July 13, 2007
ATLANTA – An update of what the Georgia Tech baseball team has been up to for the first half of the summer:
After 10 Yellow Jackets were taken in the 2007 Major League Baseball draft, six signed professional contracts while two others are playing in the cape.
Danny Payne, a first round supplemental pick by San Diego, began his professional career in Eugene, Ore. with the Eugene Emeralds, and is currently hitting .222 with 25 walks, 12 runs scored and four RBI and is a perfect 8-for-8 in stolen bases. He also has a .449 on-base percentage.
Shortstop Michael Fisher, a sixth-round draft pick by Atlanta, is playing for the Danville Braves, where he is hitting .333 with seven doubles, a triple, two home runs and 17 RBI.
Left-handed pitcher Tim Ladd, a ninth-round selection by Atlanta, is also with the Danville Braves. He has nine strikeouts in four appearances this season, tossing 7.1 innings.
Wally Crancer, a 12th round selection by the Orioles, has begun his career with the Aberdeen Ironbirds. He is hitting .315 with a pair of doubles, two home runs, 10 RBI and six walks.
Jared Hyatt and Ryan Turner, 33rd round and 45th round selections, respectively, by the Texas Rangers, are both playing for the AZL Rangers. Hyatt owns a 4.26 ERA in four appearances (6.1 IP) while Turner has a 2.25 ERA in five appearances, earning one save while striking out eight in 8.1 innings
In the Cape Cod League
Five Yellow Jackets are playing baseball in the Cape. Outfielder Curtis Dupart is with the Cotuit Kettlers, pitcher Chris Hicks and outfielder/first baseman Luke Murton are with the Wareham Gatemen, right-hander Eddie Burns is pitching with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, and infielder Patrick Long is with the Hyannis Mets.
Eddie Burns - 3-0, 5 G, 5 GS, 1.69 ERA, 32 IPCurtis Dupart - .213, 2B, 3B, HR, 7 R, 3 RBI, 6 BB, 3 SBChris Hicks - 3 SV, 8 G, 0.84 ERA 10.2 IPPatrick Long - .194, 2B, 3B, 8 R, 3 RBI, 12 BB, 4 SBLuke Murton - .148, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 5 BB
In the Northwoods League
Nine Yellow Jackets are currently participating in the Northwoods League, including four (pitcher Zach Von Tersch, catcher Jason Haniger, outfielder Chris House and first baseman Tony Plagman) with the Duluth Huskies. Pitcher Andrew Robinson plays for the Alexandria Beetles, pitcher Michael Hutts and infielder Ryan Tinkoff are with the Madison Mallards, infielder Jeff Ussery is with the Green Bay Bullfrogs and pitcher Elliott Ogawa is a member of the Eau Claire Express.
The following are updated stats for the Yellow Jackets, through games of July 12.
Jason Haniger - .250, 10 RBI, 8 2B, 2 SB, .369 SLGChris House - .272, 18 R, 8 2B, 12 SB, 9 RBI, .368 OBPMichael Hutts - 2-2, 3.68 ERA, 7 G, 5 GS, 29.1 IP, 14 K, .263 OppAvg.Elliott Ogawa - 1-1, 1.88 ERA, 5 G, 4 GS, 24.0 IP, 20 KTony Plagman - .169, 2 2B, HR, 6 RBI, 8 BBAndrew Robinson - 2-2, 4.83 ERA, 7 G, 6 GS, 31.2 IP, 24 K, .267 OppAvg.Ryan Tinkoff - .190, 5 BB, 3 SB, .370 OBPJeff Ussery - .162, 4 RBI, 5 BB, .304 OBPZach Von Tersch - 5-2, 1.75 ERA, 7 G, 5 GS, 46.1 IP, 41 K, .180 OppAvg.
Other Summer Assignments
In addition to the Cape Cod and Northwoods Leagues, three other players are participating in summer baseball leagues. Infielder Jason Garofalo is playing for the Covington Lumberjacks in the Valley Baseball League in Virginia, and pitchers Sean Devine and Charlie Blackmon play for the Colleyville Lonestars in the Texas Collegiate League. Blackmon has seen action both on the mound and in the outfield for Colleyville.
Here are the updated stats for the Yellow Jackets playing in the Valley Baseball and Texas Collegiate Leagues:
Charlie Blackmon - 4 APP, 4.2 IP, 5 K; .371, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 BBSean Devine - 2-1, 5.73 ERA, 6 G, 4 GS, 22.0 IP, 16 KJason Garofalo - .202, 14 R, 3 2B, 3B, 9 RBI, 11 BB, 7 SB
Yellow Jacket Signees
Three members of Georgia Tech’s recruiting class were drafted in the 2007 Major League Baseball draft.
Jarrod Parker was taken by the Diamondbacks with the ninth overall pick in the first round; Neil Ramirez was a supplemental round pick by the Rangers; and Derek Dietrich was taken by the Astros in the third round. None have signed professional contracts.
The following incoming freshman are playing this summer:
Zach Brewster - Savannah ChainChase Burnette - East Cobb YankeesBrandon Cumpton - Savannah ChainThomas Nichols - Savannah ChainJeff Rowland - Savannah ChainMatt Simonds - East Cobb Cardinals
Alumni in the Major Leagues
Eight former Yellow Jackets are currently on Major League rosters.
Marlon Byrd, OF, Texas RangersKevin Cameron, RHP, San Diego PadresNomar Garciaparra, 1B, Los Angeles DodgersDavid Newhan, OF, New York MetsMicah Owings, RHP, Arizona DiamondbacksJay Payton, OF, Baltimore OriolesMark Teixeira, 1B, Texas Rangers (on 15-day disabled list)Jason Varitek, C, Boston Red Sox
In the Minor Leagues
Minor League Assignments of former Tech players:
Brandon Boggs, OF, Frisco (AA), Rangers Wally Crancer, OF, Aberdeen (A), Orioles Michael Fisher, SS, Danville (A), Braves Tyler Greene, SS, Springfield (AA), Cardinals (disabled list) Garrett Groce, OF, Vero Beach (A), Devil Rays Tim Gustafson, RHP, Rome (A), Braves Kevin Guyette, RHP, Lancaster (A), Red Sox Wes Hodges, 3B, Kinston (A), Indians Jared Hyatt, RHP, AZL Rangers (R), Rangers Lee Hyde, LHP, Myrtle Beach (A), Braves (disabled list) Steve Kelly, RHP, Chattanooga (AA), Reds Jeff Kindel, OF, Modesto (A), Rockies Andrew Kown, RHP, Erie (AA), Tigers Tim Ladd, LHP, Danville (A), Braves Richard Lewis, 2B, Omaha (AAA), Royals Matt Lorenzo, RHP, Hickory (A), Pirates Andy Mitchell, RHP, Norfolk (AAA), Orioles Matt Murton, OF, Iowa (AAA), Cubs Jason Neighborgall, RHP, Extended Spring Training, Diamondbacks Mike Nickeas, C, St. Lucie (A), Mets Eric Patterson, 2B, Iowa (AAA), Cubs Danny Payne, OF, Eugene (A), Padres Jason Perry, OF, Sacramento (AAA), Athletics Clifton Remole, OF, Rancho Cucamonga (A), Angels Whit Robbins, OF/IF, Beloit (A), Twins Jeremy Slayden, OF, Clearwater (A), Phillies Ryan Turner, LHP, AZL Rangers (R), Rangers Aaron Walker, LHP, Vero Beach (A), Devil Rays (disabled list) Blake Wood, RHP, AZL Royals (A), Royals
Former Tech players in the MLB/MiLB coaching ranks:
Darren Bragg, Hitting Coach, Dayton (A), RedsRiccardo Ingram, Manager, New Britain (AA), Twins