NC State baseball had seven players selected on the final day of the 2017 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft. The Wolfpack’s Evan Mendoza, Josh McLain, Andy Cosgrove, Tommy DeJuneas, Brock Deatherage, Cody Beckman and Tim Naughton were chosen in the annual event.
Joe Dunand was selected in the second round on the first day of the draft to bring NC State’s total draft picks to eight, the most since 2008 when nine Wolfpack players were drafted.
Now in his 21st season as head coach of the Pack, Elliott Avent has had 100 players selected in the MLB Draft under his guidance.
Mendoza was the first NC State player to hear his name called, as he was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 11th round with the 334th overall pick. The Sarasota, Fla., native was one of just two players on the squad to start all 61 games and he did so at third base.
He hit .262 as a junior with 41 doubles, 35 RBI, 12 doubles and five homers. As a sophomore, Mendoza led the team with a .362 batting average and was a 2016 All-ACC Second Team Selection.
The Los Angeles Dodgers selected McLain a few rounds later with the 430th pick in the 14th round. He started 60 games in center field as a junior and turned in a .311 average at the plate to tally the second best clip on the team.
A native of Hiddenite, N.C., McLain led the Wolfpack with 76 hits, which ranked among the top 20 of the Atlantic Coast Conference. He also hit for power with a career-best six home runs in 2017. McLain was 11-for-13 on stolen base attempts and tallied 144 putouts with three assists and only one error defensively.
Cosgrove was excellent behind the plate for NC State this season and was tabbed by the Minnesota Twins with the 496th overall pick in the 17th round. He worked his way into the starting lineup and finished the year with 41 starts in 46 games.
Hailing from Kirkland, Wash., Cosgrove transferred to the Wolfpack from Santa Barbara City College. He hit .284 with 40 hits, 25 runs scored, 18 RBI, 11 doubles and four home runs. Cosgrove was great defensively receiving pitches and blocking pitches, in addition to throwing out 10 base runners.
DeJuneas was the first NC State pitcher selected in the 2017 draft, as he was chosen by the Cleveland Indians in the 26th round with pick 792. He finished his junior season with a 4-0 record to go along with a 4.22 earned run average (ERA).
The Charlotte, N.C., native pitched 32 innings on the year making a pair of starts on the mound. He struck out 27 batters, highlighted by six strikeouts in three innings of no-hit relief against Indiana in the NCAA Regional.
Deatherage was scooped up by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 29th round with the 868th overall pick. He started 60 of the squad’s 61 games this season and scored 33 runs. The junior was 8-for-11 on stolen base attempts and led Wolfpack outfielders with five assists.
As a sophomore, the Burlington, N.C., native hit .317 and also smacked six homers.
The second NC State pitcher to be selected was Beckman, who was taken by Milwaukee Brewers with the 894th overall pick in the 30th round. He started on the mound opening weekend and made 17 appearances on the year.
Hailing from Tampa, Fla., Beckman threw 26 innings and struck out 23 batters to go along with a 4.85 ERA.
Naughton was the final NC State player chosen, as the hard throwing right-handed pitcher was selected by Baltimore Orioles in the 34th round with the 1,028 pick. He made 11 appearances as a redshirt sophomore and only allowed four earned runs.
A native of Goldsboro, N.C., Naughton struck out 13 batters in 12 innings pitched to compile a 3.00 ERA.