RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State's All-America shortstop Joe Dunand has been selected in the second round of the 2017 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft by the Miami Marlins with the 51st overall pick.
The junior is the first Wolfpack player to be selected in this year's event and was taken by his hometown team. Dunand becomes the 93rd player to be chosen in the draft during Elliott Avent's tenure as head coach at NC State.
Dunand turned in a stellar junior season, as he finished the year with a .287 batting average highlighted by a career-best 18 home runs. The Miami native led the team with 51 RBIs and a .632 slugging percentage. He ended the year with 60 hits, 42 runs scored, 12 doubles and three triples.
He was tabbed a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (CBN) and a second team All-ACC Selection this year.
Dunand is the highest NC State player drafted since Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner were selected in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft.
The 2017 MLB Draft continues on Tuesday and Wednesday, as other Wolfpack players hope to have their names called.