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Baseball commit Rob Kaminsky selected in first round of MLB Draft

Rob Kaminsky got exactly what he wanted. And, despite a few hours of tension, he didn’t seem surprised. The St. Louis Cardinals made the St. Joseph left-hander from Englewood Cliffs the first Bergen County player taken directly out of high school in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft, tabbing him with the 28th pick Thursday night. (NorthJersey.com)

Fuquay-Varina's Brett Daniels commits to UNC Baseball

Three days removed from a 4-A state championship appearance, Fuquay-Varina pitcher Brett Daniels committed to playing baseball at the University of North Carolina on Tuesday. Daniels, a rising senior, had a historic 2012-2013 season for the Bengals. On the mound, Daniels was 12-1 in starts, breaking the Fuquay-Varina single-season record for wins. At the plate, Daniels was one of the Bengals' most deadly hitters this past season. Batting .432, he recorded 43 hits, 23 runs and 4 home runs. He also had 47 RBIs, breaking Fuquay-Varina's single-season RBI record. (High School OT)

Baseball commit Rob Kaminsky named Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year

Rob Kaminsky received his first major honor of the season Tuesday when the St. Joseph ace was named the Gatorade New Jersey baseball Player of the Year for the second straight season. Kaminsky, who is expected to be a first round pick in next week’s MLB draft, has been by far the most dominant pitcher in the state this spring. (NorthJersey.com)

UNC Commit Jack Flaherty Displays Upside At USA Baseball National High School Invitational

An excellent athlete, Flaherty jumps out physically with a 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame with broad shoulders, lean limbs and a tapered waist. He has exhibited outstanding body control this week. At a practice on Monday at North Carolina, he spun and bare-handed an errant toss at third base. Late in his outing today—as a righthander he falls off to the first-base side of the mound—an opposing batter hit a ball hard back up the middle, behind Flaherty. (Baseball America)

2014 pitcher Cameron Varga verbally commits to North Carolina

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy junior pitcher Cameron Varga has verbally committed to the University of North Carolina, according to CHCA baseball coach Larry Redwine. “North Carolina it is,” said Redwine. “Great campus, excellent academics, excellent conference, outstanding program coached by a staff with a comparable worldview. “…He’s a special kid in lots of ways.” (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Future Diamond Heel: Joe Dudek

Dudek is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound first baseman from Wall Township, N.J. The left-handed senior for Lincroft (N.J.) Christian Brothers Academy is ranked the No. 117 prospect nationally and the No. 6 first baseman by Perfect Game. Dudek plays for the Indiana Prospects during the summer. (Inside Carolina)

New Jersey prep baseball player Joe Gatto commits to Diamond Heels

“It was a big family decision for me,” said Gatto, a 17-year-old Hammonton resident. “I felt North Carolina was a good fit for me.” Gatto said his final choice came down to UNC and LSU. “I loved both schools, but UNC had a better feel for me,” Gatto said. “I love (UNC). It has a different feel to it. It actually felt at home for me the first time I went there.” (Press of Atlantic City)

Future Diamond Heel: Tanner Bigham

Tanner Bigham is a 6-foot, 185-pound infielder for Concord (N.C.) Northwest Cabarrus High School. The senior is ranked in the top-500 nationally and No. 12 in North Carolina in the class of 2013 according to Perfect Game. Bigham plays for the Dirtbags travel team during the summer and fall. During the fall of his sophomore season Bigham participated in a futures game in Chapel Hill, and soon thereafter the Tar Heels got in contact with him. (Inside Carolina)

Future Diamond Heel: Trent Wynn

Trent Wynn is a 6-foot-2, 175-pound right-handed pitcher for New Bern (N.C.) High School. Perfect Game ranks the senior among the top-500 prospects in the class of 2013 as well as the No. 20 prospect in North Carolina. Wynn plays for the Dirtbags travel team during the summer and fall. North Carolina first saw Wynn pitch at a tournament held at N.C. State the summer following his sophomore season. (Inside Carolina)

UNC Baseball Announces Signing Class For 2014

The UNC baseball program continued its strong showing on the recruiting trail by signing 14 of the nation's top prep baseball student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Mike Fox announced Thursday. Included in this class are three of the nation's top 100 prospects according to Baseball America and six of the top 200 prospects according to Perfect Game. The 14 student-athletes will enroll at UNC in August 2013 and will take the field for the Tar Heels in the 2014 season. (GoHeels.com)

Pitcher Zach Rice headed to UNC

Nansemond River High School pitcher Zach Rice will play college baseball as a member of the Tar Heels after signing a commitment on Monday to suit up next year for the University of North Carolina. “It was always one of my favorites,” Rice said of UNC. North Carolina coaches were impressed with Rice’s junior year, when he was 7-3 on the mound with a 2.46 earned run average and threw 69 strikeouts in 68 innings. (Suffolk News Herald)

Baseball America Ranks UNC Newcomers No. 5

Baseball America released its Top 25 recruiting classes Thursday and ranked the North Carolina newcomers fifth in the country. The Tar Heels bring in the third-most Baseball America Top 500 players for the 2013 season with Skye Bolt (214), Korey Dunbar (258), Taylore Cherry (280) and Kayden Porter (449) all earning the honor prior to the 2012 MLB Draft. Carolina's four Top 500 players rank tied for third behind No. 1 Vanderbilt (6) and No. 2 UCLA (5). (GoHeels.com)

Future Diamond Heel: Colby Barnette

Colby Barnette is a 6-foot-0, 185-pound third baseman and outfielder for Monroe (N.C.) Piedmont High School. According to Perfect Game, the senior ranks 497th nationally and 13th in North Carolina among class of 2013 prospects. During the fall and summer, Barnette plays for the South Charlotte Panthers travel squad. Recruitment: The first time the North Carolina coaching staff saw Barnette was actually by accident. (Inside Carolina)

Pitcher Zac Gallen commits to his "dream school", UNC

Zac Gallen has always wanted to be a Tar Heel. “North Carolina has always been my dream school,” the Gibbsboro resident said. “My dad has always been a big fan, so I guess it just ran through the bloodlines.” Late Monday, the Bishop Eustace Prep baseball standout made that dream a reality when he gave a verbal commitment to attend the ACC school on a partial scholarship. A senior shortstop/pitcher at the high school level, Gallen will concentrate on pitching at UNC. (Cherry Hill Courier Post)

Future Diamond Heel: Zach Rice

Zach Rice is a 6-foot-4, 185-pound pitcher at Suffolk (Va.) Nansemond River High School. The senior is ranked among top-1000 high school prospects in the class of 2013 by Perfect Game. Rice plays for the Evoshield Canes travel squad during the summer and fall. Less than sixth months after formally being introduced to North Carolina, Rice committed to Mike Fox's program in May. (Inside Carolina)

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