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UNC in MLB: 2016 Draft recap

Day 1 No Tar Heels were drafted in the first or second round. These are obviously your blue chippers and good players who teams can have cheap. That’s another weird thing about the MLB draft, the rookie pool. Regardless with the Heels having a down season, the lack of day one picks shouldn’t be surprising.

Pittsburgh Pirates call up catcher Jacob Stallings

The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted catcher Jacob Stallings from Class AAA Indianapolis before Sunday’s game, adding insurance at the position with Chris Stewart dealing with various injuries. Stallings was hitting .199/.242/.340 in 153 plate appearances with Indianapolis. Jason Rogers was optioned back to Indy to make room. The 40-man roster is now full.

Jacob Stallings catching on as backstop prospect

Jacob Stallings, who was drafted out of North Carolina with the Pirates' seventh-round pick in 2012, hasn't been a key contributor for Triple-A Indianapolis at the plate this season. He entered Friday hitting .200 with four home runs and just six walks to 35 strikeouts. But behind the plate, where Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor asked him to produce, Stallings has.

One so-so Matt Harvey start no cause for Mets to panic

The good news is Matt Harvey didn't say anything about feeling lost. He lost a game, but he didn't look defeated. Although he gave up four runs in six innings and lost a game to the Atlanta Braves, what happened to Harvey on Friday night shouldn't be of any lasting concern to the New York Mets.

Reilly Hovis sheds nerves, pitches gem in pro debut

Reilly Hovis made his professional debut on Friday night after a year-long hiatus and his elbow on his mind. Despite the nervousness, Hovis got off to a strong start in the New York-Penn League season opener. He fanned the first batter of the game and faced the minimum through five innings, totaling two strikeouts without issuing a walk.

Tyler Ramirez, Zach Rice sign pro contracts

Tyler Ramirez and Zach Rice signed pro contracts this week after being selected in last week's MLB draft. Ramirez, who played the last three seasons at UNC, signed with the Oakland Athletics after being drafted in the seventh round last week. Rice, at one time a teammate of Ramirez's at UNC, was picked by the Atlanta Braves in the three-day MLB draft.

Yankees' Andrew Miller addresses trade rumors

Yankees reliever Andrew Miller was on the phone Thursday morning with a financial advisor when a question other than investing money was thrown his way. The guy wanted to know if the recent rumors about Miller possibly being moved before baseball's July 31 trade deadline are true. "I certainly hear the whispers," the star left-hander said.

J.B. Bukauskas Named To ABCA All-Region Team

North Carolina sophomore right-handed pitcher J.B. Bukauskas was named to the ABCA/Rawlings Atlantic All-Region First Team, the organization announced Wednesday. Bukauskas is the first Tar Heel to earn first-team all-region honors since Kent Emanuel and Colin Moran were first-team selections in 2013.

Yankees have new Mariano Rivera in Andrew Miller

Amazing as it may seem, the Yankees have a new Rivera in their bullpen, but no, he’s not their closer. Aroldis Chapman has been superb since returning from his suspension and taking over the ninth inning, but let’s face it, he’s no Andrew Miller. In fact, nobody in baseball is.

MLB Draft Closes with Six Tar Heels Chosen

The three-day, 40-round MLB Draft finally came to an end Saturday evening with three more Tar Heels finding out their next destinations. Junior relievers Zach Rice and Spencer Trayner–as well as sophomore infielder Ryder Ryan–joined teammates Zac Gallen, Tyler Ramirez and A.J. Bogucki in receiving the opportunity to enter the professional ranks.

Rebounding Matt Harvey is now on a dominant roll for the Mets

Since halting his early season free fall, there has been no regression for Matt Harvey. The Mets right-hander continued to put his initial struggles in the rear view mirror and delivered his third straight dominant outing Friday, allowing one run on two hits over six innings in a 2-1 victory in 11 innings over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Zac Gallen Leads Trio Of Draft Picks Friday

Juniors Zac Gallen, Tyler Ramirez and A.J. Bogucki were selected on day two of the 2016 MLB Draft Friday. Gallen was taken in the third round by St. Louis, Ramirez was a seventh-round selection by Oakland and Bogucki was an eighth-round pick by Washington. This year marks the seventh time since 2000 that at least three Tar Heels were selected in the first 10 rounds.

UNC, ACC baseball talents get MLB Draft call Friday

The St. Louis Cardinals and Oakland A’s each selected a player from UNC and NC State. UNC junior pitcher Zac Gallen and NC State junior catcher Andrew Knizner were taken by St. Louis while UNC junior outfielder Tyler Ramirez and NC State senior pitcher Will Gillbert went to Oakland. UNC junior righty A.J. Bogucki was taken in the eighth round by the Nationals.

Andrew Miller's slider keeps opponents on their heels

The arms and legs unfold like a beach chair on a windy day, a holy mess of moving parts and jagged edges. That’s Step One in Andrew Miller’s playbook — hiding the ball in his windup. Then there’s the slingshot fastball that touches 98 mph or the Frisbee-like slider that looks like it’s been caught in a wind shear.

Matt Harvey 'out of the woods,' but still with something to prove Friday

After tossing seven scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox two starts ago, New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey said, “This isn't going to really mean anything unless I continue it.” After limiting the Miami Marlins to one run in seven innings in his last start, Harvey said, “It’s still two starts.”

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