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Nissan #ProJackets Baseball Report

Oct. 6, 2016

THE FLATS – While the 2015-16 season has come to an end for the #ProJacket baseball players in the Major Leagues, a number of Yellow Jackets set the tone for what could be long professional careers, others made their MLB debuts, while one particular Jacket ended his 14-year career in a big way with a walk-off grand slam against the rival Boston Red Sox.

Mark Teixeira ended his 14-year MLB career on Oct. 2 in the New York Yankess regular season finale. Over his final 10 games, Teixeira hit .286 with three home runs, two doubles, seven RBIs and eight runs scored.

Teixeira was honored by the Yankees prior to his final game on Oct. 2.

Teixeira’s Retirement Ceremony at Yankee Stadium

A 2016 American League All-Star, Matt Wieters helped clinch an AL Wild Card spot for the Baltimore Orioles going 3-for-8 with two home runs and four RBIs in the final two games of the regular season against the New York Yankees. Baltimore would ultimately fall to the Blue Jays 5-2 in the AL Wild Card Game.

Charlie Blackmon set career numbers across the board offensively in average (.324), hits (187), home runs (29), doubles (35), RBIs (82), runs scored (111), on-base percentage (.381) and slugging percentage (.993). He finished the regular season fourth in the National League in batting average at .324 and was fifth in the National League in both on-base plus slugging at .933 and slugging percentage at .552. Blackmon was twice named the NL Player of the Week and was received the MLBPAA Rockies Heart and Hustle Award.

In his first season with the Cincinnati Reds, Blake Wood made a career-high 70 appearances on the year out of the bullpen, striking out 81 batters over 76.2 innings pitched. He went 6-5 on the season and posted an ERA of 3.99.

Both Jed Bradley and Jake Esch got late call-ups to the big leagues for their respective squads, while Derek Dietrich bounced back from the disabled list in the second half of the season to show he can be an everyday player for the Miami Marlins.

After returning to the Detroit Tigers locker room in September, right-handed hurler Buck Farmer struck out 12 batters in only 13.1 innings of work out of the bullpen.

Below is a complete list of the Baseball #ProJackets in the majors this season.





 #19 / CF

 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: 143
Batting Avg: .324
Hits: 187
Home Runs: 29
RBI: 82
Runs: 111
Stolen Bases: 17
OBP: .381
OPS: .933
SLG: .552

 #72 / P

 Atlanta Braves
 MLB Debut:
 September 3, 2016 (Braves)
 MLB Draft:
2011 (Brewers), 1st round
 Status: Active
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2009-11
 High School: Huntsville
 Hometown: Huntsville, Ala.

 Atlanta Braves
 IP: 7.0
 Record: 1-1
 ERA: 5.14
 SO: 4
 Opp. Avg: .269
 Whip: 1.86

 Biloxi Shuckers
 Mississippi Braves
 Gwinnett Braves

 GP: 35
 GS: 13
 IP: 107.2
 Record: 9-5
 ERA: 3.09
 SO: 108
 Opp. Avg: .257
 WHIP: 1.36

 #6 / RF

 Cleveland Indians
 MLB Debut: Sept. 8, 2002 (Phillies)
 MLB Draft:
1999 (Phillies), 10th round
 Status: MLB Restricted List
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1996
 High School: Sprayberry
 Hometown: Marietta, Ga.

 GP: 34
 Batting Avg: .270
 Hits: 31
 Home Runs: 5
 RBI: 19
 Runs: 11
 Stolen Bases: 0
 OBP: .326
 OPS: .778
 SLG: .452


 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: 128
 Batting Avg: .279 
 Hits: 98
 Home Runs: 7
 RBI: 42
 Runs: 39
 Stolen Bases: 1
 OBP: .374
 OPS: .798
 SLG: .425

 #67 / P

 Miami Marlins
 MLB Debut:
 August 31, 2016 (Marlins)
 MLB Draft:
2011 (Marlins), 11th round
 Status: Active
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2009-11
 High School: Cretin-Derham Hall
 Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.    

 Miami Marlins

 GP: 3
 GS: 3
 IP: 13.0
 ERA: 5.54
 SO: 10
 Opp. Avg:
 WHIP: 1.77

 Jacksonville Suns
 New Orleans Zephyrs

 GP: 26
 Opp. Avg: .269
 WHIP: 1.33

 #45/ P

 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.

 Detroit Tigers

 GP: 14
 IP: 29.1
 Record: 0-1
 ERA: 4.60
 SO: 27
 Opp. Avg: .231
 Whip: 1.53

 Minors (Triple A)
 GP: 20
 GS: 20
 IP: 100.0
 Record: 5-6
 ERA: 3.96
 SO: 93
 Opp. Avg: .271
 Whip: 1.34


 #25/ 1B

 New York Yankees
 MLB Debut: April 1, 2003 (Rangers)
 MLB Draft:
2001 (Rangers), 1st round
 Status: Active
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1999-01
 High School: Mount Saint Joseph
 Hometown: Severna Park, Md.

 GP: 116
 Batting Avg: .204 
 Hits: 79
 Home Runs: 15
 RBI: 44
 Runs: 43
 Stolen Bases: 2
 OBP: .292
 OPS: .654
 SLG: .362

 #32/ C

 Baltimore Orioles 
 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.

 2016 AL All-Star
 GP: 124
 Batting Avg: .243 
 Hits: 103
 Home Runs: 17
 RBI: 66
 Runs: 48
 Stolen Bases: 1
 OBP: .302
 OPS: .711
 SLG: .409

 #36/ P

 Cincinnati Reds
 MLB Debut: May 12, 2010 (Royals)
 MLB Draft:
2006 (Royals), 3rd round
 Status: Active
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2004-07
 High School: North Gwinnett
 Hometown: Suwanee, Ga.

 IP: 76.2
 Record: 6-5
 Save: 1
 ERA: 3.99
 SO: 81
 Opp. Avg: .251
 Whip: 1.43


 #58/ P

 Indianapolis Indians (Triple A)
 MLB Debut: June 15, 2013 (Pirates)
 MLB Draft:
2010 (Pirates), 9th round
 Status: 7-day disabled list (Triple A)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2008-10
 High School: Greenbrier
 Hometown: Evans, Ga.

 Has not pitched due to

Tommy John Surgery

in March 2015

 Cultural Development Coordinator

 Cleveland Indians
 MLB Debut: Sept. 7, 1998 (Braves)
 MLB Draft:
Not drafted out of Tech
 Status: Development Office
 Years at Georgia Tech:
 Attended Tech, but did not play baseball
 Hometown: Panama City, Panama


Was added to the Cleveland

 Indians’ Development Staff

in January 2016



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