Georgia Tech #ProJackets Baseball Report

THE FLATS — After becoming just the fourth #ProJacket to hit 20 home runs in his first full MLB season (joining Mark Teixeira, Nomar Garciaparra and Jason Varitek), rookie Daniel Palka blasted two more against the Baltimore Orioles on the road to break the White Sox record for left-handed rookies (Pete Ward – 1963).

In the month of September, Palka has 12 hits and six home runs, in just the last seven games, Palka has hit .333 for four home runs, six RBI and five runs. He now leads all American League rookies in home runs (25), while also ranking among the leaders in RBI (3rd, 61) and runs scored (4th, 52)

With three weeks left in the MLB regular season, Charlie Blackmon continues to lead the Colorado Rockies in their bid for a playoff spot.

Blackmon, whose Rockies are just half a game back from the Los Angeles Dodgers and hold a 4.5-game lead over Arizona, hit .333 with six hits, two doubles and three RBI last week. Colorado has lost three of its first four to start its nine-game road trip, including two crucial games to the Dodgers.

Fellow #ProJacket Derek Dietrich, started four of the last six games for the Miami Marlins during a rough stretch that ended an eight-game road trip. Highlighted by a double against Philadelphia, he had three hits last week to move to 128 hits on the year – a career high.

On the mound, Buck Farmer threw 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball for the Detroit Tigers last week over two relief appearances. Striking out one last week, he now has 56 on the year.

Below is a complete list of Tech #ProJackets playing professionally this season.

 

MLB

PLAYER

2018 SEASON STATS

Charlie Blackmon
#19 / OF

Colorado Rockies
MLB Debut: June 7, 2011 (Rockies)
MLB Draft: 2008 (Rockies), 2nd round
Status: Active
Years at Georgia Tech: 2008
High School:
North Gwinnett
Hometown: Suwanee, Ga.
National League All-Star

GP: 144
Batting Avg: .287
Hits: 166
Home Runs: 
27
Triples: 6
Doubles: 27
RBIs: 65

Runs: 109
Stolen Bases: 12
OBP: .355
OPS: .850
SLG: .495

 

Derek Dietrich
#32 / OF
Miami Marlins
MLB Debut: May 8, 2013 (Marlins)
MLB Draft: 2010 (Rays), 2nd round
Status: Active
Years at Georgia Tech: 2008-10
High School:
St. Ignatius
Hometown: Parma, Ohio

GP:
141
Batting Avg:
.265
Hits:
128
Home Runs:
16
Triples:
2
Doubles:
25
RBIs:
45
Runs: 
72
Stolen Bases:
2
OBP:
.331
OPS:
.756
SLG:
.424

Buck Farmer
#45 / RHP
Detroit Tigers
MLB Debut:
August 13, 2014 (Tigers)
MLB Draft:
2013 (Tigers), 5th round
Status:
Active
Years at Georgia Tech:
2010-13
High School:
Rockdale
Hometown:
Conyers, Ga.

GP:
61
IP:
64.0
Record: 
3-4
Saves:
0
ERA: 
4.50
SO: 
56
Opp. Avg:
.261
WHIP: 
1.63

Deck McGuire
#68 / RHP

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
MLB Debut: Sept. 12, 2017 (Reds)
MLB Draft: 2010 (Blue Jays), 1st round
Status: Reassigned to minors
Years at Georgia Tech: 2008-10 
High School:
Deep Run
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
Reassigned to minors (8/26/18)


GP: 17
IP:
34.0
Record: 0-2
Saves: 0
ERA: 6.35
SO: 27
Opp. Avg: .264
WHIP: 1.65

 


Daniel Palka
#18 / OF

Chicago White Sox
MLB Debut: April 25, 2018 (White Sox)
MLB Draft: 2013 (Diamondbacks), 3rd round
Status: Active
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-13
High School:
Greer
Hometown: Lyman, S.C.

GP: 
112
Batting Avg:
.243
Hits: 
92
Home Runs: 
25
Triples: 
3
Doubles:
14
RBIs: 
61
Runs:
52
Stolen Bases: 
2
OBP: 
.296
OPS: 
.790
SLG: 
.495

 

Matt Wieters
#32 / C

Washington Nationals
MLB Debut:
May 29, 2009 (Orioles)
MLB Draft:
2007 (Orioles), 1st round
Status: Active
Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-07
High School:
Stratford
Hometown: Goose Creek, S.C.

 

GP: 71
Batting Avg: .230
Hits: 50
Home Runs:
6
Doubles: 7
RBIs:
25
Runs: 21
Stolen Bases: 0
OBP: .319
OPS: .664
SLG: .346

 

 

Blake Wood
#46 / P

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
MLB Debut:
May 12, 2010 (Royals)
MLB Draft:
2006 (Royals), 3rd round
Status: Disabled List – 60 day
Years at Georgia Tech: 2004-07
High School:
North Gwinnett
Hometown: Suwanee, Ga.


* Out for season due to Tommy John surgery


Yellow Jackets in the Minors/Independent Leagues

Luke Bard – Rochester Red Wings (Twins) – Triple-A

Triple-A 2018 stats: 32 GP, 3-3, 1 save, 4.66 ERA, 48.1 IP, 52 SO, 1.49 WHIP

MLB 2018 stats: 8 GP, 0-0, 5.40 ERA, 11.2, 13 SO, 1.29 WHIP

 

Joey Bart – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants) – Class A Short Season

2018 stats: 51 GP, .294 avg., 60 hits, 13 HR, 3 3B, 15 2B, 40 RBIs, 38 runs

 

Sam Clay – Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins) – Double-A

2018 stats:  34 GP, 1 GS, 2-6, 1 save, 5.88 ERA, 52.0 IP, 61 SO, 1.73 WHIP

 

Trevor Craport – Delmarva Shorebirds (Orioles) – Class A

2018 stats: 122 GP, .256 avg., 112 hits, 11 HR, 4 3B, 26 2B, 72 RBIs, 68 runs, 4 SB

 

Brandon Cumpton – Buffalo Bisons (Blue Jays) – Triple-A

MLB 2018 stats: 1 GP, 0-0, 5.40 ERA, 1.2 IP, 2 SO, 3.00 WHIP

Triple-A 2018 stats: 12 GP, 9 GS, 2-5, 1 save, 6.15 ERA, 52.2 IP, 31 SO, 1.46 WHIP

Independent 2018 stats: 11 GP, 11 GS, 4-3, 4.11 ERA, 65.2 IP, 44 SO, 1.31 WHIP

 

Jake Esch – Sioux Falls Canaries (Independent)

2018 stats: 19 GP, 19 GS, 8-6, 5.14 ERA, 105.0 IP, 76 SO, 1.581 WHIP

 

Brandon Gold – Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies) – Class A Advanced

2018 stats: 27 GP, 27 GS, 9-9, 5.44 ERA, 154.0 IP, 121 SO, 1.53 WHIP

 

Matthew Gorst – Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox) – Triple-A

2018 stats: 40 GP, 3-4, 9 saves, 1.84 ERA, 68.1 IP, 58 SO, 0.93 WHIP

 

Matthew Grimes – Bowie Baysox (Orioles) – Double-A

2018 stats: 35 GP, 6 GS, 0-2, 3.77 ERA, 86.0 IP, 65 SO, 1.41 WHIP

 

Dusty Isaacs – New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays) – Double-A

2018 stats: 44 GP, 4-4, 2 saves, 5.10 ERA, 60.0 IP, 64 SO, 1.53 WHIP

 

Connor Justus – Mobile BayBears (Angels) – Double-A

2018 stats: 124 GP, .220 avg., 93 hits, 6 HR, 2 3B, 17 2B, 47 RBIs, 60 runs, 7 SB

 

Deck McGuire – Salt Lake Bees (Angels) – Triple-A

Triple-A 2018 stats: 15 GP, 11 GS, 5-3, 4.24 ERA, 57.1 IP, 50 SO, 1.31 WHIP

MLB 2018 stats: 17 GP, 4 GS, 0-2, 6.35 ERA, 34.0 IP, 27 SO, 1.65 WHIP

 

Arden Pabst – Altoona Curve (Pirates) – Double-A

2018 stats: 66 GP, .264 avg., 61 hits, 10 HR, 2 3B, 14 2B, 36 RBIs, 26 runs, 2 SB

 

Ryan Peurifoy – West Virginia Power (Pirates) – Class A

2018 stats: 80 GP, .191 avg., 47 hits, 3 HR, 3 3B, 16 2B, 24 RBIs, 31 runs, 4 SB

 

Zac Ryan – Mobile BayBears (Angels) – Double-A

2018 stats: 42 GP, 4-5, 3 saves, 4.56 ERA, 71.0 IP, 75 SO, 1.51 WHIP

 

Matt Skole – Charlotte Knights (White Sox) – Triple-A

Triple-A 2018 stats: 121 GP, .237 avg., 102 hits, 14 HR, 1 3B, 28 2B, 44 RBIs, 50 runs, 3 SB

MLB 2018 stats: 4 GP, .273 avg., 3 hits, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 runs

 

Daniel Spingola – Evansville Otters (Independent) * Released

Independent 2018 stats: 15 GP, .280 avg., 14 hits, 1 HR, 1 3B, 2 2B, 5 RBIs, 8 runs

Minor League 2018 stats: 46 GP, .216 avg., 32 hits, 2 HR, 9 2B, 11 RBIs, 20 runs, 2 SB

 

Kyle Wren – Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox) – Triple-A

2018 stats: 84 GP, .263 avg., 69 hits, 3 HR, 2 3B, 13 2B, 43 RBIs, 30 runs, 10 SB

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