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2017 ACC Baseball Preview

Preseason ACC Pitcher of the Year: J.B. Bukauskas rhp, North Carolina - An electric junior righthander with a mid-90s fastball and a devastating slider, Bukauskas should be one of the first pitchers off the board in the MLB Draft come June. Top 25 Teams: Florida State (2), Louisville (7), Clemson (10), N.C. State (14), Virginia (16), North Carolina (17), Georgia Tech (21) (Baseball America)

Baseball America Names UNC Pitcher J.B. Bukauskas Preseason All-American

One of the most respected media outlets in amateur baseball, Baseball America, released its Preseason All-American team on Monday. UNC starting pitcher J.B. Bukauskas was chosen as a First Team selection, headlining the strong arms on the roster. Bukauskas has developed into one of the top MLB prospects in America thanks to an overpowering fastball. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Baseball to Host South Carolina at Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark

After last season’s mid-season showdown between UNC and South Carolina drew over 10,000 fans to the brand new BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, the decision has been made to do it all over again in 2017..UNC won last year’s game in a 15-0 blowout, which should have South Carolina that much more motivated for the rematch. (Chapelboro.com)

College Baseball Preseason Top 25: No. 17 North Carolina

With his players itching to get back to the NCAA tournament after falling just short of a regional berth the last two seasons, North Carolina baseball coach Mike Fox said the fall “was a blast.” The Tar Heels brought in the country’s No. 2 recruiting class, and that influx of talent intensified practices and has created healthy competition. (Baseball America)

Tar Heels Picked As Coastal Favorites In ACC Baseball Poll

Florida State has been selected as the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference baseball preseason favorite in a vote of the league’s 14 head coaches, while North Carolina was picked as the favorite in the Coastal Division. Six coaches picked North Carolina to win the Coastal Division, while Virginia (4), Miami (3), and Georgia Tech (1) also had first place votes. (GoHeels.com)

Andrew Miller Discusses His Memorable 2016 Ride With Yankees, Indians

Andrew Miller says he missed New York and his former teammates after the Yankees traded him away in July, but he’s certainly not complaining about the situation in which he landed. The left-handed relief pitcher was dealt to the Cleveland Indians, who came within a hair of winning the world championship, falling to the Cubs in extra innings of a classic World Series Game 7. (WFAN)

Diamond Heels crack Top 25 in Baseball America

On Monday Baseball America released its first college baseball rankings of the 2017 season, ranking the top 25 teams. The Tar Heels managed to crack the Top 25 despite not being ranked in the final 2016 rankings. North Carolina came in at number 17 and was one of 7 Atlantic Coast Conference teams ranked in the initial poll. (Keeping It Heel)

Podcast: UNC Baseball Coach Mike Fox

One of only six men to play in and then coach his alma mater in the College World Series, Mike Fox has led UNC to 15 postseason trips, including an incredible run of six CWS appearances in eight years from 2006-13. Fox also has either played or coached in all 17 of UNC’s victories in the CWS. A total of 83 Tar Heels over the past 18 years have been drafted. (College Baseball Now)

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, returning from injury, throwing off a mound

Matt Harvey was filmed pitching indoors yesterday, and the video was shared courtesy of @MetsCiti on Twitter. The video, which we’ve embedded below, is accompanied by the caption “Smooth as silk” to describe Harvey’s effortlessly-looking delivery. We 100% agree there. (Rising Apple)

Cleveland's Most Interesting People 2017: Andrew Miller

Acquired in a July 2016 trade, the lanky left-handed reliever possesses a nasty slider and mid-90 mph fastball that left all manner of professional baseball hitters looking silly during the Cleveland Indians’ run to the World Series. The former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ace was on another level in the American League Championship Series. (Cleveland Magazine)

What can the Mets expect from Matt Harvey?

The setting in Port St. Lucie will be anything but laid back on the day Matt Harvey takes the mound. The Mets are awaiting the verdict on just how far the Dark Knight has progressed in the six months since surgery to correct symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. To say the organization is curious barely covers it. (NorthJersey.com)

UNC Baseball Coach Mike Fox Named to North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame

The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame is honored to announce its 2017 induction class. The eight new members are Glenn Bass, Dwight Durante, Mike Fox, Chasity Melvin, Ben Sutton, Caulton Tudor, Steve Vacendak, and Stephanie Wheeler. They will be enshrined during the 54th annual induction banquet on the Friday, May 5 at the Raleigh Convention Center. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Debut At No. 9 In D1Baseball Poll

North Carolina will open the 2017 college baseball season ranked No. 9 nationally by D1Baseball.com, the website announced in its preseason poll Tuesday. Carolina is one of an NCAA-best seven ACC clubs in the top 25 as the Tar Heels are joined by No. 3 Florida State, No. 6 NC State, No. 12 Louisville, No. 15 Clemson, No. 17 Virginia and No. 21 Miami. (GoHeels.com)

Mets avoid any Matt Harvey contract drama

Good vibes all around for Dark Knight & Co. Mets starters are looking forward to a healthy 2017. They are off to a good start with their bank accounts as well. The Mets came to terms Friday with their two big arbitration-eligible starters, Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom. (New York Post)

Chris Iannetta to join Diamondbacks' catching mix

The Diamondbacks agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.5 million deal with veteran Chris Iannetta on Friday, giving them the three-headed catching scenario they’d been contemplating since they non-tendered Welington Castillo in December. Iannetta, who turns 34 in April, brings a combination of power and on-base skills with solid pitch-framing ability (Arizona Republic)

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