NEW YORK --- Benton Moss led three North Carolina players drafted on day three of the MLB Draft Saturday. Moss was selected in the 15th round by the San Francisco Giants, while Landon Lassiter was taken in the 28th round by the Colorado Rockies and Luis Paula was picked in the 31st round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
A junior from Enfield, North Carolina, Moss was a featured member of the Carolina pitching staff for the third consecutive season. The right-hander was 4-2 with a 3.62 ERA in 97.0 innings. Moss struck out 77 batters and walked 35 while allowing opponents to hit just .214 against him. In addition to his pitching prowess, Moss is a Morehead-Cain Scholar who earned Capital One Academic All-District honors for the second time in 2014.
Lassiter, a draft-eligible sophomore from High Point, North Carolina, hit .305 in 61 games. He was second on the team in runs and walks and finished the year on a tear after a slow start. Lassiter hit .316 four doubles and 13 RBIs in ACC play.
Paula, a junior from McLeansville, North Carolina, saw time primarily as a midweek starter in 2014. The hard-throwing righty finished 1-3 with a 3.80 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. Paula made five starts as a junior and had a .262 batting average against.
Carolina had at least four current players selected in the MLB Draft for the fourth consecutive season and the 12th time in the last 13 years.