The MLB Draft resumed Monday afternoon with rounds two through 10, and not surprisingly, several NC State players came off the board. While Jose Torres was the highest-ranked State prospect going into this draft, it was centerfielder Tyler McDonough who came off the board first, going to the Boston Red Sox at pick No. 75 overall.
Interestingly, McDonough was announced as a second baseman. If he can make the transition to the infield smoothly while maintaining the power he showed this season, he could end up being a valuable player down the road. He’s got the athleticism to do it.
Not long after McDonough went, the Cincinnati Reds took Jose Torres at No. 89 overall. Next up was relief ace Evan Justice who went in the fifth round to the Colorado Rockies, at pick No. 140. Justice probably made himself a good bit of money with the way he pitched down the stretch.
Austin Murr was the fourth and final NC State player drafted, going to the Detroit Tigers in the sixth round at No. 165 overall. The Tigers intend to shift Murr to the outfield.
Notably missing from this group of draftees is Luca Tresh, who is ranked at the No. 101 prospect by MLB.com. Jonny Butler, Reid Johnston, Terrell Tatum, and Devonte Brown are also still waiting to hear their names called.
The draft concludes with rounds 11-20 on Tuesday, beginning at noon ET.