Pacific Baseball: Mets Select Carnevale In Third Day Of MLB Draft
In the third and final day of the 2010 MLB First Year Player Draft, the New York Mets took senior RHP Hunter Carnevale (Roseville, Calif.) with the 992nd overall pick in the 33rd round. Carnevale joins teammates Nick Longmire (San Diego, Calif.), J.B. Brown (Alvin, Texas), Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.) and Joe Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) who were all taken in the top 15 rounds during the second day of the draft.
Pacific's total number of draftees in 2010 now sits at five, which ties a program-high that was set during the 1994 and 2001 drafts. All five players drafted were also honored by the Big West Conference on the all-conference list upon the conclusion of this season.
Carnevale headlined Pacific's five All-Big West Conference recipients this year and was named the sole First Team recipient. Carnevale found his niche as a long-reliever in 2010 and led the team's ERA for the majority of the season, finally finish second with a 3.53 ERA. His five wins this year were fourth-best among Tiger pitchers behind Pacific's three starters, and lead the way for any relievers out of the bullpen. Hunter turned it on midway through this season with a stretch of 26.0-consecutive innings over nine appearances during the month of April, in which he did not allow an earned run across the plate. That gave Carenvale his first-career Big West Pitcher of the Week award for the week of April 19. Hunter closed out 2010 leading in total appearances with 24 over a span of 74.0 innings pitched. Carnevale gave up the least amount of hits for long inning pitchers with 79, and his 66 punchouts led the pitching staff. In conference play, three of Hunter's five wins came against Big West opponents in 2010 and he led the squad with 10 appearances and 30 strikeouts.