Nissan #ProJackets Baseball Report

Aug. 25, 2016

THE FLATS - Highlighting the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the professional ranks this week was a trio of hurlers in Jed Bradley, Jake Esch and Luke Bard who were all promoted within their respective organizations.

Called up to the Gwinnett Braves (Triple-A) on Aug. 20, Bradley got the start night versus the Rochester Red Wings. The lefty allowed just one run on five hits over six innings on the mound. He struck out nine of the 18 batters he faced for the game.

Promoted on Aug. 9, Esch picked up his second win for the New Orleans Zephyrs (Triple-A) on Aug. 20. Esch, who has started three games thus far for the Zephyrs over the last few weeks, is 2-0 with an ERA of 4.82 at the Triple-A level. He has totaled 11 strikeouts in 18.2 innings of work and has posted a total of 93 strikeouts on the year over a total of 137.0 innings between Jacksonville and New Orleans.

Making the move to the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts on Aug. 14, Bard has played in six games for the Lookouts. He has totaled 10.0 innings of relief work for the Lookouts over the last two weeks.

Below is a complete list of the Baseball #ProJackets currently playing in Major League Baseball or with a minor league team affiliate.

 

MLB

PLAYER

2016 SEASON STATS

  

 CHARLIE BLACKMON
 #19 / CF

 Colorado Rockies
 MLB Debut: June 7, 2011 (Rockies)
 MLB Draft:
2008 (Rockies), 2nd round
 Status: Active
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2008 
 High School: North Gwinnett
 
Hometown: Suwanee, Ga.

                          
 

GP: 112
Batting Avg: .318
Hits: 143
Home Runs: 21
RBI: 60
Runs: 85
Stolen Bases: 15
OBP: .378
OPS: .909
SLG: .531

 MARLON BYRD
 #6 / RF

 Cleveland Indians
 MLB Debut: Sept. 8, 2002 (Phillies)
 MLB Draft:
1999 (Phillies), 10th round
 Status: MLB Restricted List
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1996
 High School: Sprayberry

 Hometown: Marietta, Ga.

 GP: 34
 Batting Avg: .270
 Hits: 31
 Home Runs: 5
 RBI: 19
 Runs: 11
 Stolen Bases: 0
 OBP: .326
 OPS: .778
 SLG: .452

 DEREK DIETRICH
 #32/ 2B

 Florida Marlins
 MLB Debut: May 8, 2013 (Marlins)
 MLB Draft:
2010 (Rays), 2nd round
 Status: Disabled 15-Day
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2008-10
 High School: St. Ignatius

 Hometown: Parma, Ohio

 GP: 106
 Batting Avg: .276 
 Hits: 85
 Home Runs: 4
 RBI: 32
 Runs: 29
 Stolen Bases: 1
 OBP: .369
 OPS: .772
 SLG: .403

 BUCK FARMER
 #45/ P

 Toledo Mudhens (Triple A)
 MLB Debut: August 13, 2014 (Tigers)
 MLB Draft:
2013 (Tigers), 5th round
 Status: MLB 40-Man Roster
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-13
 High School: Rockdale
 
Hometown: Conyers, Ga.

 MLB (Detroit Tigers)
 GP: 10
 IP: 16.0
 Record: 0-0
 ERA: 3.94
 SO: 15
 Opp. Avg: 224
 Whip: 1.38

 Minors (Triple A)
 GP: 19
 GS: 19
 IP: 94.0
 Record: 5-5
 ERA: 4.12
 SO: 86
 Opp. Avg: .276
 Whip: 1.36

 

  MARK TEIXEIRA
 #25/ 1B

 New York Yankees
 MLB Debut: April 1, 2003 (Rangers)
 MLB Draft:
2001 (Rangers), 1st round
 Status: Active
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1999-01
 High School: Mount Saint Joseph
 
Hometown: Severna Park, Md.

 GP: 90
 Batting Avg: .197 
 Hits: 62
 Home Runs: 10
 RBI: 29
 Runs: 34
 Stolen Bases: 2
 OBP: .285
 OPS: .615
 SLG: .330

 MATT WIETERS
 #32/ C

 Baltimore Orioles 
 MLB Debut: May 29, 2009 (Orioles)
 MLB Draft:
2007 (Orioles), 1st round
 Status: Active
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-07
 High School: Stratford
 
Hometown: Goose Creek, S.C.


 2016 AL All-Star
 GP: 94
 Batting Avg: .245 
 Hits: 79
 Home Runs: 11
 RBI: 51
 Runs: 34
 Stolen Bases: 1
 OBP: .298
 OPS: .695
 SLG: .396

  BLAKE WOOD
 #36/ P

 Cincinnati Reds
 MLB Debut: May 12, 2010 (Royals)
 MLB Draft:
2006 (Royals), 3rd round
 Status: Active
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2004-07
 High School: North Gwinnett
 
Hometown: Suwanee, Ga.

 
 GP:
56
 IP: 61.0
 Record: 5-2
 Save: 1
 ERA: 3.69
 SO: 63
 Opp. Avg: .255
 Whip: 1.49

 

 BRANDON CUMPTON
 #58/ P

 Indianapolis Indians (Triple A)
 MLB Debut: June 15, 2013 (Pirates)
 MLB Draft:
2010 (Pirates), 9th round
 Status: 7-day disabled list (Triple A)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2008-10
 High School: Greenbrier
 
Hometown: Evans, Ga.

 Has not pitched due to

Tommy John Surgery

in March 2015

 BRUCE CHEN
 Cultural Development Coordinator

 Cleveland Indians
 MLB Debut: Sept. 7, 1998 (Braves)
 MLB Draft:
Not drafted out of Tech
 Status: Development Office
 Years at Georgia Tech:
 Attended Tech, but did not play baseball
 Hometown: Panama City, Panama

 

Was added to the Cleveland

 Indians' Development Staff

in January 2016

 

 

MINOR LEAUGES

PLAYER

2016 SEASON STATS

 

 MATT MURTON
 #25 / OF
 
 Iowa Cubs (Triple-A)
 MLB Draft:
2003 (Red Sox), Comp. 1
 Status: Active (Triple-A)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-03
 High School: Eagles Landing
 
Hometown: McDonough, Ga.               



 GP: 68
 Batting Avg: .326 
 Hits: 70
 Home Runs: 2
 Doubles: 11
 RBI: 32
 Runs: 28
 OBP: .357
 OPS: .770
 SLG: .414

 

 

 DANIEL PALKA
 #37/ OF

 Rochester Red Wings (Triple-A)
 MLB Draft:
2013 (Diamondbacks), 3rd rd
 Status: Active (Triple-A)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-13
 High School: Greer
 
Hometown: Lyman, Ga.  




                        

 Chattanooga Lookouts  Rochester Red Wings

 GP: 121
 Batting Avg: .260 
 Hits: 119
 Home Runs: 32
 Doubles: 24
 RBI: 87
 Runs: 68
 OBP: .336
 OPS: .875
 SLG: .539

 

 

 MATT SKOLE
 #16 / 3B

 Syracuse Chiefs (Triple-A)
 MLB Draft:
2011 (Nationals), 5th round
 Status: Active (Triple-A)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2009-11
 High School: Blessed Trinity Catholic
 
Hometown: Woodstock, Ga.    


            

 GP: 128
 Batting Avg: .249 
 Hits: 113
 Home Runs: 21
 Doubles: 20
 RBI: 73
 Runs: 61
 OBP: .342
 OPS: .778
 SLG: .436

 

 

 KYLE WREN
 #8 / CF

 Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A)
 MLB Draft:
2013 (Braves), 8th round
 Status: Active (Triple-A)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-13
 High School: Landmark Christian
 
Hometown: Peachtree City, Ga. 





              

 Colorado Springs Sky  Sox
 Biloxi Shuckers

 GP: 120
 Batting Avg: .323 
 Hits: 120
 Home Runs: 2
 RBI: 38
 Runs: 71
 Stolen Bases: 27 
 OBP: .416
 OPS: .828
 SLG: .412

 

 

  JED BRADLEY
 #51 / P

 Gwinnett Braves (Triple-A)
 MLB Draft:
2011 (Brewers), 1st round
 Status: Active (Triple-A)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2009-11
 High School: Huntsville
 
Hometown: Huntsville, Ala.




          

 Biloxi Shuckers
 Mississippi Braves
 Gwinnett Braves

 GP:
33
 GS: 11
 IP: 95.2
 Record: 8-5
 ERA: 3.29
 SO: 98
 Opp. Avg: .261
 Whip: 1.33

 

 

 

  JAKE ESCH
 #38 / P

 New Orleans Zephyrs (Triple-A)
 MLB Draft:
2011 (Marlins), 11th round
 Status: Active (Triple-A)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2009-11
 High School: Cretin-Derham Hall
 
Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.    



 Jacksonville Suns
 New Orleans Zephyrs

 GP:
25
 GS: 25
 IP: 137.0
 Record: 12-9
 ERA: 4.14
 SO: 93
 Opp. Avg: .267
 Whip: 1.31

 

 

 

 ZANE EVANS
 #8 / C

 NW Arkansas Naturals (Double-A)
 MLB Draft:
2013 (Royals), 4th round
 Status: Active (Double-A)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-13
 High School: Roswell
 
Hometown: Roswell, Ga.    





                      

 Northwest Arkansas      Naturals
 Omaha Storm Chasers  Burlington Royals

 GP: 68
 Batting Avg: .240 
 Hits: 60
 Home Runs: 5
 RBI: 28
 Runs: 21
 OBP: .277
 OPS: .621
 SLG: .344

 

 

  MATTHEW GRIMES
 #38 / P

 Bowie Baysox (Double-A)
 MLB Draft:
2014 (Orioles), 18th round
 Status: Active (Double-A)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
 High School: Mill Creek
 
Hometown: Hoschton, Ga.   




                    

 Frederick Keys
 Bowie Baysox

 GP: 23
 GS: 22
 IP: 128.1
 Record: 10-8
 ERA: 2.52
 SO: 82
 Opp. Avg: .247
 Whip: 1.19

 

 

 

 MOTT HYDE
 #10/ 2B

 Corpus Christi Hooks (Double-A)
 MLB Draft:
2014 (Astros), 26th round
 Status: Active (Double-A)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
 High School: Calhoun
 
Hometown: Calhoun, Ga. 

         

 GP: 76
 Batting Avg: .238 
 Hits: 59
 Home Runs: 2
 RBI: 24
 Runs: 25
 OBP: .301
 OPS: .632
 SLG: .331

 

 

 DECK MCGUIRE
 #22 / P

 Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)
 MLB Draft:
2010 (Blue Jays), 1st round
 Status: Active (Triple-A)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2008-10
 High School: Deep Run
 
Hometown: Richmond, Va.





 Memphis Redbirds
 Springfield Cardinals

 GP: 25
 GS: 25
 IP: 129.2
 Record: 6-11
 ERA: 5.14
 SO: 104
 Opp. Avg: .262
 Whip: 1.40

 

 

 

 ANDREW ROBINSON
 #25 / P

 Harrisburg Senators (Double-A)
 MLB Draft:
2010 (Houston), 12th round
 Status: Active (Double-A)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-10
 High School: Starr's Mill
 
Hometown: Senoia, Ga.   





                        

 Potomac Nationals  Harrisburg Senators

 GP: 35
 GS: 1
 IP: 60.2
 Record: 4-1
 Saves: 6
 ERA: 2.37
 SO: 70
 Opp. Avg: .220
 Whip: 1.12

 

 

 

 LUKE BARD
 #24 / P

 Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A)
 MLB Draft:
2012 (Twins), Compensation A
 Status: Active (Double-A)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-12
 High School: Charlotte Christian
 
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.       





 Chattanooga Lookouts  Fort Myers Miracle

 GP: 41
 IP: 60.1
 Record: 3-1
 Saves: 2
 ERA: 4.03
 SO: 60
 Opp. Avg: .259
 Whip: 1.39

 

 

 

 SAM CLAY
 #11 / P

 Fort Myers Miracle (Class A - Adv.)
 MLB Draft:
2014 (Twins), 4th round
 Status: Active (Class A - Advanced)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2013-14
 High School: Buford
 
Hometown: Buford, Ga.           





                

 Cedar Rapids Kernels  Fort Myers Miracle

 GP: 22
 GS: 22
 IP: 110.0
 Record: 6-5
 CG: 1
 ERA: 4.09
 SO: 109
 Opp. Avg: .261
 Whip: 1.53

 

 

 

 DUSTY ISAACS
 #44 / P

 Dunedin Blue Jays (Class A - Adv.)
 MLB Draft:
2014 (Blue Jays), 18th round
 Status: Active (Class A - Advanced)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
 High School: Lebanon
 
Hometown: Lebanon, Ohio       




      

 Lansing Lugnuts
 Dunedin Blue Jays

 GP: 45
 IP: 51.2
 Record: 4-4
 Saves: 16
 ERA: 2.09
 SO: 63
 Opp. Avg: .230
 Whip: 1.14

 

 

 

  A.J. MURRAY
 #37/ C

 Fort Myers Miracle (Class A - Adv.)
 MLB Draft:
2015 (Twins), 14th round
 Status: Active (Class A - Advanced)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2012-15
 High School: Westfield
 
Hometown: Westfield, N.J.




 Cedar Rapids Kernels  Fort Myers Miracle

 GP: 106
 Batting Avg: .238 
 Hits: 92
 Home Runs: 8
 RBI: 45
 Runs: 48
 OBP: .323
 OPS: .697
 SLG: .375

 

 

  DANIEL SPINGOLA
 #17/ OF

 Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Class A-Adv.)
 MLB Draft:
2015 (Cubs), 31st round
 Status: Active (Class A - Advanced)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2012-15
 High School: Marist
 
Hometown: Roswell, Ga.       




                    

 South Bend Cubs
 Myrtle Beach Pelicans

 GP: 80
 Batting Avg: .267 
 Hits: 72
 Home Runs: 1
 RBI: 23
 Runs: 36
 Stolen Bases: 8
 OBP: .344
 OPS: .681
 SLG: .337

 

 CONNOR JUSTUS
 #9/ SS

 Burlington Bees (Class A)
 MLB Draft:
2016 (Angels), 5th round
 Status: Active (Class A)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-16
 High School: Cartersville
 
Hometown: Cartersville, Ga.


 

 Orem Owls (Rookie)
 Burlington Bees

 GP: 57
 Batting Avg: .268 
 Hits: 53
 Home Runs: 2
 RBI: 30
 Runs: 36
 OBP: .396
 OPS: .754
 SLG: .359


 

 BRANDON GOLD
 #7/ P

 Boise Hawks (Class A - Short)
 MLB Draft:
2016 (Rockies), 12th round
 Status: Active (Class A - Short)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-16
 High School: Johns Creek
 
Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga.     

 GP: 12
 IP: 16.2
 Record: 1-2
 ERA: 4.86
 SO: 18
 Opp. Avg: .274
 Whip: 1.32

 

 

 MATTHEW GORST
 #36/ P

 Lowell Spinners (Class A - Short)
 MLB Draft:
2016 (Red Sox), 12th round
 Status: Active (Class A - Short)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-16
 High School: Johns Creek
 
Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga.     
    

 GP: 11
 IP: 20.2
 Record: 1-0
 ERA: 2.18
 SO: 20
 Opp. Avg: .205
 Whip: 0.97

 

 

 ARDEN PABST
 #52/ C

 WVa. Black Bears (Class A - Short)
 MLB Draft:
2016 (Pirates), 12th round
 Status: Active (Class A - Short)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-16
 High School: Harvard Westlake
 
Hometown: Sherman Oaks, Calif.   


        

 GP: 30
 Batting Avg: .231 
 Hits: 24
 Home Runs: 0
 RBI: 6
 Runs: 12
 OBP: .314
 OPS: .602
 SLG: .288

 

 

 MATT GONZALEZ
 #1/ 2B

 Danville Braves (Rookie)
 MLB Draft:
2016 (Braves), 6th round
 Status: Active (Rookie)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2013-16
 High School: Harrison
 
Hometown: Acworth, Ga.        



 GP: 51
 Batting Avg: .303 
 Hits: 60
 Home Runs: 2
 RBI: 19
 Runs: 23
 OBP: .329
 OPS: .727
 SLG: .399