Seven ECU Pirates selected in the 2019 MLB Draft

Published: Jun. 7, 2019 at 9:52 PM EDT
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The ECU trio of Jake Agnos, Spencer Brickhouse and Bryant Packard were all selected on the second day of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Agnos and Packard's picks marked the first time in program history that two players were Top 5 round selections in the same year in program history.

Agnos was a fourth round pick (135 overall) by the New York Yankees and was followed by Bryant Packard (fifth round, 142 by the Detroit Tigers) and Spencer Brickhouse (seventh round, 212 by the Arizona Diamondbacks).

Agnos, a First-Team All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball, owns an 11-2 overall record with a 2.02 ERA in 16 starts. The lefty has fanned an ECU and American Athletic Conference record 140 batters while walking just 42 in 98.0 innings. He has combined on five shutouts and has allowed 25 runs (22 earned) in 98.0 innings and set a modern day school record with 32.2 consecutive scoreless innings that ended on a wild pitch in the AAC Championships against Houston. The 2019 AAC Pitcher-of-the-Year has recorded double-digit strikeouts in five contests fanning a career-high 14 against UConn in a personal-best 8.2 innings on April 18. He was named to the Golden Spike Watch List and a semifinalist for the College Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher-of-the-Year Award.

Brickhouse, a two-time all-conference performer, ranks fourth on the team with a .335 batting average (67-for-200) with 13 home runs and 55 RBI to rank second on the team. He is tied with Alec Burleson in multi-RBI games (16) and Packard in runs scored (56), while standing fourth in multi-hit RBI contests (18). Brickhouse has drawn 44 walks, slugged .620 and owns a .468 on-base percentage to lead the Pirates.

Packard, a two-time unanimous First-Team All-AAC selection, is batting a team second-best .363 (77-for-212) with seven home runs and 40 RBI. During the Greenville Regional he hit at a .500 clip (10-for-20) driving in five runs with a home run and scored six times. He currently stands second on the team in doubles (19) and multi-hit games (24), while ranking fourth in multi-RBI contests (nine). Packard, who set the ECU and AAC record a year ago with his 32-game hitting streak and was a named to a program-best All-America Teams, has registered at least one hit in 41 of 54 games played and scored at least one run in 35 contests.

ECU (47-16) will be back in action on Friday, June 7 when it travels to Louisville (46-16) for a Super Regional match-up between a pair of national seeds with the winner heading to Men's College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

A quartet of Pirates in Trey Benton, Turner Brown, Evan Voliva and Jake Washer were selected in the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. With the four selections, it marks the first time in program history the Pirates had seven players taken in one draft.

Benton, a 15th round selection by the Cleveland Indians, has appeared in 13 games making three starts where he owns a 4-0 record with a 4.01 ERA. The junior right-hander had 29 strikeouts to just nine walks in 24.2 innings before suffering an injury that has sidelined him for the rest of the season. He has allowed 12 runs (11 earned) on 29 hits and earned wins against Duke, Radford, UConn and UNCW.

Voliva, an 18th pick by the New York Yankees, has appeared in a team-high 31 games out of the bullpen where he sports a 5-4 record with four saves and a 3.44 ERA. The senior sign has fanned 47 batters while walking 14 in 34.0 innings and has allowed just 13 runs on 23 hits. He picked up wins against Campbell, Houston, Radford, UCF and Utah and notched saves versus Cincinnati, Monmouth, UCF and UConn.

Brown was selected in the 19th round by the Colorado Rockies after batting .300 (67-for-223) and earning Second-Team All-AAC honors as a senior. He has stated all 63 games at shortstop where he has three home runs, 33 RBI and has scored 39 runs. The Whiteville, N.C. native tied an ECU single-game record with a pair of triples against Marist (March 20) and has tallied 17 multi-hit and seven multi-RBI games. Brown drove in the would-be game-winning run in the Greenville Regional Championship Game on an RBI fielder's choice in the second inning helping the Pirates reach their fifth Super Regional in program history.

Washer, a 29th round selection by the Chicago Cubs, has been on fire of late hitting seven home runs in eight postseason games on his way to earning Greenville Regional Most Outstanding Player honors. He batted .412 with four home runs and nine RBI during the regional and became the first Pirate since Ryan Jones (2003) to hit homers in three consecutive at-bats. The First-Team All-AAC selection is hitting at a .310 clip and leads the club with 17 home runs and has driven in a personal-best 55 runs.

The quartet of players join Jake Agnos (fourth round, New York Yankees), Bryant Packard (fifth round, Detroit Tigers) and Spencer Brickhouse (seventh round, Arizona Diamondbacks) as 2019 MLB Draft selections.

ECU (47-16) will be back in action on Friday, June 7 when it travels to Louisville (46-16) for a Super Regional match-up between a pair of national seeds with the winner heading to Men's College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

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