Reid Fronk is one of four Tar Heels ranked among Baseball America's top 100 college prospects for the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.
Jan. 30, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. - One year after having a pair of pitchers selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft, North Carolina is again projected to have an impact in June with four players on Baseball America's Top 100 College Prospects list for 2007. All-America shortstop Josh Horton (22), pitchers Luke Putkonen (69) and Andrew Carignan (86) and outfielder Reid Fronk (92) were each honored.
The Tar Heels are one of just three teams with at least four players rated in the top 100 prospects. Top-ranked Rice leads the way with six, while Carolina and Clemson are tied for second with four each.
Horton hit an ACC-best .395 with seven homers and 59 RBI in 2006 and returns as the Tar Heels starting shortstop for the third straight season. Putkonen went 6-0 with a 3.08 ERA and is projected to move into Carolina's weekend rotation this season, while Carignan led the ACC with 15 saves in 17 chances a year ago. Fronk moves to the outfield from third base after hitting .298 and posting a .433 on-base percentage as a sophomore. He is slated to start in left.
Carolina also placed four of its signees on Baseball America's Top 100 High School Prospects list: No. 1 Matt Harvey (RHP, Groton, Conn.), No. 2 Rick Porcello (No. 2, West Orange, N.J.), No. 8 Madison Bumgarner (LHP, Hudson, N.C.) and No. 95 Nathan Striz (RHP, Lakeland, Fla.).