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East Carolina's Spencer Brickhouse, left, and Bryant Packard taps helmet to celebrate during a game Monday against Campbell at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

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By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Monday was a special day for the East Carolina baseball program, and that continued Tuesday for some of the ECU junior class.

Left-handed pitcher Jake Agnos, this year’s American Athletic Conference pitcher of the year, was the first Pirate to be selected on Day 2 of the Major League Baseball draft. He went in the fourth round, 135th overall, to the New York Yankees.

Agnos’ roommate and best friend, Greenville native and outfielder Bryant Packard, went seven picks later in the fifth round when selected by the Detroit Tigers.

The Arizona Diamondbacks picked ECU power-hitting first baseman Spencer Brickhouse in the seventh round at No. 212 overall.

It is a major personal milestone for the players and was part of a busy week for the Pirates (47-16), who won the NCAA Greenville Regional on Monday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium and on Wednesday will travel to Louisville to prepare for a weekend super regional series against the Cardinals. Louisville is the No. 7 overall NCAA seed and the Pirates are 10th.

“We battled through a lot of adversity with people banged up and hurt, but it didn’t matter,” Packard said after the 12-3 regional championship win over regional No. 3 seed Campbell. “We were going to put everything on the line for Pirate Nation.”

The approximate draft pick slot value for Agnos is $414,000, Packard is $386,600 and Brickhouse $209,800. All three could sign with the professional clubs to begin their careers in the minor leagues, or they could return to ECU for their senior seasons.

Most juniors who are selected during the first 10 rounds turn pro.

Packard was a record-setting player at D.H. Conley High School. He battled injuries as a freshman at ECU and throughout his collegiate career, but his .406 batting average as a sophomore paced an All-American season, and he played for the USA Baseball summer collegiate national team. This year, he is hitting .363 with seven home runs, 40 RBIs and 56 runs scored.

Agnos will take an 11-2 record and 2.02 ERA into the super regional, possibly serving as ECU’s Game 1 starter Friday at noon. He struck out nine N.C. State batters Sunday during a 127-pitch outing for 140 strikeouts in 98.0 innings this season and to simultaneously tie for the AAC career record with 290 strikeouts.

Brickhouse hit his 13th home run of the season versus Campbell on Monday night as part of a 3-for-4 game with four RBIs. He is batting .335 with 56 runs scored, 13 homers and 55 RBIs.

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.

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