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Summer Ball Dispatches: Adam Pate

Carolina baseball players leave Chapel Hill and spread out across the country to play in summer leagues. Throughout this summer, the Tar Heels will keep fans updated on their adventures though the Summer Ball Dispatches series. Rising junior Adam Pate, who hit leadoff and had two hits last night, checks in from the Cape. (GoHeels.com)

UNC pitcher Trent Thornton said he has deal with Astros

UNC right-handed pitcher Trent Thornton told FOX 26 Sports he reached a contract agreement with the Astros on Thursday. Thornton was taken by the Astros in the fifth round (139 overall) of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday. He said the deal is pending successful completion of his physical, which he said will take place Saturday in Florida. (My FOX Houston)

Mets ace Matt Harvey all too human

Maybe change isn't possible right now for a man who missed so much time due to Tommy John surgery. Matt Harvey said he wouldn't use his surgery "as an excuse," and that his body and right arm feel great, but the lack of late life -- or lack of late anything -- on his high-90s fastball tells a more convincing tale than his words. "I'm just all over the place," he said. (ESPN.com)

Yankees closer Andrew Miller (forearm) headed to Disabled List

New York Yankees closer Andrew Miller is heading to the disabled list with a strained forearm muscle. Miller had an MRI which revealed a strained flexor muscle in his forearm. He will not pick up a baseball and will be re-evaluated in a couple of days, according to the YES Network. Dellin Betances will assume the closer's role while Miller is out of action. (CBS Sports)

One swing from Kyle Seager gets Mariners rolling to big 9-3 victory in Cleveland

Entering Wednesday, the Mariners hadn’t scored more than three runs in a game since May 27, a span of 13 games. It’s a team-record streak of offensive futility, and the longest in the American League since 1972. Wednesday night, in the third inning of a scoreless game at Progressive Field, Kyle Seager ended all that with a single swing of his bat. Seager’s grand slam off Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer jump-started the Mariners offense. (Seattle Times)

Getting drafted by favorite team worth the wait for Trevor Kelley

After nearly 30 rounds over three agonizing days of waiting, Trevor Kelley finally ran out of patience Wednesday afternoon. So he turned off his computer, stopped following the Major League Draft and retreated to the solitude of his room. Eventually his girlfriend Jamie Jarrell walked through the door, opened the closet and put on one of his Boston Red Sox t-shirts. (Wilmington Star News)

The Seager's Family Tradition

In 2012, 5.61 million kids between the ages of 6 and 18 played baseball in the United States. Approximately 6,224 of these athletes will play at the professional level, a percentage of only 0.111. Despite the overwhelming odds, all three of Jeff and Jody Seager's kids - Kyle, Justin and Corey - have ascended the ranks into professional baseball. (USA Baseball)

Korey Dunbar Leads Carolina Picks On Final Day Of MLB Draft

Korey Dunbar, Landon Lassiter and Trevor Kelley were selected on the final day of the 2015 MLB Draft Wednesday. Dunbar was a 20th-round pick of the Miami Marlins, while Lassiter went one round later to the Chicago White Sox and Kelley was taken in the 36th round by the Boston Red Sox. Dunbar had his best year as a Tar Heel in 2015, batting .288 with six homers and a team-best 16 doubles. (GoHeels.com)

Matt Harvey not looking past this year, even if Mets brass is

It’s still about this year for Matt Harvey. While Mets decision-makers recently told The Post’s Kevin Kernan they are focusing on 2016 to make a real splash, Harvey said on Tuesday he isn’t even thinking about next year, nor are his teammates. (New York Post)

No official deal yet, but Hovis committed to pursuing professional dream with Marlins

When he was drafted Tuesday, Reilly Hovis became the first-ever Forestview product to be drafted but due to his elbow injury, surgery and ongoing rehabilitation, he’s not expected to throw until August and is hopeful he’ll be ready for spring training 2016. Miami’s Class A teams include Batavia, Greensboro and Jupiter, with the Marlins’ Class AA affiliate in Jupiter and its Class AAA affiliate in New Orleans. (Gaston Gazette)

Cody Stubbs tearing it up after injury

Former Tuscola and North Carolina baseball standout Cody Stubbs has bounced back from a broken hand in a big way. Stubbs is batting .500 through his first 10 games for the Wilmington (Del.) Blue Rocks of the Carolina League. The first baseman suffered the injury back in March during spring training. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Four Tar Heels Selected On Day Two Of MLB Draft

North Carolina's Skye Bolt, Trent Thornton, Benton Moss and Reilly Hovis were selected on day two of the 2015 MLB Draft Tuesday. Bolt was taken in the fourth round by Oakland, Thornton in the fifth round by Houston, Moss in the sixth round by Tampa Bay and Hovis in the ninth round by Miami. This year marks the sixth time since 2000 that at least four Tar Heels were selected in the first 10 rounds of the draft. (GoHeels.com)

Astros release former first round pitcher Alex White

The Houston Astros released former first-round pick Alex White, who was with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, on Monday, according to the Fresno Bee. White was a highly-regarded prospect but injuries have impacted his career. He has a career ERA of 6.03 ERA across 149 1/3 major league innings. (CBS Sports)

Andrew Miller And A Lesson In Patience

Let's start with Miller, originally the more heralded of the two and the guy making more money right now. The Tigers drafted him sixth overall in '06, ahead of Clayton Kershaw (seventh overall), Tim Lincecum (10th) and Max Scherzer (11th). He was a stud coming out of North Carolina, the frontrunner to go No. 1 at the start of that spring and Baseball America's College Player of the Year at the end of it. (Sports on Earth)

UNC wary of losing signees to MLB draft

When the 2015 MLB draft begins tonight at 7 p.m., UNC baseball coach Mike Fox starts another wait-and-see cycle as his would-be players are picked up by Major League teams and offered paychecks in exchange for their college eligibility. This year, Fox is bringing in 19 players in his 2015-16 recruiting class, including four of Baseball America’s Top 75 prospects. (Durham Herald-Sun)

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