Coastal’s May selected in third round by White Sox

Coastal Carolina centerfielder Jacob May was selected in the third round (91st overall pick) by the Chicago White Sox in the 2013 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.

May was a 39th-round pick by the Cincinnati Reds out of Lakota West High School (Liberty Township, Ohio) but drastically improved his stock after three solid seasons at Coastal Carolina. May is the sixth-highest Chanticleer taken in the MLB Draft, becomes the seventh Chant since 2008 to be drafted within the first five rounds and is the 12th Chant to be selected within the top nine rounds over the past six seasons.

Other top CCU MLB Draft selections include Mickey Brantley (1983, 2nd Rd, 35th overall pick), Kirt Manwaring (1986, 2nd Rd, 35th overall pick), Anthony Meo (2011, 2nd Rd, 63rd overall pick), Mike Costanzo (2005, 2nd Rd, 65th overall pick) and John Rigos (1983, 3rd Rd, 78th overall pick),

May was named second team All-Big South this season and earned Big South Presidential Honor Roll award in 2011-12 and 2012-13 for posting at least a 3.0 GPA for the academic year.

May ended the season by reaching base safely (hit/walk/hit by pitch) in a career-best 27 straight games and batted .340 (35-for-103) over the span. He had a hit in 25 of those 27 games, starting the span with a career-best 14 game hit streak (batted .339, 20-for-59). He then went 0-for-6 in the first two games of the UNC Asheville series before ending the season with an 11-game hit streak (batted .395, 15-for-38).

Overall, May had a hit in 48 of 59 games played in 2013 and, over the last two years, has a hit in 87 of 108 games played. He led the team with 19 multi-hit games as well as leading the team in batting (.324), hits (70), triples (2), home runs (7), slugging percentage (.495), sac bunts (15) and stolen bases (16) while ranking second on the tam in runs (42), doubles (12), RBI (31) and on-base percentage (.417).

In the Big South, May ranked 2nd in sac bunts, 3rd in home runs, 4th in slugging, 5th in total bases, 6th in hit by pitch, 9th in stolen bases, 11th in hits and 12th in batting. In addition to his offensive prowess, May is tied for 13th in the nation with seven outfield assists.

May was a two-time Big South Player of the Week, earning the honors on March 11 batting .533 in five games and May 6 as he helped CCU take 2-of-3 at #23 Georgia Tech.

May showcased why he was such a high draft pick in two games in particular. First, in a win at The Citadel, he was 1-for-4 with a triple, run scored, stolen base, hit by pitch and made a catch in left-center field that left many saying it was one of the best catches they had ever seen in person. More importantly, he catch came versus the first batter in the bottom of the eighth in a one-run game in CCU’s favor. Second, in the series finale win over Georgia Tech, he robbed Daniel Palka of a two-run home run in the bottom of the first with CCU leading 1-0. In the top of the second, May gave CCU a 4-0 lead by hitting a two-run home run. He finished the game going 2-for-4 with a walk and three RBI.

For his career, May batted .288, but improved each year at the plate batting .206 as a freshman, .306 as a sophomore and an impressive .324. May did miss the first 11 games of his freshman due to injury and was thrust into the lineup. The 2013 season was May’s first full, injury-free season and it showed in his production at the plate and in the outfield.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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