Emanuel, Stubbs, And Holberton Drafted On Day Two

CHAPEL HILL – Three more Tar Heels could be heading to the pros, and two of them together.

Juniors Kent Emanuel and Brian Holberton were selected by the Houston Astros while senior Cody Stubbs was chosen by the Kansas City Royals. After the first two rounds of the first-year players draft, four Tar Heels got the call to the big leagues and three of the four are juniors.

Emanuel was the first from Carolina on day two with the first pick in the third round. Stubbs was in the eighth round as the 234th overall pick. Holberton took the 257th pick in the ninth round—a choice that should make Emanuel happy to see a friendly face behind the plate in the bullpen.

It’s been four years since UNC had four players chosen in the draft.


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Colin Moran Chosen No. 6 In MLB Draft

CHAPEL HILL –  UNC junior Colin Moran was selected sixth in the 2013 MLB draft by the Miami Marlins Thursday night.

Less than 24 hours before Carolina’s first of a best-of-three super regional against South Carolina, the third baseman was a hot topic in the pros. According the News and Observer, Moran was rumored to be a possibility for the No. 1 pick by the Houston Astros.

Moran batted in a single-season record in runs with 86 while getting on base nearly 48 percent of the time, which was 23rd in the country. He’s currently third on the team with a .348 batting average, second with 88 hits, and in a commanding lead in walks with 60.

He is the second member of his family to be drafted in the first round. His uncle, B.J. Surhoff was selected No. 1 overall in 1985. His brother, Brian was chosen in the seventh round in 2009. Surhoff and Brian both attended UNC as well.

The National-League-East Marlins are currently last in the MLB at 16-44.