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Georgia Tech Baseball: New Blood - Beesball Turns Over a New Leaf

Georgia Tech lost some good players last year, but they also have some pretty good ones coming in.

Hey y'all! My name is Ben Tankersley. I'm am aspiring sports writer and thanks to the guys here at From the Rumble Seat, I have been given the exciting opportunity to write about my favorite sports team! A little bit about myself, other than GT, I also love the Braves and the Falcons. Because I did not become a fully enthralled GT fan until the end of the Chan Gailey era, my all-time favorite GT player is Jemea Thomas, and my favorite play is when he picked off EJ Manuel in the ACCCG last year. Thank you Joey for this opportunity, and I look forward to giving my input here and the community that comes along with that. THWg and go Yellow Jackets!

Baseball is back for Georgia Tech! After finishing 37-27 (15-15 ACC), the Yellow Jackets are looking to improve in spite of losing major pieces from the team that finished fourth in the ACC tournament a year ago.

Georgia Tech has some tough spots to fill after losing six players to the draft this past year.

Player Position Senior Stats New Team Rookie Stats
Zane Evans C .361 BA, 14 HR, 12 2B, 66 RBI Kansas City Royals .352 BA, 4 HR, 31 RBI
Sam Dove 3B .288 BA, 3 HR, 14 2B, 34 RBI, 7 SB Philadelphia Phillies .171 BA, 2 HR
Kyle Wren OF .360 BA, 2 HR, 33 2B, 28 RBI, 28 SB Atlanta Braves .355 BA, 35 SB
Brandon Thomas OF .321 BA, 1 HR, 15 2B, 30 RBI, 9 SB, 100.0% Fielding New York Yankees .214 BA, 6 HR, 9 SB
Daniel Palka OF .342 BA, 17 HR, 13 2B, 66 RBI, 6 SB, 0.69 ERA in 13.0 IP Arizona Diamondbacks

.310 BA, 9 HR, 48 RBI

Buck Farmer RHP 9-5, 2.78 ERA, 122 K in 113.1 IP Detroit Tigers

3.09 EAR, 33 K

Even though the Yellow Jackets lost some great players, hope comes from a top-10 recruiting class that was brought in last season.

Player Position High School Notes
Arden Pabst C/IF Harvard Westlake (CA) No. 6 C California
No. 23 C National
Brandon Gold 3B/RHP Johns Creek (GA) No. 31 3B National
Connor Justus IF Cartersville (GA) No. 2 SS Georgia
No. 46 SS National
Elliott Barzilli IF Palisades Charter (CA) No. 4 Middle IF per ESPN
Keenan Innis OF/RHP Blessed Trinity (GA) No. 8 Overall Player Georgia
No. 56 Overall Player National
Ryan Peurifoy OF Starr’s Mill (GA) One of top-15 Outfield Arms in SE per Perfect Game
Eric Knox OF Effingham County (GA) No. 20 Overall on PG National Games Top Prospects List
Ben Schniederjans RHP Harrison (GA) Walk-on
Zac Ryan RHP/IF Andrean (IN) No. 3 RHP Indiana
No. 7 Overall Player Indiana
Syd Hopkins RHP Roswell (GA) No. 22 Overall Player Georgia
Matt Phillips RHP Milton (GA) No. 8 RHP Georgia
No. 25 Overall Player Georgia
Matthew Gorst RHP Johns Creek (GA) Louisville Slugger All-American
Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-America 2013
Ben Parr LHP George Walton Academy (GA) Graduated with his HS Single-Season Strikeout Record: 108 K
Tanner Shelton LHP Etowah (GA) No. 5 LHP Georgia
No. 48 LHP National
No. 37 Overall Player Georgia

Some of these players have already made an impact on the team during Fall Practice. Keenan Innis, who played on the White Team (Team Hyde), lead the team with a .385 batting average. In addition to this, he scored a team-best seven runs and added five stolen bases. Also contributing to Team Hyde were Ryan Peurifoy and Elliot Barzilli. Peurfioy hit .370 and had four stolen bases, and Barzilli hit .333 with one HR and four RBIs. For the Gold Team (Team Isaacs), Connor Justus hit .364 with three doubles, and Ben Schniederjans and Matt Phillips combined with Dusty Isaacs and Jonathan Roberts to throw a no-hitter in a 9-0 victory for Team Isaacs.

Will these new players be enough to overcome our great losses? Will anyone stand heads and shoulders above the rest? How did I do with my first article?