Two area players selected on final day of MLB Draft
Two area baseball players heard their name called during the final day of the MLB Draft, bringing the total to three that were selected over the three-day event.
New Hanover senior Kyle Smith was selected in the 36th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who also took teammate Blake Walston with the No. 26 overall pick during Monday’s first round.Former North Brunswick standout and James Madison redshirt junior Shelton Perkins was picked by the Baltimore Orioles in the 16th round.
Smith, who helped the Wildcats claim a second straight 3A state title, will honor his commitment to North Carolina. He will be eligible to be drafted again in 2022.
The Coastal Preps Hitter of the Year finished his senior season with a .451 average to go along with six doubles, two triples, four home runs, 34 RBI and 31 runs. Smith walked 23 times and only had nine strikeouts.Perkins, who graduated from North Brunswick in 2015, began his career at East Carolina before transferring to James Madison.
This season, the right-handed pitcher went 3-1 with one save in 22 relief appearances. He struck out 72 and walked 16 in 45 2/3 innings. He has until early July to decide whether or not to sign or return for a fifth year.