June 7, 2013
CONWAY - 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.
Coastal in the MLB Draft
1977 Joe Stethers LHP 13th Rd (324) Chicago Cubs
1979 Larry Raskin C 4th Rd (99) Cincinnati Reds Mike Barba RHP 7th Rd (170) San Diego Padres
1980 Tom Romano OF 17th Rd (431) Kansas City Royals Steven Smith RHP 21st Rd (521) Toronto Blue Jays
1981 Bruce Franklin 2B 29th Rd (725) Detroit Tigers
1982 Mickey Brantley OF 8th Rd (207) Cincinnati Reds
1983 Mickey Brantley OF 2nd Rd (35) Seattle Mariners John Rigos OF 3rd Rd (78) St. Louis Cardinals Gary Tremblay C 6th Rd (151) Boston Red Sox Brian Aviles RHP 18th Rd (464) Atlanta Braves Mark Clemons RHP 19th Rd (479) Toronto Blue Jays Frank Talotta 2B 20th Rd (503) Houston Astros
1985 Lawrence Brady OF 29th Rd (730) Pittsburgh Pirates
1986 Kirt Manwaring C 2nd Rd (35) San Francisco Giants Art Smith OF 31st Rd (749) Atlanta Braves
1988 Mike Fortuna OF 40th Rd (1030) Pittsburgh Pirates
1989 Matt Logue RHP 46th Rd (1191) Detroit Tigers
1990 Tony Spires SS 20th Rd (553) San Francisco Giants
1995 John Canetto 3B 25th Rd (685) Pittsburgh Pirates
1997 Mack Haman OF 13th Rd (405) Baltimore Orioles
1998 Damien Hart LHP 13th Rd (380) Cincinnati Reds Dorian Cameron SS 44th Rd (1321) San Francisco Giants
1999 Kevin Schnall C 25th Rd (758) Cincinnati Reds
2000 Rett Johnson RHP 8th Rd (236) Seattle Mariners Scott Sturkie RHP 28th Rd (828) Detroit Tigers
2001 Scott Sturkie RHP 12th Rd (367) Cleveland Indians
2002 Adam Kiem SS 12th Rd (348) Kansas City Royals Randy McGarvey, Jr. C 26th Rd (791) Houston Astros Justin Owens OF 34th Rd (1016) Toronto Blue Jays
2003 Brandon Powell 2B 8th Rd (222) Kansas City Royals Justin Sturge LHP 12th Rd (354) Boston Red Sox Ryan McGraw OF 39th Rd (1151) San Diego Padres
2004 Brett Grandstrand 2B 13th Rd (382) Pittsburgh Pirates Steven Carter RHP 26th Rd (787) Oakland Athletics
2005 Mike Costanzo 3B 2nd Rd (65) Philadelphia Phillies Michael DeJesus 2B 15th Rd (452) Cincinnati Reds Byron Binda RHP 19th Rd (567) Colorado Rockies Ricky Shefka RHP 20th Rd (594) Washington Nationals Jacob Hurry LHP 25th Rd (764) Houston Astros Chris Todd 2B 33rd Rd (1002) San Francisco Giants
2006 Mike Fuentes C 29th Rd (877) Philadelphia Phillies
2007 John Mariotti RHP 18th Rd (549) Baltimore Orioles Andy DeLaGarza LHP 18th Rd (554) San Francisco Giants Pete Andrelczyk RHP 32nd Rd (968) Baltimore Orioles Dom Duggan OF 32nd Rd (973) San Francisco Giants Austin Hinkle RHP 41st Rd (1218) Tampa Bay Rays Chris Raber 1B 42nd Rd (1269) New York Yankees Dock Doyle C 44th Rd (1309) Atlanta Braves
2008 Pete Andrelczyk RHP 5th Rd (148) Florida Marlins Dock Doyle C 5th Rd (164) New York Mets David Sappelt OF 9th Rd (269) Cincinnati Reds Tommy Baldridge OF 33rd Rd (1010) New York Yankees Jeff Richard RHP 38th Rd (1150) Atlanta Braves
2010 Cody Wheeler LHP 5th Rd (151) Arizona Diamondbacks Rico Noel CF 5th Rd (154) San Diego Padres Scott Woodward 3B 15th Rd (455) Oakland Athletics Austin Fleet RHP 16th Rd (498) San Francisco Giants Chance Gilmore OF 25th Rd (772) Los Angeles Dodgers Keith Hessler LHP 28th Rd (841) Arizona Diamondbacks Jim Birmingham LHP 33rd Rd (1008) San Francisco Giants
2011 Anthony Meo RHP 2nd Rd (63) Arizona Diamondbacks Scott Woodward 3B/OF 7th Rd (224) Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy La Stella 2B 8th Rd (266) Atlanta Braves Taylor Motter SS 17th Rd (540) Tampa Bay Rays Daniel Bowman RF 38th Rd (1165) Cincinnati Reds
2013 Jacob May CF 3rd Rd (91) Chicago White Sox