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Dunbar, Lassiter, Kelley Round Out MLB Draft for UNC

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Three more Tar Heels went in the latter rounds of the MLB Draft on Wednesday.

Via press release:

Korey Dunbar, Landon Lassiter and Trevor Kelley were selected on the final day of the 2015 MLB Draft Wednesday afternoon. Dunbar was a 20th-round pick of the Miami Marlins, while Lassiter went one round later to the Chicago White Sox and Kelley was taken in the 36th round by the Boston Red Sox.

Dunbar had his best year as a Tar Heel in 2015, batting .288 with six homers and a team-best 16 doubles while catching almost every inning of every game in the final three months of the season. The Charleston, West Virginia, junior threw out 21 would-be base stealers on the year.

Lassiter hit .300 with 14 doubles in his junior campaign. The High Point product tied for the team lead with 61 hits and was third on the squad with 36 walks.

Kelley was one of the nation's most important pitchers in 2015. The senior from Wilmington appeared in 41 of Carolina's 58 games and posted a 5-3 record with a 2.55 ERA in 77.2 innings. Kelley struck out 71 batters against just 20 walks and finished his UNC career in the top 10 in school history in appearances.

Three more UNC commits were also selected Wednesday - catcher Wyatt Cross went in the 33rd round to Colorado, catcher Brendan Illies went in the 33rd round to the New York Mets and lefty Brendon Little went in the 36th round to San Francisco.

Former Carolina right-hander Taylore Cherry was a 32nd round pick of the Chicago White Sox.

Korey Dunbar is the only real "will he stay or go" question here. Landon Lassiter's late season suspension pretty much signaled his days as a Tar Heel were over. Undoubtedly Lassiter will head into the White Sox's minor league system. Dunbar could also make the jump though it probably isn't a lock.

Senior Trevor Kelley waited until the 36th round before finally getting a call from Boston which fulfilled a lifelong dream for him.

One other note, Taylore Cherry, who was the starter in the 2013 ACC Championship UNC won the day after the 18 inning marathon versus NC State was taken in the 32nd round. Cherry left the team prior to this season for unspecified reasons.