Jun 21, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; A ball rests on the infield during the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and UCLA Bruins in the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Dave Weaver-USA Today Sports
In the fifth round, the Astros turned their sights back to pitching, taking RHP Trent Thornton, a Junior out of the University of North Carolina. Like TCU’s Ferrell, Thornton is a reliever.
Jun 18, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; North Carolina Tarheels pitcher Trent Thornton (31) throws against the LSU Tigers during the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
Thornton made 28 appearances this year for the Tar Heels, including four starts. He posted a 5.08 ERA over 62.0 innings, giving up 35 ER on 53 hits and striking out 81 batters.
In the 6th round with the 169th pick overall, the Astros selected centerfielder Nestor Muriel. Muriel is a 6′ 2″, 170 lb, 16-year old out of Puerto Rico, where he played in the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy. He was the only player taken on day two that had not attended college.
Next: Rounds 7 & 8