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The Yellow Jackets had six players drafted.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets had six players drafted in the 2014 MLB Draft: sophomore LHP Sam Clay (round 4, pick 110 to the Minnesota Twins), junior RHP Josh Heddinger (round 14, pick 430 to the Detroit Tigers), senior RHP "Trusty" Dusty Isaacs (round 18, pick 534 to the Toronto Blue Jays), redshirt-junior Matt Grimes (round 18, pick 541 to the Baltimore Orioles), junior Daniel Spingola (round 24, pick 709 to the Chicago Cubs), and senior 2B Mott Hyde (round 26, pick 766 to the Houston Astros).

Out of the non-seniors drafted, I believe there is only one guy that we'll lose. Unfortunately, that person is Sam Clay. Here is some information from RamblinWreck.com about Clay.

Posted the second-lowest ERA in Tech history this season with his 1.26 in 57.1 innings and a team-best 31 appearances.

Went 4-1 on the mound and led the Yellow Jackets with eight saves.

Did not allow a run over his final six appearances, including all four stints in postseason play.

Two of his four wins and three of his eight saves came in the final month.

Pitched in five of Tech's six shutout victories this season.

He is the 17th left-handed pitcher drafted out of Georgia Tech and the first since David Duncan in 2008 by Houston.

He is the 10th Tech player drafted by the Minnesota Twins and the first Tech left-handed pitcher chosen by the organization.

The last Yellow Jacket drafted by the Twins was RHP Luke Bard in 2012.

Becomes the 186th all-time Yellow Jacket draft pick (121st under head coach Danny Hall) and the program's 56th top-five rounder (38th under Hall).

Was not drafted out of high school.

Also from RamblinWreck.com, here is the information given for the rest of the draftees.

Josh Heddinger - Junior - RHP - Suwanee, Ga. (Buford)

  • Stepped into a weekend starting role this season and posted a 3.94 ERA and 4-5 record in a team-leading 82.1 innings
  • His 14 starts also led the team
  • Three of his four wins came over ACC opponents, including victories over No. 1 Florida State in the regular season and a No. 16 Miami in the ACC Tournament
  • Former Tech RHP Buck Farmer was drafted last season by the Tigers and remains in the organization

Dusty Isaacs - Senior - RHP - Lebanon, Ohio (Lebanon)

  • Enjoyed a dominating senior season as the troubleshooter out of Tech's bullpen, posting a sterling 1.92 ERA and a team-best eight-win season (8-5) with seven saves
  • He made 29 appearances (28 in relief) and his 89 career appearances rank ninth in Tech history
  • Was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 ACC Tournament, helping Tech win the title by factoring in three of the Jackets' four wins with two saves and a win
  • Former Tech RHP Deck McGuire was drafted by the Blue Jays in the first round in 2010 and remains in the organization

Matthew Grimes - Redshirt Junior - RHP -- Hoschton, Ga. (Mill Creek)

  • Bouncing back from a season lost due to Tommy John surgery, Grimes made 12 starts and was 5-3 with a 4.39 ERA
  • Pitched a seven-inning gem versus Georgia at Turner Field, going seven shutout innings as the Jackets won the season-series with a 2-0 win
  • Picked up ACC wins over Wake Forest, North Carolina and Duke
  • Former Jacket catcher Matt Wieters was a first-round pick by the Orioles in 2007

Daniel Spingola - Junior - CF - Roswell, Ga. (Marist)

  • A second-team All-ACC pick, Spingola enjoyed a breakout season in his first as an everyday starter by leading the ACC in hits (82) and finishing among the league's leaders with a .319 average
  • The speedster also led the ACC in triples (eight) and swiped a team-best 15 bases in 16 attempts
  • His team-best .451 slugging percentage also included nine doubles and three homers as he drove in 36 runs
  • The last Jacket drafted by the Cubs was catcher Matt Hawranick in the 48th round in 2005

Mott Hyde - Senior - 2B - Calhoun, Ga. (Calhoun)

  • The senior anchor of Tech's infield, Hyde enjoyed a career year both offensively and defensively by hitting .282 with 12 doubles and 32 RBI
  • He fielded .968 and teamed with freshman SS Connor Justus to comprise the ACC's best middle infield due as the Jackets set a school record and led the NCAA with 77 double plays and set a school record with a .974 team fielding percentage
  • Hyde was a third-team All-ACC pick and earned a spot on the ACC All-Tournament Team
  • The last Yellow Jacket drafted by the Astros was RHP Andrew Robinson in 2010

With six players being drafted this year, this marks the 14th consecutive year that at least four Yellow Jackets players have been drafted into the MLB.

Will we lose anybody that has remaining eligibility?

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