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