Senior infielder Wade Bailey is the second player to be featured in our 2018 Georgia Tech Baseball player previews.
Senior infielder Wade Bailey looks to finish his college career on a high note after making 167 career starts through his first three seasons.
Bailey’s junior season was without a doubt the best season he’s had while at Georgia Tech. The Villa Rica, Georgia native was one of the best hitters in the entire country, hitting .347/.420/.538 with six home runs and 38 RBI. He also had a 17-game hitting streak while reaching base 27 consecutive games at one point as well.
All of his numbers were career highs and have increased each year so far. when it comes to his fielding, Bailey once again had a career year, with his fewest amount of errors, with just eight. He also helped turn 34 double plays in 55 games last season.
As said above, each season Bailey has improved on his past numbers. If he is going to improve his numbers in 2018, he’s going to put up some spectacular numbers. That being said, if he doesn’t improve on his junior season, that’s alright.
Either way, the Jackets are going to have a fantastic hitter at the top of their order and a strong fielder up the middle. Bailey will be one of the biggest parts of the Jackets lineup this season and is arguably the second most important player for the Jackets, only behind star catcher Joey Bart.
Bart will have high expectations to live up to in 2018 as he’s already been named a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
With a strong senior season, Bailey should boost his MLB Draft stock as he could become one of the better middle infield prospects available in this year’s upcoming draft.