Devine Headed To Atlanta; Upton Selected #1

NC State reliever Joey Devine was selected in the first round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves and Wolfpack signee Justin Upton was the the #1 overall pick in the draft.

NC State reliever Joey Devine was selected in the first round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves.

The Braves chose Devine with the 27th pick in the first round, the 27th overall selection.

Devine was terrific this year for the Wolfpack. He finished the season with a 2.03 ERA and a 5-3 record while also recording a league-best 12 saves. He pitched 48.2 innings and totaled 72 strikeouts while yielding just 10 walks.

Devine was named first-team All-ACC for the third year in a row, making him the sixth NC State player ever to earn first-team honors three times, and the first reliever in conference history to make first-team all-conference three times.

Devine has a chance to contribute right away for Atlanta as he's considered one of the premier closers in the college game.


Wolfpack signee Justin Upton was selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2005 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Upton, a shortstop from Chesapeake, Va., had long been considered the top prospect in the draft and it was a foregone conclusion that he would never play for the Wolfpack. However, it was a major coup when NC State signed the baseball star last November.

Among high schoolers, Baseball America ranked Upton as the best athlete, best five-tool player, best pure hitter, fastest baserunner, best defensive player and closest to the Majors. Baseball talent runs in the Upton family as his brother, B.J., also a shortstop, was selected by the Devil Rays with the second overall pick in the 2002 draft and is with their Triple-A Durham affiliate.

Upton becomes the fifth shortstop ever taken with the No. 1 overall pick, joining Matt Bush (Padres '04), Alex Rodriguez (Mariners '93), Chipper Jones (Braves '90) and Shawon Dunston (Cubs '82). contributed to this report

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