2018 (Sophomore): Did not compete.
2017 (Freshman): Appeared in seven games out of the bullpen for the Jackets … Threw 4.1 innings out of the bullpen … Struck out three batters … Made his Yellow Jackets’ debut on the mound versus Youngstown State (Feb. 26) … Recorded his first career strikeout at Wake Forest (Mar. 25) … Struck out a season-high two hitters in one inning of work versus No. 2 Louisville (April 14) … Threw a perfect 1-2-3 inning versus No. 5 Clemson (April 2) … Did not allow a run over 0.2 innings versus No. 8 Virginia (May 19) … Also pitched at Miami (Mar. 12) and at Duke (May 13) … Came on to play first base in the ninth inning in the home win over Georgia Southern (May 16).
Before Tech: Four-year letterwinner in baseball at St. Pius X Catholic High School under coaches J.T. Gilbert and Chad Garrison … Tabbed a Louisville Slugger all-American and an Under Armour all-American in 2016 … Also a 2016 Perfect Game/Rawlings honorable mention all-American honoree … A PG southeast all-region first team selection in 2016 … A 2015 PG underclass first team all-American and a 2014 PG underclass high honorable mention all-American … Ranked as high as No. 6 in the state of Georgia and No. 65 nationally by Perfect Game among right handed pitchers in the class of 2016 … Rated No. 24 overall in the state of Georgia in the 2016 class … A 2016 all-state selection in his senior season … Played in the DeKalb County East-West All-Star Game his senior year … Guided his high school team to back-to-back regional championship titles in 2014 and 2015 … Also lettered for three years on the football team … Played in the Rising Seniors All-Star Football Game … Helped lead his team to the 2013 regional championship title in football … Also played for the Atlanta Roughriders from 2008-14, the Ninth Inning Royals in 2014-15, Team Elite Prime and the East Cobb Yankees in 2016 … A member of the 18U East Cobb team that won the 2016 Connie Mack World Series and the 2016 WWBA National Championship … He threw a no-hitter in the semifinals of the Connie Mack World Series … A George B. Maloof Award winner.
Personal: Full name is Garrett Sanders Gooden … Born on Feb. 26, 1998 in Atlanta, Ga. … Son of Leo and Elizabeth Gooden … Has an older sibling named Devin … Father, Leo, is a Georgia Tech graduate … Started playing baseball at the age of four … Lists his most memorable athletic accomplishment as hitting five home runs over the first four playoff games his senior year of high school … Chose Tech because of the baseball team, the great academics and a chance for a great future … Intends to major in business administration.