THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball sophomore catcher Kevin Parada (Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) continues to be lauded ahead of the 2022 season, receiving his third second-team all-America honor of the preseason from Baseball America.
The honor comes on the heels of being named second-team preseason all-America by Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game. Baseball America’s all-America teams are voted on by the scouting departments of major league organizations.
Parada was a consensus freshman all-American last season after making 48 starts behind the dish and leading the ACC in hitting the entire first half of the season. He would inevitably “cool” slightly to finish top 20 in the league with a team-best .318, becoming the first freshman to lead Georgia Tech in hitting since Matt Murton in 2001.
The California native also led the ACC with 20 doubles through the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and recorded four four-hit games on the season – only two other ACC players had three games.
Parada was praised following his freshman campaign, being named a freshman all-American by D1Baseball, Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game, as well as ABCA/Rawlings All-Southeast Region second-team, third-team all-ACC and the ACC’s all-freshman team. He was also selected to be a member of the 2021 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team last summer.
Parada returns to No. 11-ranked Georgia Tech baseball as one of the top MLB prospects as a draft-eligible sophomore, leading a deeply talented Yellow Jacket roster. In total, Tech sports seven players ranked in Perfect Game’s top 300 MLB prospects and four in D1Baseball’s top 100 prospects list.
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