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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Baseball Report

THE FLATS – Six #ProJackets earned spots on their respective clubs’ Opening Day rosters as the 2019 MLB season began on Thursday, March 28.

Leading all former Yellow Jackets was Derek Dietrich, who signed a new contract with the Cincinnati Reds, only to capitalize on a pinch-hitting at-bat, launching a no-doubter deep for a go-ahead three-run bomb. It was only one at-bat but it sent a message that Dietrich, who had success in Spring ball, is ready for the season.

Derek Dietrich crushes 3-run HR to lift Cincinnati Reds to first Opening Day win since 2016

Daniel Palka had the kind of rookie season that players dream about, being the Chicago White Sox’ home run leader last year. Now with a full offseason under his belt, he’s looking for more and looking to do it in the White Sox organization, even if he doesn’t see as many at-bats this season. Palka got the Opening Day start in right field, but largely because Jon Jay was on the injured list. Palka finished his first game of 2019 0-for-3, but recorded an RBI and drew a walk in the 5-3 loss to the Royals.

Charlie Blackmon began another year with the Colorado Rockies, this time playing in right field. Blackmon is expected to have another fine season, but started the season sluggish with an 0-for-5 outing on Opening Day in the Rockies 6-3 win over the Marlins.

After a hard-fought battle to make the Detroit Tigers bullpen during training camp, Buck Farmer once again found himself on the Tigers’ 25-man roster on Wednesday. Farmer is expected to work in the early to middle innings throughout the season.

Also working hard on the mound this offseason was Luke Bard, who with the Los Angeles Angels, made his ninth appearance in the last year, allowing just one hit over an inning of work, striking out one. In five spring outings, he allowed two hits and one run, with nine strikeouts and no walks. His spring ERA is 1.59; his WHIP, 0.35.

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

 

MLB

PLAYER

2019 SEASON STATS

Luke Bard
#39 / RHP

Los Angeles Angels
MLB Debut: March 31, 2018 (Angels)
MLB Draft: 2012 (Twins), 1st round
Status: Active
Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-12
High School:
Charlotte Christian
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
GP: 1
IP:
1.0
Record: 0-0
Saves: 0
ERA: 0.00
SO: 1
Opp. Avg: .250
WHIP:Β 1.000

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.
GP: 1
Batting Avg: .000
Hits: 0
Home Runs:
0
Triples: 0
Doubles: 0
RBIs:
0
Runs: 0
Stolen Bases: 0
OBP: .000
OPS: .000
SLG: .000

Derek Dietrich
#22 / OF
Cincinnati Reds
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: 1
Batting Avg: 1.000
Hits: 1
Home Runs:
1
Triples: 0
Doubles: 0

RBIs: 3

Runs: 1
Stolen Bases: 0
OBP: 1.000
OPS: 5.000
SLG: 4.000

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: 0
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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: 1
Batting Avg:
.000
Hits: 0
Home Runs: 0
Triples: 0
Doubles: 0
RBIs: 1
Runs: 0
Stolen Bases: 0
OBP: .250
OPS: .250
SLG: .000

Matt Wieters
#32 / C

St. Louis Cardinals
MLB Debut:
May 29, 2009 (Orioles)
MLB Draft:
2007 (Orioles), 1st round
Status:Β Active
Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-07
High School:
Stratford
Hometown: Goose Creek, S.C.
GP: 0
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Yellow Jackets in the Minors/Independent Leagues

 

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:Β  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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