This loss hurts a lot. For the last few years, AJ Murray has been one of the best hitters in Tech's line-up. He's also been a consistent part of it. Following his freshman year, Murray has appeared in 181 games, starting all but two of those.
In addition to his phenomenal year last year, where he hit .279 with 15 home runs and 51 RBIs, Murray also boasts very good career stats: .274/.366/.457 with 24 home runs, 120 RBIs.
Following his graduation, Murray was drafted in the 14th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins. In his first season, Murray played in 51 games at rookie ball, showcasing a line of .264/.366/.409 with four home runs and 18 RBIs. His four home runs were second on the team. Murray is listed as a catcher.
This is another loss that hurts a lot. Just as with Murray, Thomas Smith was one of Tech's better hitters and also brought fantastic defensive versatility and speed.
Originally a walk-on for the Jackets, Smith broke into the starting lineup in his inaugural season on the Flats and then started all but 15 of the 200 games he would appear in. While his career stat-line isn't quite as gaudy as Murray's, Smith still boasts a pretty good one: .287/.387/.364 with seven home runs, 83 RBIs, 86-88 SO-BB ratio, 23-of-36 in stolen bases.
Man, these losses keep stinging. Though Spingola's senior season wasn't quite as dynamic as his junior season, Spingola was still a mainstay in center field for the Jackets.
As a freshman and sophomore, Spingola started sporadically before sticking in the line-up during his junior and senior seasons. He finishes his career at Tech with a pretty solid stat-line: .293/.370/.396 with six home runs, 80 RBIs, 28-of-34 in stolen bases.
Following his graduation from Tech, Spingola was drafted in the 31st round of the MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs. He spent time among three different levels of the minors (Rookie, short-season A and full-season A) and finished his season with a line of .314/.375/.543 with six extra base hits (four doubles, two triples), seven RBIs and one stolen base in 15 total games.
Between being a relief pitcher and a starter in his time with the Jackets, Devin Stanton was a very important part of the team.
Though hampered with injuries throughout his career, Stanton still finishes with a pretty good career line: 6-3 in 58 appearances (17 starts), 3.86 ERA, 114.1 innings pitched, 95 strikeouts and 53 walks.
And now that we're done with the seniors, we get to the players who decided to either transfer away or leave the team for some other reason.
This list starts with third baseman Blake Jackson. Following his freshman season on the Flats, Jackson elected to transfer to Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla.
IF Blake Jackson is transferring to Chipola Junior College,— beesball.com (@beesball) June 22, 2015
Jackson didn't play much while he was with Tech, but was still able to make an impact. He finished his season with six hits, with four of them being for extra bases. He finishes with a line of .182/.300/.455, two home runs, and eight RBIs in 21 games (five starts).
This one is another former freshman gone that hurts. Gooden was pretty highly touted as a pitcher in the time leading up to his freshman season on the Flats, but was never able to make a huge impact while he was here following his Tommy John surgery.
It was announced in July that he would be transferring to Georgia Highlands College in Rome, Ga.
Out of the guys that left early, this is the one that hits me the hardest. That's mostly because I have no idea what happened to him.
Ben Schniederjans came to Tech as a walk-on, but was a pretty solid player in his first season before getting hurt last year and receiving a medical scholarship.
My guess is that either he was replaced on the team because he was unable to hang on to his spot as a walk-on player or that he left the team due to injury. There is also the possibility that his absence from Georgia Tech's roster is simply a mistake. Regardless, Tech is losing a solid pitcher in Schniederjans.
|Tristin English||RHP/DH||6-2, 200 lbs.||R/R||Zebulon, GA (Pike County)|
|Brandt Stallings||OF/1B||6-4, 217 lbs.||R/R||Alpharetta, GA (King's Ridge)|
|Joey Bart||C||6-2, 214 lbs.||R/R||Buford, GA (Buford)|
|Keyton Gibson||RHP||6-2, 209 lbs.||R/R||Buford, GA (Buford)|
|Jonathan Hughes||RHP||6-2, 186 lbs.||R/R||Flowery Branch, GA (Flowery Branch)|
|Carter Hall||MIF||6-0, 175 lbs.||R/R||Alpharetta, GA (Wesleyan)|
|Bobby Gavreau||RHP||5-10, 200 lbs.||R/R||Marietta, GA (Sprayberry)|
|Micah Carpenter||RHP||5-11, 174 lbs.||R/R||Jefferson, GA (Jefferson)|
|Burton Dulaney||RHP||6-0, 179 lbs.||R/R||Rome, GA (Darlington)|
|Jake Lee||RHP||5-11, 170 lbs.||R/R||Brooks, GA (Whitewater)|
|Robert Winborne||IF||6-1, 180 lbs.||R/R||Johns Creek, Ga. (Lovett)|
|Will Galloway||C||6-1, 197 lbs.||R/R||Marietta, Ga. (Blessed Trinity)|
|Jackson Webb||IF||5-11, 160 lbs.||S/R||Roswell, Ga. (Johnson Ferry Christian)|
|Bailey Combs||RHP||5-11, 191 lbs.||R/R||Smyrna, Ga. (Whitefield Academy)|
|Brian Moore||IF||5-11, 168 lbs.||R/R||Alpharetta, Ga. (Cambridge)|
|Travis Entrop*||LHP||6-0, 175 lbs.||?/L||Celina, Texas (Celina)|
*Travis Entrop is the only one from this group not to be a freshman. He's a sophomore.