June 14, 2017
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech junior Trevor Craport (Norcross, Ga.), senior Zac Ryan (Valparaiso, Ind.) and senior Ryan Peurifoy (Peachtree City, Ga.) were all selected Wednesday in the third day of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Craport was chosen in the 11th round (No. 338 overall) by the Baltimore Orioles as a utility player, while Ryan was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 23rd round (No. 685 overall). Peurifoy was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 38th round (No. 1138 overall).
This marks the 37th-straight year in which the Yellow Jackets have had a student-athlete picked in the MLB Draft, a streak that started back in 1981 with the selection of Tommy Thompson by the Kansas City Royals. It is also the 17th-straight year in which Georgia Tech has had multiple players drafted in the same year.
An all-ACC third team selection in 2017, Craport hit .336 on the season with five home runs, two triples and 20 doubles. His 79 hits were second on the team, as were his 20 doubles and two triples. His 30 RBIs ranked sixth on the team, while his 44 runs were second overall for the Yellow Jackets on the year.
Starting and playing all 55 games this past year, Craport led the team with 26 multi-hit games. He also posted five multi-RBI games and tallied a career-high 11-game hitting streak on the season.
For his career at Tech, Craport, who spent his first year on the pitching staff for the Jackets in 2015, has played in 118 games. He has hit .343 with 12 home runs, three triples and 35 doubles. He has totaled 149 hits, 61 RBIs and 84 runs scored, while posting a .521 slugging percentage and a .406 on-base percentage overall. He has also struck out just 51 times out of 434 at bats, an average of 8.5 at bats between strikeouts, and has stolen 12 bases.
Craport, who was a 2017 NCBWA preseason third team all-America selection, is a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member and was also named to the 2016 Academic all-ACC team.
Ryan closed out his four-year career on The Flats as the closer for the Jackets in 2017. The right-hander posted a 3-5 record overall on the season with a team-high five saves and a team-low ERA of 3.33. He threw a total of 46.0 innings in 27 appearances out of the bullpen, striking out 42 batters compared to just 22 walks.
Over his four-year career at Tech, Ryan posted a record of 16-12 overall with 14 saves. He appeared in 89 games, starting 12, and threw a total of 166.1 innings. He posted a 4.65 ERA and struck out a total of 135 batters.
A 2016 Louisville Slugger preseason all-America third team selection, his 89 appearances on the mound is tied for ninth all-time in Tech history (Dusty Isaacs – 2011-14), while his 14 career saves ranks eighth all-time. His .900 winning percentage (9-1) in 2015 ranks as the 13th best mark in the Jackets’ single season history, while his seven saves that same season is tied for 15th all-time.
In his final season in a Jackets uniform, Peurifoy hit .295 with seven home runs, a triple, 11 doubles and 21 walks. The senior outfielder totaled 59 hits, which was fourth overall on the team, and registered 33 RBIs and 31 runs scored. He finished his senior season out on a high note, as he hit .372 with three home runs, five doubles and 17 RBIs over his last 21 games of the year, which included a career-high 18-game hitting streak.
For his four-year career at Tech, Peurifoy hit .282 with 12 home runs, five triples and 33 doubles. He also tallied 181 hits, 86 RBIs and 90 runs scored in a total of 209 games. The centerfielder’s 19 career outfield assists ranks second all-time among outfielders in Georgia Tech history.
Also drafted on day three of the MLB Draft was 2017 signees Oscar Serratos (Lawrenceville, Ga.) who was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 14th round (No. 432 overall), Colin Hall (Alpharetta, Ga.) who was picked by the Colorado Rockies in the 39th round (No. 1166 overall) and Baron Radcliff (Peachtree Corners, Ga.) who was chosen by the Atlanta Braves in the 40th round (No. 1190 overall).