CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami outfielder Dale Carey became the third Hurricane selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Friday afternoon, when the Washington Nationals selected him in the seventh round.
Carey, who earned second-team All-ACC honors this past spring, delivered a dominant final season for the Hurricanes in 2014. The Marietta, Ga., native, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of high school in 2010, led Miami with a .305 batting average. He connected on 16 doubles – the most of any player – and hit seven home runs with 29 RBI.
Carey was selected No. 214 overall by the Nationals.
Carey, who ranked second on the team with 16 steals and made countless highlight-reel catches in centerfield, was the only Hurricane to start all 63 games. Carey led the team with 75 hits, ranked second with seven home runs and tied for third with 29 RBI. He added one triple, and scored 53 runs – which ranked first on the team.
He was named ACC Player of the Week on May 12 after a spectacular week where he hit .429 in a sweep of Duke, including his career-first grand slam. He fielded a perfect 1.000 in 113 chances, including a game-saving catch against Virginia on March 22 that earned him the No. 1 spot on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.
Carey joins Andrew Suarez (second round, Washington Nationals) and Chris Diaz (fifth round, Atlanta Braves) as Hurricane draftees through the first seven rounds. The 2014 MLB Draft continues this weekend, with rounds 3-10 taking place on Fri., June 6 at 1 p.m. The draft will resume with rounds 11-40 on Sat., June 7 at 1 p.m.