Three More Wolfpack Players Drafted

Eryk McConnell, Caleb Mangum and Ramon Corona were selected during the MLB draft's second day. Mangum will start his professional career in a matter of days, while McConnell and Corona still have the option of returning to NC State.

One day after Andrew Brackman made national headlines as a first-round selection of the New York Yankees, three more NC State players heard their names called in the 2007 MLB Draft.

Juniors Eryk McConnell and Ramon Corona, along with senior Caleb Mangum, were each selected during the draft's second day. McConnell, who served as the Pack's closer, was picked in the 10th round by the Baltimore Orioles. Mangum, who has been the team's starting catcher for the last two seasons, was the 24th round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies. Corona, a three-year starter at shortstop and second base, was selected in the 26th round by the San Francisco Giants.

"I'm just excited to be given an opportunity," Mangum said. "I wasn't expecting much today, I was just expecting to be picked eventually. I'm just glad the Phillies thought I was good enough to play for them – I didn't want this year to be my last of playing baseball."

McConnell got a call from the Orioles before they made the selection, but Mangum found out he was picked by sitting in front of his computer and watching the selections scroll on MLB's official website.

"I was just sitting there with my mom and girlfriend," Mangum said. "My mom saw my name pop-up, and I was like 'well, alright'. Then about five minutes later the area scout from the Phillies called and kind of gave me the gist of what's going on."

Mangum, the only NC State senior picked in the draft, plans on signing his contract tomorrow before heading to Clearwater, Florida for rookie camp. From there, he's probably headed to the Phillies short-season affiliate in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

McConnell and Corona each have to decide if they will return for their senior seasons. McConnell said he isn't 100 percent sure of his decision, but appears ready to sign with the Orioles barring unforeseen circumstances.

"It's just a dream – always something that I wanted to do," McConnell said. "It's something that I've been striving for since I was little. Now that I have a chance I want to take advantage of it and see where it goes from there."

Corona might be more likely to return due to his 26th round selection, as the junior could return next year to improve his draft status.


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