The most talented high school seniors in the world of baseball are faced with an often difficult decision — should they start playing professional baseball right away, or should they attend college first.
“Why would you pick the University of North Carolina?” UNC coach Mike Fox said. “My response to that would be — why wouldn’t you?”
Of the four Tar Heel recruits selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, three of them turned down the big show for Tar Heel blue. Outfielder Skye Bolt, shortstop Landon Lassiter and catcher Korey Dunbar head a class of 17 newcomers to the North Carolina baseball team.
Matt Smoral, a left-handed pitcher, had selected UNC as his college choice before the Blue Jays selected him with the 50th overall pick. The other Tar Heel recruits didn’t go quite as high in the 40-round draft.
North Davidson’s Lassiter was the next UNC recruit selected in the draft as the Diamondbacks picked him the in 16th round. Lassiter played for the same high school and coach as former UNC standout Levi Michael.