HIGH POINT, N.C. - Seven Conference Carolinas baseball players were selected in the 2017 MLB Draft. The University of Mount Olive had five players drafted, while King University and North Greenville University each had one player selected.
Headlining the 2017 draftees was fifth-round pick Bruce Zimmermann of Mount Olive, who was taken by the Atlanta Braves with the 140th selection. Ricky Surum of Mount Olive was second off the board in the 16th round, as he went 482nd to the New York Yankees.
North Greenville's Clark Scolamiero was selected in the 22nd with the 672nd pick by the Cleveland Indians, while Mount Olive's Zack Mozingo went 679th in the 23rd round to the Tampa Bay Rays.
King's Mitch Stophel came off the board in the 25th round with pick 765 and went to the Chicago Cubs. The Mount Olive duo of Austin Hutchison and Kodi Whitley closed out the Conference Carolinas draftees. Hutchison was selected 783rd by the Seattle Mariners in the 26th round, while Whitley was picked 814th in the 27th round by the St. Louis Cardinals.
2017 MLB Draft - Conference Carolinas
140 (Atlanta): Bruce Zimmermann, Mount Olive - LHP
482 (New York Yankees): Ricky Surum, Mount Olive - SS
672 (Cleveland): Clark Scolamiero, North Greenville - CF
679 (Tampa Bay): Zack Mozingo, Mount Olive - RHP
765 (Chicago Cubs): Mitch Stophel, King - RHP
783 (Seattle): Austin Hutchison, Mount Olive - RHP
814 (St. Louis): Kodi Whitley, Mount Olive - RHP
Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletics conference made up of 11 teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Converse College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, University of Mount Olive, North Greenville University and Southern Wesleyan University. Emmanuel College is currently completing the NCAA DII membership process and will be fully competing in league championships in the near future.