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1 day ago UNC Baseball: Checking in on the Tar Heels in MLB
Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images With Carolina’s season over, let’s check in on how some former Tar Heels are representing in the big leagues. Unfortunately, the North Carolina Tar Heels baseball season came to an end on Tuesday, as they fell in their elimination game matchup against Florida State at the College World Series. While it was a good season on the whole, it’s probably going to sting for a while considering how far the Heels made it. While the college baseball season for everyone is set to wrap up soon, summer is the time for baseball in general. With the UNC season coming to a close, now’s a good time to keep an eye on the rest of the sport. With that in mind, let’s check in on how some of the Tar Heel alumni among the major league are doing. The headliner for Carolina baseball alumni in recent years has been Arizona Diamondbacks’ pitcher Zac Gallen. Last year, he was good enough in the first half of the season to be named the National League’s starting pitcher in the All-Star Game and finished third in NL Cy Young voting, helping Arizona make the World Series. After a good start to the season, he is unfortunately currently on the injured list. While he was available, he’s been every bit as good as he was last year, posting a 3.12 ERA in 57.2 innings, helping the Diamondbacks hang in the playoff race again. One big story this year in particular has been the emergence of Michael Busch. While he had been a highly rated prospect although his time in the minor leagues, Busch was left without much a role on a crowded Dodgers’ roster. Over the offseason, they traded him to the Cubs, where he’s carved out a role and put up good numbers. Through Tuesday, Busch has a .800 OPS withe nine home runs. One of those homers was a walk-off back in May, which has helped Chicago stick around a bit in a crowded NL playoff race. After not starting the season on the Red Sox MLB roster, Cooper Criswell has been a solid pitcher for Boston. Making 11 starts and appearing in 12 games, Criswell has put up a 4.15 ERA, which is a bit better than league average. Catcher Jacob Stallings has carved out a nice nine-year major league career, but he’s never been known as a feared hitter at the plate. However, so far this season — his first with the Colorado Rockies — Stallings has impressed, hitting .305 through Tuesday. Pitcher Trent Thornton has been a pretty solid bullpen arm so far for the Seattle Mariners. He has a 3.16 ERA, while allowing just over a baserunner per inning — which is better than it sounds — with a 1.021 WHIP. Besides those guys, JB Bukauskas, Kent Emmanuel, and Ryder Ryan have also all appeared in the majors at some point this year, to varying degrees of success. With no more Tar Heel sports to catch this year, you might as well check in on some baseball alumni throughout the rest of this summer.

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