Mets draft Coastal’s Paez; Remillard goes to ChiSox

ccubase-Michael Paez vs CincyCoastal Carolina junior shortstop Michael Paez (Miami, Fla./Sunset HS) was selected in the fourth round (130th overall pick) by the New York Mets in the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Friday afternoon.

Paez, preparing to lead Coastal Carolina at the NCAA Baton Rouge Super Regional versus #8 national seed LSU this weekend, is the 13th Chanticleer to be selected among the MLB Draft top 10 rounds and CCU’s highest draft pick since Jacob May was selected in the third round (91st overall pick) in 2013. Ironically, the last three players at Coastal Carolina to wear the #1 have all been selected among the top five rounds as Rico Noel was drafted in the fifth round in 2010 and May in 2013.

Overall, at least one Chanticleer has been selected in the MLB Draft in 20 consecutive seasons. Paez is the second Chanticleer to be drafted by the Mets as All-American catcher Dock Coyle was a fifth-round pick in 2008. (However, current Mets pitcher Steven Matz was a Coastal Carolina signee, but he opted for professional baseball when selected in the second round of the 2009 MLB Draft.)

Paez was a preseason All-American and was one of the top power-hitting shortstops in the nation this season. The junior hit 15 home runs, which ranks 31stin the NCAA and second among the nation’s shortstops. A two-time B rooks Wallace Award candidate, Paez ranks 17th in the NCAA and leads the Big South with 62 runs scored. Overall, he is batting .291 with 17 doubles and 50 RBI.

Although just a junior, Paez ranks 14th on the CCU all-time runs scored list (152). For his career, Paez is batting .288 with 42 doubles and 25 home runs with 116 RBI, 79 walks and 43 stolen bases.

Paez is a two-time All-Big South selection, earning first team honors in 2015, and was named second team All-Regional by the American Baseball Coaches Association in 2015. This past summer, he named a Cape Cod All-Star and named to the Cape Cod end of the year All-League team.

In addition to his success on the field, Paez has been named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll twice for compiling at least a 3.0 grade point average for an academic year and has received Dean’s List honors three times at Coastal Carolina.

* Coastal Carolina third baseman Zach Remillard (Cohoes, N.Y./La Salle Institute) was selected in the 10th round (296th overall pick) by the Chicago White Sox in the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Draft.

Remillard is the 14th Chanticleer to be drafted in the top 10 rounds since 2008. He will join recent Chants Casey Schroeder (eighth round pick in 2015) and Jacob May (third round pick in 2013). With teammate Michael Paez being drafted in the fourth round by the New York Mets earlier in the day, Coastal has now had at least two players drafted within the first two rounds in the same season six times in school history.

Remillard was a first team All-Big South selection, a member of the 2016 Big South All-Tournament Team and the Most Outstanding Player at the 2016 NCAA Raleigh Regional.  He is having one of the most productive seasons in the nation this season. The senior leads the Big South in three categories while second in three others. He ranks 10th in the NCAA in total bases, 11th nationally in RBI and 12th nationally in home runs. He additionally ranks 29th in the NCAA in hits, 32nd in runs scored and 37th in slugging percentage. Overall, he batted .348 – 76 points higher than last season – and with 60 runs scored.

Remillard will be leaving Coastal Carolina with his name plastered throughout the Chanticleer record book. He currently ranks third in games played (233), third in games started (229), fourth in at bats (838), 20th in runs scored (143), 12th in hits (239), 10th in the doubles (46), eighth in home runs (30), sixth in RBI (163) and eighth in total bases (382).

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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