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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Baseball Report

THE FLATS – It isn’t hyperbole to call what Charlie Blackmon has done over the last five games “unbelievable,” and that’s exactly what Colorado Rockies teammate Nolan Arenado called the #ProJacket’s recent performance.

Blackmon became the first player in franchise history to record five consecutive three-hit games and the first MLB player to do so since Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve did it from July 4-9 in 2017. “I mean, he’s probably physically worn down from running the bases and getting too many hits. It’s that crazy,” Arenado said.

The MLB record for consecutive three-hit games is six, as set by the Kansas City Royals’ George Brett in 1976 and Brooklyn Robins’ Jimmy Johnston in 1923. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Blackmon is just the 12th player since 1901 to accomplish the five-consecutive-game streak.

Over the last five games, Blackmon has 18 hits total — just one shy of the modern major-league record for most hits in any five-game span (also held by Johnston). Since coming off the IL on June 8 (a strained right calf), Blackmon is hitting .510 (25-for-49) with six home runs and 16 RBI.

Another power #ProJacket this season has been Derek Dietrich, who has taken Cincinnati by storm in the wake of Scooter Gennett’s injury. Whether its hitting go-ahead home runs, which he’s done on more than one occasion this season, or just mashing home runs to begin with, Dietrich has shined this season. Eighteen of Dietrich’s 38 hits this season have been bombs.

Yahoo! Sports: Dietrich has also been lauded for “exuding swag”, but does so in a way that doesn’t take itself too seriously or put down others.

Buck Farmer continues to hold it down on the mound for the Detroit Tigers. En route to getting a rare start and showing real value in the starting spot, Farmer has worked to four wins on the year and a 4.88 ERA in 32 appearances overall. He’s struck out 32 and issued just 10 walks.

After a cold start to the season, Daniel Palka was optioned to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights on April 18, where he ignited his bat. He hit .364/.493/.818 with eight home runs and 16 RBI in 15 games in May and has won International League Player of the Week honors. He’s settled some in June, hitting just .254, but has 12 hits, one home run and five RBI in his last 10 games.

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: 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: 56
Batting Avg: .341
Hits: 85
Home Runs:
16
Triples: 6
Doubles: 18
RBIs:
47
Runs: 51
Stolen Bases: 2
OBP: .389
OPS: 1.044
SLG: .655

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: 66
Batting Avg: .235
Hits: 38
Home Runs:
18
Triples: 1
Doubles:
4
RBIs:
39
Runs: 29
Stolen Bases: 1
OBP: .346
OPS: .950
SLG: .605

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: 32
IP:
27.2
Record: 4-4
Saves: 0
ERA: 4.88
SO: 32
Opp. Avg: .287
WHIP: 1.589

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.
***Has been with Triple-A Knights since April 18***

GP:
13
Batting Avg:
.029
Hits: 1
Home Runs: 0
Triples: 0
Doubles: 0
RBIs: 2
Runs: 0
Stolen Bases: 0
OBP: .190
OPS: .219
SLG: .029

Matt Wieters
#32 / C

St. Louis Cardinals
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: 25
Batting Avg: .220
Hits: 13
Home Runs: 
3
Doubles: 2
RBIs:
10
Runs: 13
Stolen Bases: 1
OBP: .242
OPS: .649
SLG: .407


Yellow Jackets in the Minors/Independent Leagues

 

Joey Bart – San Jose Giants (Giants) – Class A Advanced
2018 stats: 51 GP, .294 avg., 60 hits, 13 HR, 3 3B, 15 2B, 40 RBIs, 38 runs
2019 stats: 21 GP, .247 avg., 19 hits, 5 HR, 4 2B, 1 3B, 15 RBI, 15 runs

Sam Clay – Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Twins) – Double-A
2018 stats:  34 GP, 1 GS, 2-6, 1 save, 5.88 ERA, 52.0 IP, 61 SO, 1.73 WHIP
2019 stats: 23 GP, 1 GS, 0-2, 5 saves, 2.88 ERA, 34.1 IP, 35 SO, 1.51 WHIP

Trevor Craport – Frederick Keys (Orioles) – Class A Advanced
2018 stats: 122 GP, .256 avg., 112 hits, 11 HR, 4 3B, 26 2B, 72 RBIs, 68 runs, 4 SB
2019 stats: 42 GP, .226 avg., 33 hits, 3 HR, 1 3B, 8 2B, 22 RBI, 17 runs, 3 SB

Brandon Gold – Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies) – Double-A
2018 stats: 27 GP, 27 GS, 9-9, 5.44 ERA, 154.0 IP, 121 SO, 1.53 WHIP
2019 stats: 13 GP, 13 GS, 6-4, 3.76 ERA, 67.0 IP, 55 SO, 1.33 WHIP

Matthew Gorst – Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox) – Double-A
2018 stats: 40 GP, 3-4, 9 saves, 1.84 ERA, 68.1 IP, 58 SO, 0.93 WHIP
2019 stats: 21 GP, 1-5, 2 saves, 2.32 ERA, 31.0 IP, 23 SO, 1.26 WHIP

Dusty Isaacs – Buffalo Bisons (Blue Jays) – Triple-A
2018 stats: 44 GP, 4-4, 2 saves, 5.10 ERA, 60.0 IP, 64 SO, 1.53 WHIP
2019 stats: 16 GP, 1-0, 0 saves, 4.97 ERA, 25.1 IP, 34 SO, 1.18 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
2019 stats: 60 GP, .189 avg., 33 hits, 1 HR, 0 3B, 7 2B, 12 RBI, 17 runs, 6 SB

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
2019 stats: 36 GP, .232 avg., 29 hits, 2 HR, 3 3B, 2 2B, 16 RBI, 10 runs, 0 SB

Ryan Peurifoy – Altoona Curve (Pirates) – Double-A
2018 stats: 80 GP, .191 avg., 47 hits, 3 HR, 3 3B, 16 2B, 24 RBIs, 31 runs, 4 SB
2019 stats: 21 GP, .119 avg., 5 hits, 1 HR, 0 3B, 0 2B, 1 RBI, 6 runs, 0 SB

Zac Ryan – Salt Lake Bees (Angels) – Triple-A
2018 stats: 42 GP, 4-5, 3 saves, 4.56 ERA, 71.0 IP, 75 SO, 1.51 WHIP
2019 stats: 17 GP, 3-2, 3 saves, 5.00 ERA, 27.0 IP, 32 SO, 1.44 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
2019 stats: 57 GP, .258 avg., 51 hits, 17 HR, 10 2B, 39 RBI, 40 runs

Kyle Wren – Louisville Bats (Reds) – Triple-A
2018 stats: 84 GP, .263 avg., 69 hits, 3 HR, 2 3B, 13 2B, 43 RBIs, 30 runs, 10 SB
2019 stats: 19 GP, .220 avg., 11 hits, 3 3B, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 7 runs, 1 SB

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