See how six Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket baseball alumni did in the first month of the 2018 Major League Baseball season.
Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies:
One of the best players in all of baseball, Charlie Blackmon got off to another hart start on the season. The Rockies outfielder hit .281 in the first month of the season collecting nine home runs and 17 RBI. Blackmon also signed a contract extension early last month that will keep him in Colorado for the next six-years.
Derek Dietrich – Miami Marlins
The first month of the season was up-and-down for Dietrich who appeared in 28 games for the Marlins in March and April. One of the lone remaining returning starters for the Marlins, Dietrich has spent most of his time batting lead off and playing left field for Miami. In 118 at-bats, Dietrich hit at a .241/.285/.362 slash with three home runs and nine RBI. The negative for Dietrich is in his 118 at-bats he has struck out 31 times while walking just three.
Buck Farmer – Detroit Tigers:
The five-year veteran is off to a rough start on the mound for the Detroit Tigers this season. Farmer has appeared in 13 games. Over those 13 games, Farmer has allowed eight earned runs on 18 hits and 10 walks. Farmer last season struggled for the Tigers pitching his way to a 6.75 ERA over 11 appearances.
Daniel Palka – Chicago White Sox:
Palka made his MLB debut on April 25th and has appeared in five games this season for the Chicago White Sox. Palka hit his first career home run on April 28th against the Kansas City Royals and is off to a quality start reaching base in six of his first 16 plate appearances.
Matt Wieters – Washington Nationals:
In his second year with the Nationals, Wieters is off to a slow start while playing in 16 of Washington’s first 30-games. The former first-round pick is hitting .200/.333/.400 this season with three home runs and five RBI. Last season was disappointing for the four-time All-Star as he hit just .225 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI.
Blake Wood – Los Angeles Angels:
The Los Angeles Angels heavily used Wood in the first month of the season as the 32-year old righthander pitched in 13 games, totaling 11.2 innings pitched. Wood was able to collect one win over his 13 games while also posting a 2.31 ERA after allowing runs in each of his last three appearances after ten appearances without allowing an earned run. Wood last appeared in a game on April 21st and was placed on the Angels 10-day disabled list on the 23rd with an undisclosed injruy
Player of the Month: Charlie Blackmon
Our first player of the month award goes out to the Rockies star for his first month. Blackmon has been amongst the leaders in home runs the entire season so far and is on pace for an amazing season including 51 home runs which would surpass his career high of 37 set last season. Blackmon got off to a good start in May, with a homerun and two RBI through the first two days of the month.