Written By Atlantic Coast Conference
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference's run of first-round Major League Baseball Draft selections continued Thursday night, as the Miami Marlins made North Carolina junior third baseman Colin Moran the sixth overall pick. This marks the 22nd consecutive year (1992-2013) that at least one student-athlete from an ACC school has been taken in the opening round.
Moran, a native of Rye, N.Y., enters this weekend's NCAA Super Regional series against South Carolina leading the nation in runs batted in with 86 while batting .348 with 13 home runs. The 2013 ACC Player of the Year and 2011 ACC Freshman of the Year is a .347 career hitter and leads all active ACC players in RBIs (192) and ranks second in career hits (234) despite missing 21 games as a sophomore due to injury.
Moran joins two family members and former UNC players as Major League Baseball Draft selections. His uncle, B.J. Surhoff, was drafted first overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1985 and went on to a 19-year Major League career. His brother, Brian Moran, was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the seventh round in 2009 and now pitches at the Triple-A level.
The MLB First-Year Player Draft opened Thursday night with 33 first-round and six Competitive Balance Round A selections (39 overall picks). Twenty-nine selections were to be made in Round 2, followed by five Competitive Balance Round B picks. Rounds 3 through 40 will take place Friday and Saturday.
Rounds 3-10 will be streamed live on MLB.com on Friday, beginning with a preview show at 12:30 p.m., and Rounds 11-40 will be streamed live on MLB.com on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m.
At least 50 ACC players have been selected in each of the last seven Major League drafts, including a league-record 64 in 2010.