Incoming Baseball Class Finalized

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Baseball's pro signing deadline on Monday night was highlighted by first-rounder Levi Michael inking with the Twins and only two Tar Heel signees opting for contracts over college.

Junior shortstop Levi Michael agreed to terms with the Minnesota Twins, beginning his professional career after three years at North Carolina. Michael was the 30th overall selection in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft and was the sixth Tar Heel taken in the first round since 2006.

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Michael finished his career hitting .306 with 183 runs scored, 159 RBI and 81 extra-base hits (43-2B, 11-3B, 27-HR). The Welcome, N.C., native also drew 119 walks in his career to rank sixth in school history.

Michael joins Matt Harvey (2010 - 7th overall, New York Mets), Dustin Ackley (2009 - 2nd overall, Seattle Mariners), Alex White (2009 - 15th overall, Cleveland Indians), Andrew Miller (2006 - 6th overall, Detroit Tigers) and Daniel Bard (2006 - 28th overall, Boston Red Sox) as Tar Heels drafted in the first round since 2006. The six selections are more than any other school in country.

A trio of seniors inked deals at the end of the College World Series as eight round pick Greg Holt signed with the Washington Nationals, 24th round selection Jesse Wierzbicki signed with the Houston Astros and 25th round pick Patrick Johnson joined the Colorado Rockies.

Junior catcher Jacob Stallings who was selected in the 42nd round by the Cincinnati Reds did not sign Monday and will enter his senior campaign in 2012.

Five drafted incoming freshmen elected not to sign professional contracts as well and will be joining Stallings in Chapel Hill for the 2012 season.

With Cody Stubbs (Washington Nationals, 14th round), Josh Ake (New York Mets, 29th round), Chris McCue (New York Yankees, 35th round), Adam Griffin (Cleveland Indians, 44th round) and Zac LaNeve (Florida Marlins, 44th round) not signing Carolina will welcome in 17 newcomers this fall.

Signees Bryan Brickhouse (Kansas City Royals, third round) and Dillon Maples (Chicago Cubs, 14th round) signed professional contracts and will not attend North Carolina.

2011 Incoming Freshman Class
Josh Ake INF 5-11, 175 Flemington (N.J.) Hunterdon Central
Grayson Atwood 3B/OF 6-4, 205 Mt. Pleasant (N.C.) HS
George Carter LHP/1B 6-3, 200 Greensboro (N.C.) N. Guilford
Adam Griffin RHP/OF 6-1, 190 Lewisville (N.C.) Forsyth Country Day
Peter Hendel LHP/1B 6-2, 175 Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson
Trevor Kelly RHP 6-2, 180 Wilmington (N.C.) Ashley
Zac LaNeve INF 6-1, 175 Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland
Shell McCain INF 5-9, 165 Fort Mill (S.C.) Nation Ford
Chris McCue RHP 6-0, 160 Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell
Mason McCullough RHP 6-3, 210 Shelby (N.C.) Crest
Bradley Morton OF 6-2, 175 Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mt. Tabor
Benton Moss RHP 6-2, 175 Rocky Mount (N.C.) HS
Chris O'Brien LHP 6-0, 185 Drexel Hill (Pa.) Malvern Prep
Luis Paula RHP/INF 6-3, 170 Mcleansville (N.C.) NE Guilford
Michael Russell INF/OF 6-2, 195 Huntersville (N.C.) Hopewell
Cody Stubbs 1B/OF 6-4, 225 Waynesville (N.C.) Tuscola/Tenn./Walters State
Mike Zolk INF 5-10, 180 Philadelphia (Pa.) Neumann Goretti

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