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Technical Tidbits 1/14: Danny Borrell looks toward baseball season

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The pitching coach is ready for a successful year.

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Georgia Tech Pitching Coach Danny Borrell is one of the best hires that Danny Hall has made in his long career as the Jackets’ manager. Borrell left a great gig as pitching coordinator for the New York Yankees to work on the Flats. As a former collegiate player (Wake Forest) and professional player (New York Yankees), Borrell understands what works and what does not work when teaching pitchers how to be their best. Borrell has brought an analytics-based mindset to the Beesball team, so they should be reaping the benefits of his instruction for a long time. Check out Borrell’s interview with College Baseball 365 above!

Georgia Tech track and field athletes got off to a quick start this past weekend at Clemson’s Orange and Purple Elite meet. Tech had two ACC Performers of the Week, John Watkins (triple jump) and Attallah Smith (long jump). Both athletes won gold in their respective events. According to the article above, Watkins and Smith are both ranked in the top-5 nationally for their events after the great jumps in South Carolina. The Jackets will head back to Clemson this weekend for the Clemson Invitational. Good luck, and congratulations John and Attallah!

As preseason rankings for many spring sports begin to trickle out, you can feel the air begin to warm. Yesterday, both the Tech Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams had their preseason ITA individual and doubles rankings released (more on the men down below). Both Kenya Jones and Victoria Flores have high expectations this season, as the pair is ranked no. 5 nationally for doubles. Jones is also ranked no. 13 for singles, with Flores not far behind at no. 31. The pair were ITA All-Americans last season as doubles partners. The other Jacket ranked by the ITA is Gia Cohen, coming in at no. 123. Tech’s first matches are this weekend at Mississippi State’s Bulldog Kickoff.

While the men did not have anyone ranked as high as Jones or Flores, they still had two doubles pairs and a single on the list. The pairing of Pablo Schelcher and Marcus McDaniel is no. 31, ten spots behind them at no. 41 is Keshav Chopra and Andres Martin. Martin is also ranked as a singles player, finding himself at no. 59. The men will start their season tomorrow with the traditional MLK Invite, held in Atlanta at Tech’s own Ken Byers Tennis Complex. Good luck!

If you haven’t already, I would certainly check out the article embedded in the tweet above. A Georgia Tech-Homefield Apparel partnership would be an incredible asset to the two entities. I’d buy up as much apparel as I could.

Question of the Day: Any early predictions for the Tech Baseball team?