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Colin Moran embraces opportunity to compete for starting job with Pirates

Josh Bell got a glimpse of Pirates new third baseman Colin Moran, and he made a positive first impression. “From what I've seen last couple days hitting, it's really fine-tuned. He knows what he's doing,” Bell said of Moran's swing. The Pirates are banking on Moran, a nephew of B.J. Surhoff, to provide pop to their batting order and stability at the hot corner. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Josh Hiatt Named to NCBWA Stopper Of The Year Watch List

North Carolina's Josh Hiatt was named to the initial Watch List for the 14th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I Baseball, the association announced Monday. Hiatt joins Florida's Michael Byrne, Oregon's Kenyon Yovan as three NCBWA finalists from a year ago. (GoHeels.com)

Gianluca Dalatri Named To Golden Spikes Award Watch List

North Carolina sophomore pitcher Gianluca Dalatri has earned a spot on the watch list for the 2018 Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced Friday. During his freshman campaign, the right-handed pitcher went 7-3 with a 3.34 ERA and was named a consensus freshman All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1 Baseball and Perfect Game (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Picked As Coastal Favorites In ACC Baseball Poll

Florida State has been selected as the 2018 ACC baseball preseason favorite in a vote of the league's 14 head coaches, while North Carolina was tabbed as the favorite in the Coastal Division. The Seminoles were picked as the team to beat in the conference. The Tar Heels picked up three votes and Wake Forest received one vote for overall conference champion. (GoHeels.com)

Josh Hiatt Named NCBWA Preseason All-American

UNC sophomore Josh Hiatt was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association pre-season All-America first team on Monday. Hiatt returns for his second season in Chapel Hill after an electrifying freshman season. The right-handed reliever finished the 2017 season with a 1.90 ERA with 13 saves and a record of 4-2 in 52 innings pitched. (GoHeels.com)

Audio: UNC Infielder Zack Gahagan Talks 2018 Season

Diamond Heels infielder Zack Gahagan talks about leadership, his life, and 2018 North Carolina Baseball on 97.9 The Hill. In 2017, Gahagan hit .243 with seven home runs, nine doubles and 42 RBI. He also scored 45 runs and drew 33 walks. Gahagan had 12 multi-hit games and was drafted in the 39th round by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2017 MLB Draft. (Chapelboro.com)

Audio: UNC Infielder Kyle Datres Discusses 2018 Baseball Season

North Carolina junior third-baseman Kyle Datres discusses the upcoming 2018 Tar Heels baseball season with 97.9 The Hill WCHL. Datres started all 63 games at third base during his sophomore season, hitting .265 with seven home runs, 13 doubles and 51 RBI. Datres also scored 48 runs and drew 29 walks. (Chapelboro.com)

Daniel Bard, ex-Boston Red Sox RHP, joins Diamondbacks as player mentor

The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired former Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard to serve as a player mentor, one of four newly-created positions in the organization. Bard retired earlier this offseason after several comeback attempts. The 32 year-old posted a 1.93 ERA for the Red Sox in 73 outings during 2010, then recorded a 3.33 ERA in 70 relief outings during 2011. (Mass Live)

Audio: Tar Heels Catcher Cody Roberts discusses upcoming Junior Season

North Carolina catcher Cody Roberts discusses his life and the Tar Heels' upcoming 2018 baseball season. This segment was aired on Friday, January 26th at 7:00 on 97.9 The Hill’s Diamond Heel Preview Show No. 2. (Chapelboro.com)

Audio: UNC Associate Head Coach Scott Forbes Discusses 2018 Carolina Baseball

North Carolina baseball Associate Head Coach Scott Forbes talks about his life and Tar Heels baseball. This segment aired on Friday, January 26th at 7:30 on 97.9 The Hill’s Diamond Heel Preview Show. (Chapelboro.com)

First Person: To My Brothers in Arms (and Bats)

By Dave Kirk, member of the 1978 College World Series Tar Heels: Not sure when it hit me over this reunion weekend. Maybe it was when Blaine Smith asked me what I remembered most about that '78 season. My answer? Those moments following our regional win against Memphis State when I realized that our dream ride would last a couple weeks longer. (GoHeels.com)

Carolina Insider Podcast: 1967-69 Reunion, NCSU Recap & More

Go inside the reunion of the 1967-69 Carolina basketball teams, recap the hoops loss to North Carolina State and more in the latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast. Join hosts Jones Angell of the Tar Heel Sports Network and Adam Lucas of GoHeels.com as they also touch on the baseball program's First Pitch Dinner and recall a great Dean Smith story. (GoHeels.com)

Colin Moran eyes big league opportunity with Pirates

For Colin Moran, this trade was nothing like the first one. When Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow dialed Moran's number on Jan. 18 to tell him he'd been dealt to Pittsburgh, the player who answered bore little resemblance to the one Houston had pried away from the Marlins in 2014. The Moran the Astros acquired more than three years ago came with hype. (MiLB.com)

A Family Gathering For UNC Baseball

They gathered Saturday night, to celebrate the start of UNC's baseball season. Over 500 current and former players, coaches, staff, fans and donors met inside the George Watts Hill Alumni Center for UNC's annual First Pitch Dinner. Among those in the crowd were members of the 1978 and 2008 College World Series (CWS) teams. That included coach Mike Fox. (GoHeels.com)

Astros' J.B. Bukauskas Hits Top-100 on MLB Pipeline

Former UNC pitcher J.B. Bukauskas is ranked 76th overall on MLB Pipeline's top-100 prospects. Bukauskas, the Astros' sixth-ranked prospect, was selected in the first round (15th overall) of the 2017 draft. There's thought among the talent-evaluation community that Bukauskas will eventually become a reliever, but at this point, the Astros are high on him as a starter. (CBS Sports)

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