Wilmington native Chance Shepard saw his college career come to an end at the NCAA Regional a couple of weeks back as N.C. State dropped its final game of the year to College World Series-bound Coastal Carolina.
For a handful of Wolfpack ballplayers, their careers were extended this summer as five were selected during the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. Shepard was not one of those people to get a phone call.
Despite a breakout senior campaign with 15 home runs that set a school record for most consecutive games with a home run, along with a .279 average, 15 doubles and 54 RBIs, Shepard had to take a different avenue to continue his dream of playing professional baseball.
Following the conclusion of the draft, Shepard headed from Raleigh to Burlington Athletic Stadium for chance to impress area scouts at a post-draft workout as nearly two dozen players showed up to showcase their skills, hoping to earn a shot within the pro ranks.
Just days after the workout, Sheppard was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Washington Nationals. The Ashley High School alum will report soon to the Nationals’ spring training facility in Vero Beach, Florida.