Georgia Tech Baseball: Yellow Jackets 2017 Season Preview

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Jun 21, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; A ball rests on the infield during the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and UCLA Bruins in the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Dave Weaver-USA Today Sports
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The Players:

For 2017, Georgia Tech’s roster features a good bit of experience with six seniors (two redshirt), six juniors (one redshirt), eleven sophomores, and thirteen freshman (one redshirt).

The team features two pre-season All-American’s in juniors Kel Johnson and Trevor Craport, who were both named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason All-Americans in January.

Tech lost batting average and hits leader Matt Gonzalez to the Atlanta Braves in the 2016 MLB Draft. He hit .302 at in 52 games at rookie Danville over the summer. The Jackets also lost runs leader Connor Justus to the Angels. Justus hit .344 in rookie ball, and was advanced to the single-A Burlington Bees.

Hall will be looking to replace pitchers Brandon Gold and Matthew Gorst, who were big contributors to Tech’s success on the mound last season. Both had solid showing in their first partial seasons of professional baseball.

This year’s freshman were part of the 2015 class of signees that were ranked No. 20 in the nation by Perfect Game. Johnson was also named to the Collegiate Baseball 2017 Preseason All-America third team.

Pretty typical for the Yellow Jackets, only five players on Georgia Tech’s 36-man roster are from outside the state of Georgia.

See the full 2017 roster HERE.