GREENSBORO (June 16, 2017) – There was more good news for former North Carolina A&T right-hand pitcher Cutter Noah Dyals Friday. A day after being drafted by the Atlanta Braves, Dyals was named first-team All-State by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association. Former teammate and rising senior Adan Ordonez made the second team.
Dyals was selected by the Braves with the 500th overall pick in the 17th round on June 15, becoming the 19th Aggie drafted in school history. Dyals spent one season with the Aggies after transferring from Eastern Florida State Community College. Dyals finished the 2017 season with an impressive 0.50 earned run average. Out of the 20 runners he inherited, only six have scored. In 20 appearances, he is 6-0 this season with seven saves and 40 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched.
Opponents only batted .190 against Dyals this season. He only gave up seven hits in 48 at-bats (.146) with runners in scoring position, while striking out 19 of those batters in the process. Right-handers hit only .183 (15-for-82) against Dyals and struck out 28 times. Dyals ended the season by earning first-team All-MEAC honors and he was on the Midseason Watch List for the 13th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award.
Ordonez adds to his long collection of accomplishments as an Aggie. The three-time All-MEAC performer who was also the conference's rookie of the year in 2015, had another superb season as a junior in 2017. Ordonez has proven to be one of the best catcher's in the nation. He made the Johnny Bench Award Watch List for best overall catcher in the nation for the second straight season. Ordonez finished the season batting .299 with 12 doubles, six home runs and 52 RBI. He also posted a .471 slugging percentage, a .369 on-base percentage and only struck out 11 times in 174 at-bats. He also posted 13 multiple-RBI games.
Nationally, Ordonez ranked 14th in toughest to strike out, and he led the MEAC in RBI. Defensively, he led the MEAC in fielding percentage (.996). He also threw out 10 base stealers. For his career, Ordonez has a .984 fielding percentage. His other career numbers include a .323 average with 36 doubles, nine home runs and 110 RBI with a .443 slugging percentage and a .393 on-base percentage. He has only 69 career strikeouts in 542 at-bats.
The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) was formed on July 30, 2002 in Greensboro. The primary focus of the organization is to better promote student-athletes from North Carolina's colleges and universities.