Quartet Of Signees Taken In MLB Draft

Knapp, Gibson, Hoes and Melville selected on day one.

Four of Mike Fox's signees were selected in the first 115 picks Thursday.

Four of Mike Fox's signees were selected in the first 115 picks Thursday.

June 5, 2008

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Four University of North Carolina baseball signees were selected in the first four rounds of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Thursday. Prep standouts Jason Knapp, Derrik Gibson, L.J. Hoes and Tim Melville, who each signed National Letters of Intent with the Tar Heels last fall, were chosen among the first 115 picks.

Knapp, a right-handed pitcher out of Annandale, N.J., went in the second round (71st overall) to the Philadelphia Phillies, and Gibson, a shortstop/outfielder from Seaford, Del., followed later in the second round (77th overall) to the Boston Red Sox.

Hoes, a Washington, D.C., outfielder, was taken four picks later (81st overall) by the Baltimore Orioles in the third round.

Melville, a right-handed pitcher from of Wentzville, Mo., was selected in the fourth round (115th overall) by the Kansas City Royals.

MLB clubs generally retain the rights to sign a selected player until August 15, or until the player enters, or returns to, a four-year college on a full-time basis.

The draft resumes at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

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