CHAPEL HILL --- North Carolina sophomore catcher Cody Roberts and junior infielder Zack Gahagan were selected on day three of the 2017 MLB Draft. Roberts was selected in the 38th round by the Miami Marlins while Gahagan was a 39th-round pick by the Cincinnati Reds. Overall, Carolina had five players selected, marking the 12th time in 19 years under head coach Mike Fox that at least five Tar Heels were picked.
Roberts, who was announced as a right-handed pitcher, has established himself as one of the best all-around catchers in the ACC. A native of Johns Creek, Georgia, Roberts hit .268 with 11 doubles and 27 RBIs in his sophomore campaign. He also continued to show off his arm, allowing just 23 total stolen bases in 62 games.
Gahagan proved to be a versatile weapon in his junior season, moving to second base in addition to playing first. He tied for second on the team with seven home runs and committed just nine errors in 351 chances on the right side of the infield. The Fletcher, North Carolina, product also drew 33 walks, rapped out nine doubles and stole six bases.