338 with 10 doubles and four home runs in 42 games with the Orleans Firebirds.

  • Dwanya Williams-Sutton, 141st pick (5th round), San Diego Padres: Injuries have hampered Williams-Sutton throughout his career at ECU - thumb injury in 2017, wrist injury this year - but teams like the pop the 6-2, 215 pound right fielder has in his bat.
  • Justin Jarvis, 155th pick (5th round), Milwaukee Brewers: The right handed pitcher from Lake Norman High School committed to UNC-Wilmington, but has a fastball that has been in the low 90s all spring.
  • Andrew Moritz, 172nd pick (6th round), Atlanta Braves: A pure hitter with two Southern Conference batting titles under his belt. Won that honor as a freshman and sophomore. At the end of the regular season, the UNC-Greensboro center fielder ranked second in the NCAA, batting .421.
  • Austin

    Warren

    , 181st pick (6th round), Los Angeles Angels: Relief pitcher out of UNC-Wilmington went 8-0 this season for the Seahawks.

  • Rodney Hutchison, 187th pick (6th round), New York Yankees: Went 3-3 with 20 appearances for UNC this season. Has good size (6-5, 225). Fourth year junior could return to Chapel Hill for one more season.
  • Brett Kinneman, 204th pick (7th round), Pittsburgh Pirates: The N.C. State out fielder was a successful pitcher coming out of high school, but was inserted into the outfield right away from the time he arrived in Raleigh. His speed and arm make him a solid prospect.
  • Andrew Wantz, 211th pick (7th round), Los Angeles Angels: The right-handed pitcher out of UNC-Greensboro (and Holly Springs High) tallied 19 saves over his career with the Spartans, tying the school record. He finished four years with 278 strikeouts and a 3.80 ERA.

  • Ryan Conroy, 235th pick (8th round), Baltimore Orioles: The 6-3 right-handed pitcher went 4-3 with a 3.29 ERA in his third season at Elon, striking out 67 against 32 walks over 79.1 innings.

  • Alex Royalty, 253rd pick (8th round), Cleveland Indians: Made 17 starts for UNC-Wilmington in 2018. Was a first-team All-CAA Tournament selection.
  • Brian Brown, 280th pick (9th round), Boston Red Sox: Just the second N.C. State player to be named ACC Pitcher of the Year, Brown posted a 2.74 ERA his senior season with the Wolfpack. He is a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award.

  • Josh McLain, 284th pick (9th round), Los Angeles Dodgers: McLain hit .344/.375/.458 as a senior for N.C. State in 2018. Was drafted by the Dodgers last season but did not sign with the team.
  • Brock Deatherage, 285th pick (10th round), Detriot Tigers: Batted .307 with N.C. State last season with 41 RBIs and 14 home runs.
  • Clark Cota, 293rd pick (10th round), Oakland A's: UNC-Wilmington right-hander has a fastball in the 88-92 mph range, and can touch 95.
  • Josh Maciejewski, 307th pick (10th round), New York Yankees: The 6-3 left-handed pitcher out of UNC-Chartlotte (Panther Creek High) posted 104 strikeouts and allowed 31 runs over 104 innings pitched his senior season with the 49ers. Also posted a college career low 2.25 ERA as a senior.

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