CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Junior catcher Jacob Stallings became the fifth Tar Heel to be drafted in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday when he was selected No. 1285 overall in the 42nd round by the Cincinnati Reds.
The Brentwood, Tenn., native owns .285 average on the year with 51 runs scored and 38 RBI but has flashed one of the top arms in the country this season throwing out a single-season record 31 attempted base-stealers. Stallings currently ranks in a tie for third in the country in caught stealings this season.
Stallings joins fellow junior Levi Michael (1st round, Twins) and a trio of seniors in Greg Holt (8th round, Nationals), Jesse Wierzbicki (24th round, Astros) and Patrick Johnson (25th round, Rockies) to be taken in the 2011 MLB Draft.
Several other future Tar Heels were taken on the third and final day of the draft as RHP Chris McCue (35th round, Yankees), RHP Derrick Bleeker (37th round, Nationals), RHP Adam Griffin (44th round, Indians) and SS Zac LaNeve (44th round, Marlins) were all selected Wednesday.