Georgia Tech baseball saw star catcher Kyle McCann sign with the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.
Kyle McCann will begin his professional baseball career in the upcoming days as the star catcher signed with the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.
McCann, a superb power hitter was a fourth round draft pick of the Athletics in last week’s 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He was one of seven Yellow Jackets drafted, tying for the program’s most in one draft this decade. Out of those seven draftees, five of them were expected to sign. Yesterday, Connor Thomas also signed with the St.Louis Cardinals.
1B Tristin English (third round – Arizona Diamondbacks), RHP Xzavion Curry (seventh round – Cleveland Indians), and INF Chase Murray (13th round – Pittsburgh Pirates) are still expected to sign in the upcoming days or weeks. Amos Willingham and Luke Waddell we’re both selected as well but we’d expect them to return to Georgia Tech for next season.
McCann of course only had one year as the starting catcher, replacing second overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, Joey Bart. McCann, did a helluva a job replacing Bart, hitting .299/.468/.674 over the course of 62 games and 221 at bats. McCann ok the season hit a team leading 23 home runs, just two short of tying the program record. He also had 12 doubles and a lone triple on the season while driving in 70 for the season.
McCann will now look to create his own legacy in the professional ranks while looking to continue Georgia Tech’s history of developing premier talent at the premium position. The Jackets also of course have produced names like Jason Varitek and Matt Wieters, and of course Joey Bart. All under current head coach Danny Hall.