Six former HiToms were selected in the 2019 MLB Draft this week, headlined by NC State's Evan Edwards, who was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 4th round. The tally featured players who played on HiToms teams spanning from 2015 to 2018.
Edwards, the 2017 CPL Hitter of the year, had an outstanding senior season with NC State. He earned 3rd Team All-ACC honors at first base after batting .330, hitting 14 home runs, and recording 60 RBIs in 61 games. He also did not make an error defensively in more than 500 chances at first base this spring.
Those numbers and accolades were simply a continuation of his tenure at Historic Finch Field as member of the HiToms.
In his 2017 HiToms season, Edwards batted .355, smacked 13 homers, and drove in 32 runs in 47 games that summer. Edwards also played for the Post 87 HiToms for three seasons and was an integral part of the 2015 Post 87 team that finished as the runners-up in the North Carolina American Legion State Tournament.
Elon pitcher Ty Adcock was drafted by the Seattle Mariners with pick 246 in the eighth round of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft. Adcock was drafted as a pitcher, but spent his final year at Elon as a two-way player. He served as an outfielder and the Elon's closer. Adcock mashed twelve homers as a position player and nine saves as a pitcher.
In eight games with the HiToms in 2017, Adcock tallied eight hits and scored three runs. He maintained a .242 batting average with HPT, while slugging .273.
North Carolina shortstop Ike Freeman was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 14th round. He has been an integral part of back-to-back Super Regional appearances for the Tar Heels in 2018 and 2019. The junior is batting .294 with 6 home runs and 48 RBIs to go along with a .442 on-base percentage. Freeman also earned All-ACC Tournament honors as he helped UNC to the 2019 ACC Baseball Tournament title.
Freeman finished his 2017 season with the HiToms with a .259 batting average, two homers, and nine RBIs in 30 total games.
Winston-Salem State sophomore E.P. Reese was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 25th round of the draft. Reese earned ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division II All-Region honors with the Rams after putting up terrific numbers in the 2019 season. The outfielder finished the season with a team-best .408 batting average, scored 54 runs, and recorded 35 RBIs.
Reese posted stellar numbers with the HiToms in 2018 - he batted .293 and drove in 17 runs in 40 games. That came after his inaugural season with the HiToms in 2017, in which he drove in 19 runs in 37 games.
High Point catcher Daniel Millwee was the first of two HiToms selected in the 30th round. Millwee, selected by the Chicago White Sox, finished his senior season at HPU with a .293 average, 8 home runs, and 35 RBIs. He was a first-team all-Big South selection in his junior year
Millwee played with the HiToms in 2015 and batted .288 and scored 12 runs in 16 games played.
Southeastern Louisiana's Cody Grosse joined Millwee in the 30th round after he was selected by the Seattle Mariners. Grosse finished the 2019 as an All-Southland Confrence Honorable Mention selection and was selected as a member of the All-Defensive team for the Southland Conference. Grosse batted .252 with the Lions in his senior season, scored 50 runs, and swiped 23 bases.
With the HiToms in 2017, Grosse batted a robust .403 with 31 runs scored in 22 games played. He also finished with a .500 on-base percentage and five stolen bases.
Pitchers Chase Walter (Western Carolina) and Ridge Chapman (South Carolina) rounded out the HiToms draft class after being selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 32nd and 34th rounds respectively. Walter finished with a 4.84 ERA and 5-6 record after starting 11 games for the Catamounts in 2019. He struck out an impressive 114 batters in 93.0 innings pitched this season. Chapman missed most of the 2019 season with the Gamecocks due to injury.
In 2017, Walter posted impressive numbers with the HiToms, finishing the season with a 2.79 ERA in seven appearances and striking out 17 batters in 19.1 innings pitched. Chapman struck out three batters in 1 2/3 innings in his lone apperance with the HiToms back in 2017.