In 2013, the Astros selected North Carolina pitcher Kent Emanuel. Now the Astros go back to the Tar Heels for another pitcher in 2015, Trent Thornton.
Thornton, a native of Charlotte, N.C., attending Ardrey Kell high school. In 2013, during his freshman season, Thornton was named a consensus freshman All-America honors (Baseball America, Perfect Game, NCBWA and Louisville Slugger) after a standout freshman season. He appeared in 29 games, including six starts, and had a 1.37 ERA in 91.2 innings.
In 2014, appearing in 16 games (14 starts), Thornton posted a 7-4 record with a 2.73 ERA in 95 2/3 innings pitched. This season, he collected a 3-7 record with a 5.08 ERA in 28 games (4 starts) with 81 strikeouts and 31 walks.
Thornton appears in the 2013 College World Series with North Carolina, holding LSU to 2-runs over 7-innings in one start.
Thornton was the second Tar Heel selected in the 2015 draft, Skye Bolt (128, Athletics) and Benton Moss (178, Rays) were also selected.