A down year didn’t prevent Colin Peluse from being a second-day pick in baseball’s amateur draft.
Peluse, a Wake Forest junior, was picked in the ninth round by the Oakland Athletics. As the 284th overall pick, the recommended signing bonus for the right-handed pitcher is $149,300 — and Peluse is expected to sign and forego his senior season with the Deacons.
Peluse saw his record go from 6-2 as a sophomore to 3-8 this season as the Deacons’ Friday-night starter, and his ERA jumped nearly two runs, from 3.87 to 5.74.
“I think with Colin it was the move from Sunday to Friday is different, it’s not that he was a different guy, I think he really — I think Colin really got caught in between on making some delivery changes that he needed to make to stay healthy,” Coach Tom Walter said of Peluse last week. “I think those delivery changes led to some inconsistencies. He would get into big moments and he would kinda default to what he was doing.
“I think these are changes that are going to really help his pro career.”
Peluse is the only player from Wake Forest who’s been picked, through 10 rounds. It marks the 26th straight season that a Wake Forest player has been drafted. Juniors Morgan McSweeney and Patrick Frick are expected to be selected, and sophomore outfielder Chris Lanzilli could also be picked. Rounds 11-40 will be completed today, with picks starting at noon.
The rest of rounds 3-10 were littered with college products from North Carolina. Three players from Super-Regional-bound East Carolina were picked — left-handed pitcher Jake Agnos (fourth round to the Yankees), outfielder Bryant Packard (fifth to the Tigers) and first baseman Spencer Brickhouse (seventh to the Diamondbacks).
Two Duke pitchers were taken, as the Rays drafted lefty Graeme Stinson in the fourth round and the Twins drafted Ben Gross in the 10th round.
Elon had two right-handed pitchers taken within a span of six picks — first Kyle Brnovich went 241st to the Angels and then Ty Adcock went 246th to the Mariners, both in the eighth round.
Campbell’s Matthew Barefoot was a sixth-round pick of the Astros and right-handed pitcher Tyson Messer was a ninth-round pick of the White Sox.
N.C. State’s Evan Edwards, a first baseman, was a fourth-round pick of the Marlins. North Carolina’s Austin Bergner, a right-hander, was a ninth-round pick of the Tigers, and UNC Greensboro’s Chad Sykes, another righty, was a 10th-round pick of the Angels.
Only one high school player from North Carolina was picked Tuesday, Davidjohn Herz of Fayetteville Sanford. He’s a left-handed pitcher who was the eighth-round pick of the Cubs, and he joins Blake Walston of New Hanover (the Diamondbacks’ first-round pick) as the only high school players from the state who have been picked.
Of the other six players picked on the first day of the draft, five were first-rounders. N.C. State shortstop Will Wilson went 15th to the Angels, Elon pitcher George Kirby went 20th to the Mariners, UNC Wilmington shortstop Greg Jones went 22nd to the Rays, infielder Michael Busch went 31st to the Dodgers and right-handed pitcher Seth Johnson went 40th to the Rays.
Tyler Baum of North Carolina was a second-round pick, going 66th overall to the Athletics.