There may not be a happier man in America than North Carolina coach Mike Fox.
He can now exhale.
Like many Division 1 college baseball coaches, the Major League Draft is like a three-day panic attack where you must hope you don’t lose your prized prospects to the Big Leagues.
North Carolina may have dodged a bullet because Spanish Fork’s Kayden Porter was not drafted on Day 2 of the draft.
Prior to the draft, Porter said that if he was not taken in the top 10 rounds he would pass on a chance to play professional baseball and attend North Carolina.
Some mock drafts had him going as high as the first round, but when the draft concluded on Tuesday with round 15, Porter still hadn’t been selected.
Another player watching with interest on Tuesday was Utah Valley University first baseman Goose Kallunki, who was hoping to get a call, but he too was passed over.
Two Utah players were taken. Pitcher Tyler Wagner was taken by the Milwaukee Brewers in the fourth round and Utah catcher Parker Morin was taken by the Royals in the 14th round.
Porter and Kallunki must now wait until today to see if they will be taken when the draft concludes with rounds 16-40.