June 6, 2014
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech sophomore left-handed pitcher Sam Clay was selected Friday by the Minnesota Twins in the fourth round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Clay – a draft-eligible sophomore as he turns 21 within 45 days of the draft — becomes the 18th Georgia Tech draftee since 2011 with nine of them coming in the top five rounds. In the four years prior (2007-10), just six of the 31 picks were in the top-five rounds.
The draft concludes Saturday with rounds 11-40.
Sam Clay – Sophomore – LHP – Buford, Ga. (Buford)
Posted the second-lowest ERA in Tech history this season with his 1.26 in 57.1 innings and a team-best 31 appearances
Went 4-1 on the mound and led the Yellow Jackets with eight saves
Did not allow a run over his final six appearances, including all four stints in postseason play
Two of his four wins and three of his eight saves came in the final month
Pitched in five of Tech’s six shutout victories this season
He is the 17th left-handed pitcher drafted out of Georgia Tech and the first since David Duncan in 2008 by Houston
He is the 10th Tech player drafted by the Minnesota Twins and the first Tech left-handed pitcher chosen by the organization
The last Yellow Jacket drafted by the Twins was RHP Luke Bard in 2012
Becomes the 186th all-time Yellow Jacket draft pick (121st under head coach Danny Hall) and the program’s 56th top-five rounder (38th under Hall)
Was not drafted out of high school
Georgia Tech Players In 2013 MLB Draft (thru 10 rounds)
Rd. (Pick), Name, Year, Pos., Team
4 (110) Sam Clay, So., LHP, Minnesota Twins