Five MEAC Players Picked Up in MLB Draft

Courtesy: MEAC Media Relations
          Release: 06/14/2017
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Courtesy: MEAC Media Relations

Five players from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) were taken in the late rounds of the 2017 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft on Wednesday, including the reigning conference Player and Pitcher of the Year.

Norfolk State led the conference with two draft picks.

Player School Drafted By Round Drafted
Demetrius Sims Bethune-Cookman Miami Marlins 14th
Noah "Cutter" Dyals North Carolina A&T State Atlanta Braves 17th
Aubrey McCarty Florida A&M Colorado Rockies 26th
Devin Hemmerich Norfolk State Los Angeles Dodgers 26th
Alex Mauricio Norfolk State New York Yankees 27th

Sims was a First Team All-MEAC selection this past season, helping Bethune-Cookman win its 19th MEAC championship and advance to the first NCAA regional final in school and conference history. He was also a MEAC All-Tournament Team selection.

Dyals was named First Team All-MEAC, coming out of the bullpen to help the Aggies finish second in the MEAC Southern Division this past season -- after being picked to finish last in a preseason poll. He was 6-0 this season with seven saves and an 0.50 ERA.

McCarty was named Second Team All-MEAC as a utility player this past season.

Hemmerich is the reigning MEAC Pitcher of the Year and a First Team All-MEAC selection. He was also named to the MEAC All-Tournament Team, and he became Norfolk State's first Div. I All-American, as named by Collegiate Baseball News, after breaking the school record in both career and single-season strikeouts.

Mauricio is the reigning MEAC Player of the Year and a semifinalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year award. He helped the Spartans win their third straight MEAC Northern Division regular-season title and advance to the title round of the MEAC Championship.

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