Pitchers Parker Dunshee and Chris Farish, alongside second baseman Nate Mondou, were all selected on the final day of the 2016 MLB Draft. The trio were drafted alongside fellow Demon Deacon Will Craig, who went in the first round to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Mondou, a Wake Forest junior, has been drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 13th round. He still has one year of eligibility remaining, so he has until July 15th to decide whether he will sign a professional contract or return to Wake Forest for his senior season.
Nate Mondou batted .302 this past season and hit 4 home runs while driving in 35 runs. He was named first-team All-ACC as a junior.
Dunshee, Wake Forest's Friday starter for the 2016 season, was selected one round later in the 14th round by the Chicago Cubs. Dunshee polished off his career in Winston-Salem by throwing an absolute gem in an opening game win in the NCAA Tournament against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. For the season, Dunshee went 10-5 with a 3.20 ERA with one complete game. Dunshee also has one season of eligibility remaining and like Mondou will have until July 15th to decide if he wants to turn pro or return to Winston for his senior year.
Redshirt sophomore reliever Farish was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 31st Round of the MLB Draft. Farish had an up-and-down year for the Diamond Deacs and made 35 appearances, recording a 4.82 ERA while striking out 35 batters in 28 innings. Although we do not have any inside sources on Farish, his draft pick makes it likely that he will return to Winston-Salem for at least one more season. He has a lot of potential and with his overall velocity, has the chance to improve his draft stock.
Blogger So Dear applauds the efforts of these Demon Deacon baseball players and we wish the best to each of these young men in the future regardless of if they return to play another season in the old gold and black. We will have coverage of the decisions that each of these individuals make over the next month and as always, go Deacs!