ATLANTA (June 7) — Three Georgia Tech players, left-handed pitcher Chuck Crowder (Mantua, Ohio), catcher Eric McQueen (Winder, Ga.), and left-handed pitcher Simon Young (Flowery Branch, Ga.), as well as six incoming freshmen, were selected in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft on June 3-4.
In six years as Georgia Tech, head coach Danny Hall has sent 18 players into professional baseball, not including Crowder and catcher McQueen, who have finished their eligibility at Tech and will join that group. Crowder was 10-5 with a 3.62 ERA this year and finished his college career with 33 victories, third on the all-time Tech list. McQueen batted .311 with 11 home runs and 37 RBI this year, finishing his career with 35 home runs and 147 RBI. Young just finished his junior year with a career-best 7-4 record and 4.10 ERA, and has one more year remaining at Tech.
The addition of Crowder and McQueen to the pro ranks will give Georgia Tech 30 alumni active in professional baseball, including seven players at the major league level.
Six of the 10 high school players who signed letters-of-intent to play at Tech next year were selected, four of them in the first six rounds. That brings the number of Tech signees drafted in the past two years to 16. Last year, 10 of the 16 incoming players the Yellow Jackets had signed were selected in the draft, and six of those enrolled at Tech.
Following is a list of Georgia Tech baseball players and signees who were taken in the 50-round draft.
Players, Class Pos. Hometown Round/Pick Drafting teamChuck Crowder, Sr. LHP Mantua, Ohio 4th/130 Colorado RockiesEric McQueen, Sr. C Winder, Ga. 14th/430 Colorado RockiesSimon Young, Jr. LHP Flowery Branch, Ga. 48th/1,425 Cleveland IndiansSignees Pos. Hometown Round/Pick Drafting teamRichard Stahl LHP Covington, Ga. 1st/18 Baltimore OriolesAron Weston OF Solon, Ohio 3rd/92 Pittsburgh PiratesTyler Parker C Marietta, Ga. 6th/196 New York MetsJon Henry Kail OF Pittsburgh, Pa. 6th/199 Boston Red SoxKyle Colton RHP Orlando, Fla. 23rd/714 Atlanta BravesPhilip Perry RHP Marietta, Ga. 41st/1,245 New York Mets