Tech’s Farmer, Thomas coming back for senior seasons

Friday the 13th proved fortuitous for Georgia Tech’s baseball team. Yellow Jackets pitcher Buck Farmer and outfielder Brandon Thomas, both widely expected earlier in the year to forgo their senior seasons and sign professionally, spurned contract offers and will return to campus.

Friday 5 p.m. was the deadline for players taken in the June Major League Baseball draft to sign. Due in part to new rules governing the size of signing bonuses that can be given to draftees, it passed without signatures from Farmer and Thomas.

Shortly after the deadline, Thomas sent out a tweet reading “very excited to be coming back to GT for my senior year.”

Their decisions give a considerable boost to coach Danny Hall’s 2013 team. Both were All-ACC selections. Thomas was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth round of the June draft and Farmer was selected in the 15th by the Milwaukee Brewers. Hall also will welcome Matt Gonzalez, an incoming freshman shortstop from Harrison High who was selected in the 11th round by the Oakland Athletics and also passed on his contract offer.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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5150 UOAD

July 13th, 2012
6:04 pm

Baseball has SO MANY people trying to get the money and so many leagues to work through I think this is GREAT for the young men and the JACKETS BEEZBALL team.

bill

July 13th, 2012
6:23 pm

Sorry that Buck didn’t get a fair shake in draft. It happens. Don’t know who thought what or said what…perhaps his ACC tourney game and NCAA game vs Florida was a bit below his standard. But if that was the case, people really haven’t been watching. Farmer should come back with a senior season that will land him in the top 5 rounds.
As far as Thomas, Pirates blew it.Kid may hit .400 next year and drive in 80 runs. Notice they spent 300 and 400 K on 16th and 17th round picks after Appel turned them down. Besides not signing Brandon…who they tried to get to sign below slot…they lost top Vandy recruit Buehler….Pirates may be in first, but they will find how this draft will haunt them in the coming years.
Gonzalez will be starting….kid is too good of a fielder. Tech needs better defense next year if they expect to win big.

Aaron Fitt has already said Tech looks like an Omaha team now….Tech has to have a typical Tech strong season in order to host. Think the RPI will be less generous next year with the tweaking of road wins into the mix( like hoosp are doing).Wish the administration allows Danny to play a 3 game tournament against quality teams like they used to as recently as the EPat, Micah days.This team could use the RPI points….
Look forward to 2013 Tech fans……it could a year for the ages.A healthy Tech team could make some waves in Omaha…..SUPPORT THEM !!! This team is loaded.

Bill

July 13th, 2012
6:44 pm

I am so looking foward to the 13 season at Rusty C.

THWG

July 13th, 2012
8:45 pm

Can’t wait for Feb 2013. Go Jackets!

kingster

July 13th, 2012
8:53 pm

TECH just pick up a DB commit today from Hillgrove HS

Crazy Robert

July 13th, 2012
9:01 pm

Danny Hall, get your rear in gear an become a coach!!!!

GT Fan

July 14th, 2012
8:36 am

Any word on who the new pitching coach will be?

Biff Pocoroba

July 14th, 2012
9:28 am

Buck will be helped a lot if he has a real pitching coach this year. Having a guy who got the job since he was buddies with Hall in college and who had been coaching high school girls basketball didn’t help the last few years. The team needs a guy who can develop pitchers and get them stronger throughout the season instead of having them break down and getting injured in May every year. Hall is finally feeling some heat after falling flat in the regionals the past two years or he would have never fired his best friend. If he ever learns to focus on fielding, base running, and bunting instead of just trying to hit home runs, he might actually win a game in Omaha someday.

yeller bug

July 14th, 2012
12:10 pm

Thanks for the updates Ken! This is great news! As a suggestion so you can concentrate on football, perhaps you can outsource some of the baseball updates to bill.

yeller bug

July 14th, 2012
12:12 pm

…it’s not like you are outsourcing jobs overseas either so it is politically correct.

5150 UOAD

July 14th, 2012
1:16 pm

GTFan you ain’t if you don’t know the NEW Pitching coach…….It was announced weeks ago.

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bill

July 14th, 2012
3:45 pm

5150 UOAD…REALLY?…..Kinkelaar was released as the pitching coach. Do you have some first hand info on who the new hire is? Perhaps your recent time travel into the near future can enlighten us…shouldn’t make fun of someone when you are wrong. Makes you look foolish.

Biff Pocoroba

July 15th, 2012
5:55 pm

I think that Danny is going to bring Leo Mazzone out of retirment. He can still do the radio show part time and work at Tech during the season. Would be great for recruting having a guy who coached Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine.

gt45

July 16th, 2012
12:21 pm

Alabama Jack

July 16th, 2012
3:29 pm

Go Jackets

July 16th, 2012
4:06 pm

GT Lee

July 18th, 2012
4:23 pm