Three Heels Taken On Day Two Of Draft

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Three Tar Heels seniors were drafted in the second day of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday as right-handers Greg Holt and Patrick Johnson along with first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki were selected as rounds 2-30 were completed.

Holt, selected in the eighth round by the Washington Nationals, has appeared in a team-high 30 games out of the bullpen posting a 7-1 record to go along with a 3.09 ERA. The senior right-hander has thrown 55.1 innings on the season allowing a .243 batting average against, while racking up 63 strikeouts so far this year.

Wierzbicki, tabbed in the 24th round by the Houston Astros, ranks third on the squad with a .301 average blasting seven home runs while manning first base. Wierzbicki owns a .493 slugging percentage to go along with 39 RBI and 48 runs scored.

Johnson, picked in the 25th round by the Colorado Rockies, has been one of the top starters in the ACC and the country this season producing a 12-1 record and a 2.36 ERA to go along with 113 strikeouts in 99.1 innings of work. Johnson ranks third in school history in career strikeouts with 299 and his season total of 113 has him in a tie for sixth place, 20 shy of the school record. Johnson will be called upon Friday to make the start in the opening game of the Super Regional against Stanford, where he will put his scoreless inning streak of 23 on the line.

Three Carolina signees were also selected on day two of the 2011 MLB Draft. Right-hander Bryan Brickhouse (The Woodlands, Texas) was taken in the third round by the Kansas City Royals, 1B/OF Cody Stubbs (Waynesville, N.C.) was selected in the 14th round by the Washington Nationals just two spots ahead of right-hander Dillon Maples (Southern Pines, N.C.) who was selected by the Chicago Cubs.

Rounds 31 through 50 will conclude the 2011 MLB Draft on Wednesday


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