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Georgia Tech Baseball: 2020 Preview - Outfield

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Depth and Talent abound

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The outfield looks to be one of the deepest positions for the Jackets this spring. They are loaded with experience in all three outfield positions and bring in some highly rated freshman as well.

Returning Players

Baron Radcliff - 6-4, 239, JR - .257/.403/.503 - 12 HR, 44 RBI - 2nd Team All-ACC

After struggling as a freshman, Radcliff was a breakout player in his second season with the Jackets and showed the power that he was expected to bring to the plate. His numbers jumped in all three categories and he showed a much better eye at the plate. He had a decent summer in the Cape, hitting 6 HRs in 32 games. His defense is an underrated part of his game, he has a career .967 fielding percentage with only two errors, both coming in a 2018 game vs. Clemson. Look for Radcliff to be an anchor in the middle of the Jackets lineup, with a chance to put up great numbers if he improves his selection at the plate.

Michael Guldberg - 6-0, 172, JR - .355/.411/.418 - 1 HR, 32 RBI - 3rd Team All-ACC

Guldberg was another breakout player last season, leading the Jackets in batting average. Guldberg spent most of 2019 at DH, due to a lingering shoulder issue. He has fully recovered from that and looks to step into the open spot in the outfield with the loss of Nick Wilhite. Look for Guldberg to be an early option in the lineup.

Colin Hall - 5-11, 181, JR - .307/.363/.432 - 4 HR, 41 RBI

Hall is the third returning player who looks to be a starter in the outfield. He has improved every year and looks to continue that trend this spring. Hopefully he can add a little more power to his game to help with the losses of English and McCann.

New Faces

Stephen Reid - 6-1, 210, FR - 146th ranked player, 30th ranked OF in 2019 class

Reid is a highly rated outfield prospect from Berkeley Heights, NJ. He was a HS teammate of fellow Jacket Drew Compton. He comes to Tech as a player known to have a high level of raw power. His biggest concern will be his ability to adjust to the college game and look to harness that power. He may get a crack at the DH position as well.

Tres Gonzalez - 6-0, 165, FR - 195th ranked player, 43rd ranked OF in 2019 class, 37th round pick by the Dodgers

Gonzalez is another highly rated member of Tech’s 4th ranked class of 2019. He looks to be the main option off the bench in the outfield, if Guldberg struggles with his shoulder. He is also another player that could play a role at the DH spot.

Predicted Lineup

LF - Guldberg

CF - Hall

RF - Radcliffe

This is the lineup I would expect to see opening day. It will depend on how healthy Guldberg’s shoulder is, if it’s still sore, then I would expect to see him at DH and Gonzalez taking his spot in LF. There is an outside chance that Guldberg gets the nod in center.