After having four players selected on the second day of the 2021 MLB Draft, NC State had four more players selected on the third and final day. Those players:
- OF Jonny Butler - 14th Round (Pick #428) - Oakland A’s
- OF Terrell Tatum - 16th (#485) - Chicago White Sox
- C Luca Tresh - 17th (#499) - Kansas City Royals
- RHP Reid Johnston - 19th (#576) - Cleveland Indians
The eight total selections tie NC State for the fourth most among all college baseball programs in this year’s draft.
Three incoming players were also selected today:
- SS Payton Green (Green Hope HS) - 15th Round (Pick #436) - Boston Red Sox
- SS Josh Hood (Univ. of Pennsylvania) - 20th (#586) - Boston Red Sox
- OF Trendon Craig (Louisburg College) - 20th (#587) - Baltimore Orioles
High School commitment SS Khalil Watson (Wake Forest HS) was selected in the 1st round (16th overall) of the draft and will almost certainly sign a pro contract as his slot value is $3.75M. The three incoming players drafted today will all likely make it to campus barring a sizeable contract offer from their respective teams as all will have multiple years of eligibility to increase their draft stock while maintaining negotiating leverage for future drafts.
As for current NC State players drafted today, Tresh is the only one likely to return as he was only a sophomore this year and will still have draft leverage next year. Plus, 2021 was the first year as a full-time catcher at the college level for the guy who at times was talked about as a 1st round pick this year, so he still has a lot of upward mobility for next year’s draft.
Notably, Devonte Brown was not selected. The junior right fielder slashed .252/.363/.500 with 11 2B and 13 HR this year while flashing impressive defensive ability. The Wolfpack will be much better with his return in 2022 as he figures to slot into the middle of the batting order.
Incoming freshman Tommy White also went undrafted despite being ranked by MLB.com as the #107 prospect in this year’s draft. White is a power bat who projects as a corner infielder at the collegiate level and is an early favorite to replace Austin Murr at 1B next year.