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Pitching strong as UNC seeks to bounce back

The strength of this year’s UNC baseball squad is undoubtedly on the mound. The Tar Heels return their entire weekend staff in Benton Moss, Zac Gallen and Trent Thornton, and they return Chris McCue, a promising closer who missed the entire season from surgery for a blood clot in his shoulder. The Tar Heels also brought in six freshmen pitchers. (Durham Herald-Sun)

2015 UNC Baseball Season Preview

Carolina enters this season with a veteran team poised to potentially make a run all the way to the College World Series. While a national title or even a trip to Omaha would be both optimistic and above expectations, a trip to the Super Regionals is realistic a the goal. The strength of this team is its pitching staff and the goal for the Heels should be to win a lot of 3-1 and 4-3 type games this year. (Tar Heel Blog)

Matt Harvey: My Gap Year

Everyone, starting with my surgeon, reminded me that Tommy John (surgery) has a high success rate. Countless pitchers have bounced back stronger than before. But that didn’t mean it wasn’t a big setback. I had never had an injury. Never missed a game. It was going to be the first time in my adult life that I wasn’t able to throw a baseball for four straight months. (The Players' Tribune)

Chase Jones: It can be done

The most important lesson Chase Jones (BSBA ’11) learned as an undergraduate at UNC Kenan-Flagler was a simple one: It can be done. He credits this lesson – learned in Jim Kitchen’s entrepreneurship class – with giving him the confidence needed to found Vs. Cancer, his non-profit venture. (UNC.edu)

Countdown to First Pitch: Mike Fox

With Friday’s UNC baseball season opener against Seton Hall just days away, head coach Mike Fox closes out our Countdown to First Pitch preview series with his thoughts on the young but talented Tar Heel team that will take the field this year. For a man that has made six trips to the College World Series since 2006, watching at home last season was definitely out of the ordinary for Coach Fox. (Chapelboro.com)

Matt Harvey Arrives in Mets Camp 10 Days Early

Beneath a benign blue sky that beckons frozen snowbirds to Florida was an even more tantalizing sight on the scoreboard at Tradition Field, where the Mets train each spring: a large picture of Matt Harvey in full windup. Sitting in the third base dugout after an hourlong morning workout of infield drills, Harvey cocked his head and squinted at the large image of himself. (New York Times)

Tar Heel Baseball Set For Eighteen TV Games

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the broadcast coverage Thursday for its Olympic sports for the upcoming spring season, and North Carolina baseball will be featured 18 times across ESPNU, ESPN3 and RSN. In addition to Carolina's 18 appearances on the ACC package, another 26 home games will be streamed live on GoHeelsTV. (GoHeels.com)

Carolina Announces 2015 Baseball Promotional Schedule

The 2015 Carolina Baseball promotional schedule features fan-friendly special events, new concessions deals, your favorite giveaway items and interactive kids’ activities at Boshamer Stadium. The 38-game home schedule begins with the home-opener against Seton Hall on Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. and includes visits from No. 4 UCLA, Duke, No. 15 Miami, NC State and No. 2 Virginia. (GoHeels.com)

Matt Harvey's spring arrival this week spurs Mets' optimism

The buzz around the Mets is likely to soar this week: Matt Harvey, the hard-throwing right-hander who missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, is expected to arrive at spring training, bringing all of his considerable star power and swagger with him. There’s already a palpable feeling of excitement among the Mets in town. (New York Daily News)

Video: UNC Baseball Media Day Recap

With opening day just a week away, the North Carolina baseball team answered questions from the media on February 6th, 2015. View Video...

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)

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