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Countdown to First Pitch: Skye Bolt

UNC junior outfielder Skye Bolt has all the tools to be a top draft pick, making use of his time on campus to leave Major League scouts in awe. This edition of our Countdown to First Pitch preview takes a look inside the mind of the Tar Heels’ most spectacular everyday player. Anytime the Tar Heel baseball team has needed a strike of lightning over the past two seasons, Skye Bolt has usually delivered. (Chapelboro.com)

Skye Bolt Earns Preseason Honor From Baseball America

Florida State outfielder D.J. Stewart moves up from a Baseball America preseason third-teamer in 2014 to the first team in 2015. North Carolina outfielder Skye Bolt, a second-teamer last preseason, was voted onto the third team for 2015. Stewart and Bolt are two of five players from the Atlantic Coast Conference voted onto the preseason first team. (GoHeels.com)

Pitcher Daniel Bard praises Rangers’ patience with him as he aims to make Cubs roster

Right-hander Daniel Bard, once a dominating reliever with Boston, will try again this spring to accomplish what he could not do with the Texas Rangers last year. Bard, 29, will attend spring training with the Chicago Cubs on a minor-league contract, in hopes of reviving his career. (Dallas Morning News)

Trade to Astros doesn’t change Colin Moran’s status as a top prospect

Colin Moran is from the Metro New York area but carries a laid-back, calm demeanor that some scouts would call “low-motor.” He doesn’t have the perpetual high-energy pace that someone such as George Springer does. What matters, though, is how Moran acts when the ball is in play, and there’s a reason he was given a $3,516,500 signing bonus. (Houston Chronicle)

College Baseball Preview Capsules: #17 North Carolina

Last season was never going to be easy for North Carolina. After a trip to Omaha, the draft sliced UNC’s lineup in half and pilfered two-thirds of its weekend rotation. Still, head coach Mike Fox managed to navigate his young Tar Heels to a regional. And with the overwhelming majority of that group back this year, UNC will surely take a step forward this season...right? (Baseball America)

Kyle Seager Named On All-Underrated Team

On the current list, Mariners fans will be happy – albeit somewhat surprised perhaps – to find a familiar face: Third baseman Kyle Seager. Seager may be underrated by the rest of the league, but for Mariners fans and the Mariners organization in general, it’s hard to find the All-Star, Gold Glove third baseman to be underrated. (Sodo Mojo)

Countdown to First Pitch: Benton Moss

After turning down an offer to play for the defending world champions, senior starting pitcher Benton Moss is back in Chapel Hill for a final run at college glory. Our Countdown to First Pitch preview continues with an inside look at UNC baseball’s most fascinating player. Selected in the 15th round by the San Francisco Giants during last June’s MLB Draft, you can’t blame Moss for feeling a little slighted. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Baseball has the Chemistry for Success

It’s just a hunch that North Carolina junior infielder Alex Raburn has. Junior pitcher Reilly Hovis feels it, too. Things just seem different: the chemistry is stronger, the friendships are better, the idea seems possible. This team, the 2015 UNC baseball team, feels comfortable. It feels right. It feels like the 2013 squad that made it to the College World Series for the sixth time in an eight-year span. (Inside Carolina)

Preseason Baseball Rankings Roundup

With the start of the 2015 college baseball season just weeks away, a number of national publications have released their preseason rankings, and North Carolina is featured prominently. The Tar Heels, who made their 13th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance in 2014, get started on Feb. 13 for the first of a three-game series against Seton Hall at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill. (GoHeels.com)

Mariners OF Dustin Ackley remains on course with ankle rehab

Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley visited an ankle specialist in the offseason, but was told to stay on the same offseason recovery program, reports the Tacoma News Tribune. "My plan is to play the hell out of him in spring training," said McClendon on getting Ackley over his slow starts, per 710 AM ESPN Radio in Seattle. "Either he'll get tired or I will." (CBS Sports)

UNC Baseball Picked To Finish Second In Coastal Division

Virginia has been selected as the 2015 ACC baseball preseason favorite in a vote of the league’s 14 head coaches. The Cavaliers were named by 10 coaches as the team to beat for the second straight year, while Florida State received four first place votes. The Cavaliers are followed in the Coastal Division by North Carolina, Miami, Georgia Tech, Duke, Virginia Tech, and Pitt. (GoHeels.com)

Baseball Top 25 Breakdown: No. 6 North Carolina

The Tar Heels were forced to give some young players significant playing time last season. Though that led to some headaches at times, that should pay dividends in 2015. The Tar Heels have a veteran pitching staff with Trent Thornton and Benton Moss spearheading the rotation, while getting a healthy Chris McCue combined with Reilly Hovis in the bullpen gives UNC a terrific tandem at the end of games. (D1 Baseball)

Countdown to First Pitch: Trent Thornton

Over the past two seasons for UNC baseball, Trent Thornton has spent his time clearly establishing himself as the ace of the pitching staff. With the 2015 opener set for Feb. 13 against Seton Hall, the junior right-hander gives us an inside look into his life both on and off the diamond as we get you prepared for another run at the College World Series with our Countdown to First Pitch preview series. (Chapelboro.com)

Cubs sign Daniel Bard to minor-league deal

The Cubs are giving Daniel Bard another chance to revive a career that once looked so promising. Cubs VP Jason McLeod confirmed Bard has signed a minor-league deal and will go to spring training trying to find what had made him an elite setup guy with the Boston Red Sox. “There’s a lot of history there,” McLeod said Sunday. “We’ve been with him through a lot.” (CSN Chicago)

Offseason Work Pays Dividends For UNC Baseball

In addition to intrasquad scrimmages and the annual Fall World Series, the fall semester is a time for Carolina to improve both on and off the field. Head coach Mike Fox and his staff work on creative ways to keep the team engaged in skill development and conditioning while still focusing on the rigors of the academic calendar as well as the sometimes delicate matter of clubhouse chemistry. (GoHeels.com)

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