Four Selected on the Final Day of the MLB Draft
GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG baseball had four players taken on the final day of the MLB Draft Wednesday afternoon. The 2018 draft saw a total of six Spartans drafted to the professional ranks as the foursome of Matt Frisbee, Cesar Trejo, Bryce Hensley and Jack Maynard join teammates Andrew Moritz and Andrew Wantz who were drafted on the second day of the MLB Draft. That total is the most Spartans drafted in one draft in program history, doubling the previous total of three that was drafted during the 2016, 2007 and 1994 drafts. This is the 18th consecutive season that UNCG has had at least one player selected in the MLB First Year Player Draft.
The first Spartan off the board on Wednesday was the 2018 SoCon Pitcher of the Year, Frisbee. He was selected in the 15th round, pick 436 by the San Francisco Giants. Frisbee ended the 2018 season 10-2 and earned a 23-9 career record at UNCG. His 46 career starts is tied with Nick Stames for fifth-most in program history, while his 23 wins is also fifth best. Frisbee earned a career winning percentage of .718 (23-9), posting the fourth-highest winning percentage in program history. This season he struck out 116 hitters to rank second in school season history and his career total of 241 ranks seventh-best in career history.
Trejo was the next Spartan to be taken. The Seattle Mariners drafted Trejo in the 17th round, pick 508. He played in 161 games as a Spartan, hitting for a .333 career average. As a freshman, he was a D1baseball.com and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. Trejo was named Freshman All-SoCon and to the 2016 All-SoCon Tournament team. He earned Second Team All-SoCon honors as a sophomore and a junior and was twice on the SoCon honor roll. His 26 career home runs ranks third-most in program history and his 12 home runs hit his sophomore year is ninth-most in a single season. He drove in 136 runs during his career to place seventh on the all-time list at UNCG.
The third Spartan to be drafted was left handed starter Hensley. The southpaw was the Friday night starter as the Spartans earned the 2017 SoCon Tournament title and pitched on Saturday’s during UNCG’s 2018 SoCon Regular Season Championship run this year. Hensley started 42 games as a Spartan and made 50 appearances, earning 18 wins throughout his career. He threw two complete games and led UNCG with 80 strikeouts in 2017. Hensley started UNCG’s first NCAA Regional game in 20 years in 2017 at the NCAA Clemson Regional against the host Tigers. During his career he stuck out 206 hitters and logged 237.2 innings.
For the second-consecutive year, Jack Maynard was drafted, this time in the 25th round, pick 738 by the Chicago White Sox. He’s one of just three UNCG players to be drafted twice, joining Lance Surridge (1997, 1998) and Tonka Maynor (1993, 1994) on that list after being selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2017 draft. Maynard worked as a starting pitcher to begin his career before transitioning to the bullpen. Maynard earned a career ERA of 3.22 in 131.1 innings in 52 appearances. He earned 12 saves and struck out 161 hitters during his two seasons at UNCG. The Patrick Henry CC transfer owned a 1.95 ERA in bullpen appearances and his overall career ERA ranks fourth-best in program history. His career saves total is tied for fourth-most in program history and his nine saves this season ranks tied for third in a season at UNCG behind Sean Pick’s 11 (1994), teammate Andrew Wantz’s 10 (2018) and tied with Taft Cable’s 9 (2001).
As the Spartans await their team assignments, stay tuned to the Spartans in the Pros page to see their, and other former Spartans’ progress through the minor leagues as they work to join former Spartans Max Povse and Brian Moehler who have made appearances at the Major League level.