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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Baseball Report

THE FLATS — With the 2018-19 baseball season heating up from the transition of spring to summer, Georgia Tech baseball has a number of ProJackets that are having career seasons, highlighted by a pair of former Tech sluggers in Daniel Palka and Matt Skole that are making the best of their first year at the highest level together for the Chicago White Sox.

Making his debut on Memorial Day, Skole made it memorable, as the ProJacket picked up a base hit in his first career Major League at bat and then blasted a home run later in the game to top off his first game with the White Sox.

Chicago Tribune: White Sox rookie Matt Skole: ‘Couldn’t have dreamed’ of a better major-league debut

Palka, who made his MLB debut with the White Sox just a month ago, has been hot as of late hitting .317 with two home runs, two triples, two doubles, two RBIs and six runs scored over his last 10 games. The MLB rookie has more than staked his claim for a spot in the White Sox outfielder for the remainder of the season.

Charlie Blackmon continues to play at an all-star level, as the center fielder has hit .302 with a triple, two doubles, two RBIs and 10 runs scored over the Colorado Rockies’ last 10 games, while he ranks sixth in the National League this season in home runs with 12 and second in runs scored with 43.

After a slow start to the season, Derek Dietrich has found his swing, as the outfielder is hitting .326 with two home runs, eight RBIs and eight runs scored over his last 15 games in a Miami Marlins’ lineup that has struggled all season long.

On the mound, Buck Farmer picked up his first win of the year out of the bullpen versus the White Sox on May 25 and has struck out 30 batters over 25.1 innings of work for the Detroit Tigers, while Deck McGuire was reassigned to the minors after not one, but two call ups to the Toronto Blue Jays in May. McGuire appeared in four games for the Blue Jays, striking out seven in 8.1 innings of work.

Veteran catcher Matt Wieters is back on the 10-day disabled list, while fellow ProJacket Blake Wood had his season cut short due to an arm injury and will undergo Tommy John surgery to fix a tear of the graft of his previous surgery.

Fox Sports: Angels lose yet another pitcher to Tommy John surgery in Blake Wood

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

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: 61
Batting Avg: .286
Hits: 70
Home Runs: 13
Triples: 4
Doubles: 8
RBIs: 31
Runs: 50
Stolen Bases: 4
OBP: .366
OPS: .876
SLG: .510
Derek Dietrich
#32 / OF

Miami Marlins
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: 62
Batting Avg: .285
Hits: 63
Home Runs: 8
Triples: 1
Doubles: 12
RBIs: 25
Runs: 30
Stolen Bases: 1
OBP: .335
OPS: .792
SLG: .457
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: 30.1
Record: 1-3
Save: 0
ERA: 5.93
SO: 31
Opp. Avg: .306
Whip: 1.81
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: 38
Batting Avg: .252
Hits: 33
Home Runs: 6
Triples: 3
Doubles: 8
RBIs: 22
Runs: 16
Stolen Bases: 2
OBP: .295
OPS: .791
SLG: .496
Matt Wieters
#32 / C

Washington Nationals
MLB Debut: May 29, 2009 (Orioles)
MLB Draft: 2007 (Orioles), 1st round
Status: Disabled List - 10 day
Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-07
High School: Stratford
Hometown: Goose Creek, S.C.
GP: 23
Batting Avg: .231
Hits: 15
Home Runs: 3
Doubles: 1
RBIs: 7
Runs: 6
Stolen Bases: 0
OBP: .342
OPS: .727
SLG: .385
Blake Wood
#46 / P

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
MLB Debut: May 12, 2010 (Royals)
MLB Draft: 2006 (Royals), 3rd round
Status: Disabled List - 60 day
Years at Georgia Tech: 2004-07
High School: North Gwinnett
Hometown: Suwanee, Ga.
* Out for season due to Tommy John surgery
PLAYERCurrent Team (MLB Team)LevelMiLB Bioat Tech2018-19 Season Stats
Luke BardRochester Red Wings (Twins)AAABIO2010-1211 GP, 0-0, 2.65 ERA, 1 save, 17.0 IP, 19 SO, 1.06 WHIP

* with the Angels (MLB)
8 GP, 0-0, 5.40 ERA, 11.2 IP, 13 SO, 1.29 WHIP
Sam ClayChattanooga Lookouts (Twins)AABIO2013-1413 GP, 1-3, 1 save, 7.25 ERA, 22.1 IP, 25 SO, 1.88 WHIP
Trevor CraportDelmarva Shoebirds (Orioles)ABIO2015-1757 GP, .261 avg., 52 hits, 7 HR, 1 3B, 9 2B, 33 RBIs, 36 runs, 3 SB

South Atlantic League All-Star
Brandon CumptonSouthern Maryland Blue CrabsIndependentBIO2008-108 GP, 8 GS, 3-2, 5.63 ERA, 46.1 IP, 27 K, 1.51 WHIP
Jake EschSt. Paul Saints IndependentBIO2009-115 GP, 5 GS, 3-1, 5.26 ERA, 25.2 IP, 27 K, 1.64 WHIP
Brandon GoldLancaster JetHawks (Rockies)A (Adv)BIO2014-1613 GP, 13 GS, 5-3, 5.79 ERA, 73.0 IP, 50 SO, 1.56 WHIP
Matthew GorstSalem Red Sox (Red Sox)A (Adv)BIO2014-1619 GP, 1-2, 8 saves, 1.65 ERA, 27.1 IP, 30 SO, 0.99 WHIP

Carolina League All-Star
Matthew GrimesBowie Baysox (Orioles)AABIO2011-1415 GP, 1 GS, 0-0, 3.60 ERA, 35.0 IP, 24 SO, 1.31 WHIP
Dusty IsaacsBuffalo Bisons (Blue Jays)
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays)
AAABIO2011-14Overall in 2018:
19 GP, 3-1, 4.30 ERA, 29.1 IP, 27 SO, 1.67 WHIP

* with Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A)
6 GP, 1-0, 6.30 ERA, 10.0 IP, 8 SO, 2.00 WHIP
Connor JustusMobile BayBears (Angels)AABIO2014-1654 GP, .193 avg., 34 hits, 1 3B, 8 2B, 13 RBIs, 25 runs
Deck McGuireBuffalo Bisons (Blue Jays)AAABIO2008-10* Designated for Assignment

Minors in 2018:
8 GP, 8 GS, 4-2, 3.22 ERA, 44.2 IP, 40 SO, 1.16 WHIP

* with the Toronto Blue Jays (MLB)
4 GP, 0-0, 6.48 ERA, 8.1 IP, 7 SO, 1.68 WHIP
Arden PabstBradenton Marauders (Pirates)A (Adv)BIO2014-1632 GP, .265 avg., 31 hits, 5 HR, 9 2B, 20 RBIs, 12 runs, 2 SB

Florida State League All-Star
Ryan PeurifoyWest Virginia Power (Pirates)ABIO2014-1738 GP, .183 avg., 21 hits, 3 HR, 8 2B, 11 RBIs, 16 runs
Zac RyanInland Empire 66ers (Angels)A (Adv)BIO2014-1720 GP, 3-1, 3.86 ERA, 37.1 IP, 40 SO, 1.37 WHIP
Matt SkoleCharlotte Knights (White Sox)AAABIO2009-1048 GP, .249 avg. 43 hits, 6 HR, 1 3B, 13 2B, 16 RBIs, 23 runs, 1 SB

* Chicago White Sox (MLB)
4 GP, .253 avg., 3 hits, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 runs
Daniel SpingolaTennessee Smokies
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs)
AABIO2012-1541 GP, .211 avg., 28 hits, 2 HR, 8 2B, 10 RBIs, 16 runs, 1 SB
Kyle WrenColorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers)AAABIO2011-1337 GP, .310 avg., 36 hits, 2 HR, 1 3B, 5 2B, 26 RBIs, 19 runs, 6 SB


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