Last month, the Georgia Tech Baseball team saw several players get drafted including three Jackets in the first ten rounds. Today, we look at four Jackets who signed deals with their respective clubs and how they’re professional careers are starting out.
English is playing for the Arizona Diamondback’s Low-A team, the Hillsboro Hops in Hillsboro, Oregon. English is off to a good start in his career so far, hitting .267/.324/.433 with two doubles, one home run, and five RBI through his first eight games and 34 at-bats.
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The power hitting catcher was a fourth round pick of the Athletics and is off to a good start in the professional ranks. Through 18 games, McCann has 18 hits in 74 at-bats and is putting up a strong slash of .281/.418/.530 while hitting three home runs and driving in 10.
The junior infielder was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 13th round. Murray has been assigned to the Pirates, rookie ball affiliate the Bristol Pirates of the Appalachian League. Murray through eight games has six hits in 30 at-bats, good enough for a .200 batting average while he’s reaching base 31.4% the time. It’s been a tough start for Murray to start but there’s plenty of time for him to turn around his season.
Thomas drafted by the St.Louis Cardinals in the fifth round of this year’s draft, Thomas has been assigned to Low-A affiliate State College Spikes in State College, Pennsylvania. State College is also home to Penn State University. Thomas is 2-0 so far in his career with a 4.66 ERA through three games and 9.2 innings pitched. So far he’s struck out 12 and has yet to walk a batter.
So far, Georgia Tech’s 2019 draftees are looking strong in their professional debuts. These five players have been keys to the Jackets success the last few years and will be dearly missed in 2020. We’ll check in with these five players again at the beginning of next month as they finish their first full month of professional baseball.