Among those in attendance for the start of the ACC baseball tournament in Durham today will be a number of scouts from major league teams.
This year’s MLB draft, which will be held June 6-8, is likely to include several ACC players again. The league has emerged as a primary professional pipeline in baseball.
Virginia pitcher Danny Hultzen is a candidate to be picked first overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Georgia Tech pitcher Jed Bradley, North Carolina infielder Levi Michael and N.C. State catcher Pratt Maynard are projected as first-round contenders.
Some day, perhaps, a player in this week’s tournament will crack the team listed below — my all-time ACC performers in the majors.
Not listed, among many others, are Duke’s Dick Groat, “Crash” Davis and “Dirty Al” Spangler; UNC’s Clyde King and George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss and Florida State’s Deion Sanders and Paul Sorrento. None of those guys ever actually played in the ACC.
Otherwise, here’s my team with the player’s final season at the school listed in parenthesis.
1B – Mark Teixeira, Georgia Tech (’01)
2B – Brian Roberts, UNC (’98)
SS – Nomar Garciaparra, Georgia Tech (’94)
3B – Ryan Zimmerman, Virginia (’05)
OF – J.D. Drew, Florida State (’97)
OF – Ron Swoboda, Maryland (’63)
OF – B.J. Surhoff, UNC (’85)
C – Jason Varitek, Georgia Tech (’94)
RHP – Kevin Brown, Georgia Tech (’86)
LHP – Mike Caldwell, N.C. State (’71)