Georgia Tech Baseball enters 2014 with exuberance over experience
Brandon Thomas and Sam Dove are repeat honorees
The Yellow Jacket is one of five nationally on the 2013 first team
Senior Sam Dove and junior Matthew Grimes were each taken by the Phillies
Thomas is one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award
Host Mindy Hylton talks with Georgia Tech Baseball head coach Danny Hall and junior outfielder Brandon Thomas
Host Mindy Hylton talks with Georgia Tech Baseball head coach Danny Hall and junior outfielder Brandon Thomas in this 2012 ACC Tournament preview
Georgia Tech Baseball head coach Danny Hall and juniors Buck Farmer and Brandon Thomas talk about the team on the first day of practice - 1/27/12
Photos by Mike Strasinger
Photos by Mike Strasinger
Photos by Mike Strasinger
Georgia Tech beats No. 2 North Carolina, 9-8 (Photos by Danny Karnik)
Georgia Tech at Ohio State (Photos by Jim Morris, JM Photography)
MLB Draft History
*Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 4th round (136th pick) of the 2012 MLB Draft
*Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 37th round of the 2009 MLB Draft, but elected to enroll at Georgia Tech
Honors & Awards
*2012 First Team All-ACC
*2012 Second Team Capital One Academic All-America
*2012 First Team Capital One Academic All-District
*2012 ACC Academic Honor Roll
*2012 Gainesville Region All-Tournament Team
*2012 ACC All-Tournament Team
*2011 Academic All-ACC Team
*2011 ACC Academic Honor Roll
*2010 Florida Collegiate Summer League No. 1 Pro Prospect (Baseball America)
*2010 ACC Honor Roll
A very talented and hard-working student-athlete... 5-tool player who was the Jackets' best positional pro prospect in 2012 and should be again in 2013... Has excellent speed and can hit from both sides of the plate... Played in the 2010 Florida Collegiate Summer League under former New York Mets World Series winning manager Davey Johnson.
First Team All-ACC... Second Team Academic All-America... First Team Academic All-District... Named to NCAA Gainesville Region All-Tournament Team... Named to ACC All-Tournament Team... Played and started in 56 games... Posted career numbers in nearly every offensive category, and led the team in batting average (.360), walks (37) and on-base percentage (.481), while posting 15 doubles, five triples, five home runs, 44 RBI and 12 stolen bases... Ranked fourth in the ACC in batting average and was second in on-base percentage... His .351 average in ACC was third-best in the league... Reached base at least once in all but one game in 2012 and had a 48-game reached-base streak snapped late in the year... Had a flare for the dramatic, with two of his four game-winning RBI coming late in games: His RBI double versus Duke in the eighth with two outs was the game-winner as Buck Farmer pitched a complete-game, three-hitter in the 1-0 win; and he ripped an eighth-inning RBI single at No. 6 North Carolina that broke a 2-2 tie en route to Tech's 4-2 win... He also had another RBI double in the ninth inning versus No. 1 Florida State on April 6, that tied the game at 1-1 and forced extra innings (Tech lost 2-1 in 10 innings)... He returned from a seven-game absence (hamstring) against No. 21 Miami on May 17 (final weekend of the regular season) and homered in the series-opener to extend his reached-base streak to 48 consecutive games dating back to the final two games of 2011, but saw that incredible streak snapped with an 0-for-5 the next night (that would stand as the only game in 2012 he did not reach base)... Was a career-best 5-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and three runs in the series-opener versus Rutgers (March 2)... His five-hit game versus Rutgers tied for the ACC lead... During Tech's run to the ACC tournament title, he scored career-high four runs vs. Virginia, drew team-high seven walks in the tournament and led Tech with eight runs scored... Two of his three hits in the ACC tournament were doubles and totaled three RBI... Went 4-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and two runs in Tech's NCAA Regional opener versus College of Charleston, an 8-4 win... Finished the Regional 7-for-15 (.467)... Totaled 24 multi-hit games on the season (second on the team) and recorded 12 multi-RBI games.
Named to the Academic All-ACC Team... Hit a .307 clip with 12 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 29 RBI in 60 starts (60 games) ... Was 19-of-22 in stolen base attempts ... His 19 swipes led the team and ranked eighth in the ACC ... Had 16 multi-hit and 8 multi-RBI games ... Finished the season reaching base in nine-straight games ... Ran a career-long and team-best 13 game hit streak from Feb. 20 to March 12 ... Was 4-for-5 in a midweek series at Georgia Southern, scoring three runs in the two games (2/22-23) ... Had a two-RBI day with a key double to propel the Jackets to victory in the series opener against St. John's (2/26) ... In a Friday doubleheader vs. Rutgers, went 5-for-8 on the night with 4 RBI (3/4) ... Opened the Maryland series with a pair of two-hit games and finally saw his 13-game hit streak come to an end in the finale (3/11-13) ... Had two hits in four at-bats in two midweek games against Georgia Southern (3/15) ... Had just two hits against No. 1 Virginia (4/8-10), but his second home run of the season closed out the scoring for Tech in a 10-8 win in the finale ... Was 2-for-3 with a run scored in a 5-3 midweek win over Georgia (4/12) ... Went 3-for-3 with his second home run of the season in game two against Boston College (4/23) ... Was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in Tech's 5-1 win over No. 18 Clemson on April 30 ... Led the team against Illinois-Chicago, going 7-for-12 (.583) with two doubles and four RBI in the non-conference series (5/7-9) ... Went 4-for-4 while hitting both doubles in the series finale (5/9) ... Batted .500 (5-for-10) in three games at the ACC Championships (5/25-28) ... Had a pair of hits including a double against NC State (5/26) and No. 7 Florida State (5/28).
Played in 32 games and made 24 starts - 23 in left field and one at DH - Batted .262 with 18 runs, four doubles, three triples and 13 RBI ... Was 5-for-6 in stolen base attempts ... Went 2-for-2 in his first two career at-bats, after entering the game late in a 20-3 win over Missouri State (2/20) ... Had a pinch-hit single against Xavier (2/27) ... Made his first career start in the second game against Maryland, picking up two hits including his first career double (3/20) ... Started his first game in left field going 1-for-2 with three runs scored against Mercer (3/23) ... Was 2-for-3 with a double, triple and his first career RBI the next day against the Bears (3/24) ... Collected two hits and a career-high four RBI in a comeback win over No. 17 North Carolina in the series finale ... His two-RBI triple sparked a five-run ninth inning rally for the Jackets ... Had three hits, a triple and four RBI in the series against No. 16 Clemson (4/16-18).
Four-year letterwinner at Pace Academy for head coach Charlie Owens ... Switch-hitting outfielder was named to the 2009 Baseball Clearinghouse National Team ... Two-time All-Region member ... Helped Pace win the 2007 CABA State Championship ... Named MVP of the state tournament ... 2007 and '08 Offensive Player of the Year for the East Cobb Yankees Club team ... hit .412 in '07 and .407 in '08 ... Also played guard on his high school basketball team.
Full name is John Brandon Thomas ... Born Feb. 7, 1991 ... Son of John and Patti Thomas ... Nephew of Jim Thomas, an All-American and three-time tennis national champion at Stanford ... Enjoys playing the guitar in his free time ... Majoring in business administration.