SEACAUCUS N.Y. – UNCG baseball had two players drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft Wednesday afternoon. The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Jack Maynard (Crozet, Va./Patrick Henry CC) in the 21st round, with the Oakland Athletics drafting Ben Spitznagel (Cincinnati, Ohio/Wabash Valley CC) in the 27th round. This marks the 14th consecutive season that at least one Spartan was taken in the MLB Draft. Maynard becomes the 18th pitcher out of UNCG, while Spitznagel is the 14th position player.
Maynard served as the Friday night starter before becoming one of the top arms out of the bullpen. Maynard turned in 23 appearances and made seven starts in his junior season. Maynard was the primary strikeout pitcher on a Spartan pitching staff that struck out 487 hitters, second best in program history. The junior college transfer worked in 68.0 innings, tying with Bryce Hensley (Asheville, N.C./Catawba Valley CC) for the team high with 80 strikeouts. In 16 bullpen appearances, Maynard earned a 1.77 ERA in 35.2 innings, earning three saves. He struck out 46 hitters and held opponents to a .205 batting average.
Spitznagel finishes his UNCG career as one of the best hitters in program history. The Cincinnati, Ohio native earned a .371 career batting average, ranking second all-time among hitters who have moved on from the program. A two-time second team All-Southern Conference selection; Spitznagel was a third team ABCA/Rawlings All-American at second base as a junior. He hit as the lead off hitter in 90 of 113 games played at UNCG. A constant threat at the plate, he struck out just 40 times in 458 at bats and his 95 hits in 2016 is third-best in a season in program history. Spitznagel served as a captain of the 2017 Southern Conference Champion UNCG team.