Palka becomes the 17th player in school history to earn first-team honors
Junior who continues the Georgia Tech tradition of outstanding shortstops ... Wears jersey No. 5, the same number worn by former Tech shortstops Nomar Garciaparra and Victor Menocal ... Has great speed on the bases ... Excellent range at shortstop ... Blossomed with the glove last season, and became one of the top defensive shortstops in the nation ... Has good power at the plate and will be a key factor in the middle of the Tech lineup this spring.
A second-round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves who opted to attend Georgia Tech instead ... The highest drafted player to enroll at Tech ... A first-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2005 draft.
2005: A first-team preseason all-America selection by Baseball America ... First team All-ACC shortstop ... Also a first-team All-America by Baseball America, USA TODAY Sports Weekly and Collegiate Baseball ... Had a career-long 18-game hitting streak snapped on Mar. 27 at Miami ... Went 5-for-11 in two games vs. Rutgers (2/25-2/26) ... Went 6-for-17 with two hime runs and five RBI at Duke (3/4-3/6) ... Hit two grand slams, one inside the park, in the series vs. Wake Forest (3/11-3/13) and had 10 RBI in the three games ... Had a walk off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning in the series finale vs. NC State (3/20) as Tech rallied for a 11-10 win ... Went 4-for-6 with a home run and five runs scored in Tech 17-7 rout at Miami (3/26) ... Drove in a career-high eight runs vs. Maryland (4/3) and hit his third grand slam of the season ... Had 10 RBI in the three-game series against the Terrapins ... belted his third grand slam of the season while driving in a career-high eight runs 4/3 vs. Maryland....added fourth grand slam 5/15 vs. Virginia Tech....named Most Valuable Player of ACC Tournament
2004: Tech's regular starter at shortstop who started 64 of 65 games ... Much improved with his defense and displayed a steady - at times flashy - glove ... Made just 11 errors in 2004 after commiting 31 in 2003 ... Hit safely in 44 of the last 54 games ...Second on the team with 16 stolen bases ... Had a season-long nine game hitting streak snapped at NC State ... Missed just one game during the regular season (5/9 vs. Duke) ... Was 5-for-14 with a home run and three RBI and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the NCAA Atlanta Regional ... Went 4-for-9 in two games at Georgia Southern (2/15-2/16) ... Hit his first home run of the season on 2/21 against Villanova ... Homered and drove in two runs against Rutgers (3/7) ... Went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI against Virginia (3/14) ... Homered and drove in four runs against Purdue (3/17)...Went 2-for-4 with a run and four RBI against Miami (4/2) ... Went 2-for-5 with three RBI in Tech's 12-2 win at Florida State (4/24) ... Went 3-for-7 in the first two games of Tech's sweep of Duke (5/7-5/8) ... Went 5-for-14 with a home run and seven RBI in Tech's sweep at Maryland during the final weekend of the regular season, including a career high five RBI in the regular season finale on Sunday.
2003: An honorable mention freshman All-America selection by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball ... Tech's everyday starter at shortstop as a freshman ...Started all but one game ... Finished the season with a .316 average, hitting eight home runs and driving in 43 ... Second on the team with 19 stolen bases and 11 HBP's, ranked third in batting average (.316), hits (72), runs (48) and RBI (43) ... Had 21 multi-hit, eight multi-run, and 11 multiple-RBI games ... Hit safely in 48 of 61 games, and reached base safely in all but nine games ... Hit a home run in his first at-bat of the year, and also added an RBI double to go 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs in the first game of his career (Georgia Southern, 2/15) ... Drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning against Michigan (2/23), a 7-6 Tech win ... Went 2-for-2 with a walk, HBP, stolen base, two runs, and two RBI vs. Armstrong Atlantic (2/23) ... Hit .571 (4-for-7) in the series with George Washington (2/28-3/2), including four runs, four RBI, two doubles, and a home run ... Went 3-for-5 with three runs scored against Rutgers (3/7) and led the team in the series (3/7-3/9) with a .462 batting average ... Drove in one of four runs against Auburn (3/11) with a solo homer in the top of the first inning ... Hit .400 in the series against Maryland (3/21-3/23), scoring three times and driving in two other runs; also had a season-high three stolen bases in the final game of the series ... Had two hits, including a two-run homer, and drove in three runs versus Mercer (3/25) ... Went 5-for-11 against North Carolina (4/4-4/6), with a double, two RBI, two walks, and four runs scored ... Went 3-for-4 with a walk, run, and RBI against Georgia State (4/8) ... Hit .538 in the series vs. Duke (4/12-4/13), with four RBI, two stolen bases, a triple, and a run ... Went 5-for-12 with two runs, two RBI, and a stolen base in the series with Florida State (5/2-5/4) ... Hit .364 against NC State (5/15-5/17), with a triple, RBI, HBP, .417 on base percentage, .545 slugging percentage, and two stolen bases ... Scored three runs on a walk and two hits, including a double, and drove in another against FSU (5/25) in the ACC Tournament.
Summer 2003: The starting third baseman for the USA Baseball National Team that captured the silver medal at the Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic ... Using wood bats, led the team with a .431 average (28-for-65), with four home runs and 21 RBI ... Posted the fourth highest batting average in Team USA history ... Helped the team post a 27-2 record, the best winning percentage in Team USA history.
High School: A four-year letterwinner for coach Robert Lawson at St. Thomas Aquinas ... Two-year team captain ... A high school All-American in 2002 ... Broward County Player of the Year (2002) ... A Florida 5A all-state selection in 2001 and 2002 ... Invited to the under-18 USA Baseball national team tryouts ... Hit .525 with six home runs, 20 RBI and 26 stolen bases as a senior ... Batted .500 with three homers as a junior ... Hit .425 with eight homers with the East Cobb Yankees, and hit for the cycle in the Connie Mack Regionals ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Full name is James Tyler Greene ... Born August 17, 1983 ... Son of James and Debra Greene ... Majoring in Management.
Career Statistics Year G-GS AB R H Avg. 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB SO SB-A Fld% 2003 61-61 228 48 72 .316 8 2 8 43 108 .474 18 59 19-23 .896 2004 64-64 256 55 70 .273 18 1 7 52 111 .434 31 68 16-21 .962 Totals 125-125 484 103 142 .293 26 3 15 95 219 .452 49 127 35-44 .929