Georgia Tech Baseball: Former Jacket Derek Dietrich has career night

Former Georgia Tech baseball star Derek Dietrich had a career night for the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Derek Dietrich is having a career year for the Cincinnati Reds and the former Georgia Tech star had a career night on Tuesday night while also passing his career high for home-runs

The 29-year old third baseman on Tuesday had three home-runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates, moving his season total to 17 home runs on the season. The former Miami Marlin never hit more than 16 home runs in his first six seasons in the Majors but the move to the hitter friendly, Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati has been a tremendous asset to Dietrich’s breakout season. With his three home runs, Dietrich also had six RBI on the evening.

While Dietrich is hitting the ball hard and well against everyone this season, he’s especially killing the Pittsburgh Pirates with seven home runs against the Pirates this season in just 22 at-bats.

Dietrich, a career .253 hitter so far this season is hitting .254 with 17 home runs and 35 RBI this season in just 51 games. With the torrid pace he’s on, Dietrich is projected currently for 50 home runs and 103 RBI this season. Entering this season, he had just 57 career home runs as playing at the pitcher friendly Marlins Park did Dietrich no favors during the first six years of his career.

Dietrich coming out of Georgia Tech was a second round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2010 MLB Draft before eventually being traded to Miami two-years later. Dietrich would make his MLB debut just one season later with the Marlins and would play 608 games with Miami before the Marlins let him go this past off season, despite hitting a career high 16 home runs last season. He then signed a minor-league deal with the Reds in February, a few months later, and Dietrich is one of the most dangerous hitters in all of baseball.

Thanks to Dietrich’s three-home run night on Tuesday, the Reds took down the Pirates 11-6 to improve their record to 26-29 this season.