The North Carolina baseball team will have to adjust to some major departures, as Dylan Harris, Aaron Sabato and Gianluca Dalatri have signed MLB contracts within the past week.
Harris, Sabato and Dalatri signed contracts with the Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals, respectively. These decisions came a few months after student-athletes in spring sports were granted an extra year of eligibility after the NCAA canceled all remaining competition in March.
This trio of Tar Heels chose to forgo the extra season and begin competing at the next level.
Harris was an undrafted acquisition by the Orioles, signing as a free agent after the shortened five-round MLB Draft. Harris had an impressive start to the 2020 season prior to its shutdown. In 19 games for the Tar Heels, Harris was batting .274 with five home runs and was second on the team with three stolen bases. The senior outfielder, who arrived to UNC in 2019 after attending Walters State, will look to further develop his abilities on a professional level.
Sabato is arriving with the Twins organization after being selected as the 27th overall pick in the first round. In his career at UNC, the first baseman had a batting average of .332 and was a key member of the Tar Heels batting order. He recorded 98 hits, 81 RBIs, 67 runs and 25 home runs in 83 games as a Tar Heel, including seven home runs in the 19 games North Carolina played this season. Sabato was selected as an All-American in both of his seasons at UNC, once on the first team and once on the second team.