Georgia Tech signs 8 to baseball scholarships

Georgia Tech’s baseball program signed eight high school seniors to national letters of intent, Yellow Jacket head coach Danny Hall.

Tech’s signing class, which addressed needs at every position group, includes four pitchers, two infielders, one outfielder and a catcher. Five of the prospects are from Georgia.

“I am excited about our 2012 recruiting class,” said Hall, who will enter his 19th season on the Flats next spring and is just 13 wins shy of 1,000 career victories. “Our goal was to strengthen our pitching staff and in particular, find some left-handed pitching.”

The Yellow Jackets signed a pair of southpaw pitchers – Sam Clay (Buford, Ga.) and Jonathon King (Murfreesboro, Tenn.). Clay helped lead Buford High School to a state championship in 2011. King can also play in the outfield.

“Sam Clay is the best left-handed pitching prospect in the state and is the quarterback for perennial football power Buford High School,” Hall said. “Jonathon King is an athletic pitcher-outfielder who pitched his team to the Connie Mack World Series last summer.”

Tech went out of state to find two right-handed hurlers – Hayden Barnett (Houston, Texas) and Jared Jillson (Vero Beach, Fla.).

“Jared Jillson has great pitching ability and Hayden Barnett is a big, strong pitcher with tremendous upside.”

The Yellow Jackets strengthened the infield by signing Matt Gonzalez (Kennesaw, Ga.), first baseman Cole Miller (Rome, Ga.) and catcher Grant Wruble (Alpharetta, Ga.). Tech also signed outfielder Dylan Dore (Johns Creek, Ga.).

“Matt Gonzalez is a tremendous, competitive infielder who can really hit,” Hall said. “Cole Miller is a hard-hitting left- handed first baseman. Wruble will strengthen our catching corps and brings great leadership and energy to that position. Dore can do everything well on the baseball field and plays with reckless abandon.”

Georgia Tech finished the 2011 season with a 42-21 overall record – the Jackets’ 14th 40-win season under Hall — and a 22-8 mark in ACC play, tying Virginia for the best record in the conference. Tech must replace two high-caliber starting pitchers, Mark Pope and Jed Bradley, as well as shortstop Jacob Esch and third baseman Matt Skole.

“I feel confident that most of our signees will show up at school in August,” Hall said. “They will enhance our team’s culture on the field and in the classroom.”

– Information courtesy of Georgia Tech sports information

11 comments Add your comment

IL Jacket

November 15th, 2011
4:36 pm

Looks like another good class for Beezball. Congratulations, Coach Hall on another great recruiting class. Just hope too many of them aren’t drafted into MLB.

DesignerJacket

November 16th, 2011
10:34 am

No East Cobbers this time? What happened?

Anyway, this looks like a great group! I’ll be at a lot of those games! Go Jackets!

spider

November 16th, 2011
12:29 pm

gt baseball recruiting is just like UGA football recruiting, they get all these 4 and 5 star players but it never turns into a championship team, hope im wrong with this group.

Jacket man

November 16th, 2011
1:32 pm

Spider, I agree with you. GT will be ranked pre-season top 10, then get to playoffs and Danny Hall will choke and Tech will lose to teams, had no buisness losing to.

GT's alot

November 16th, 2011
1:34 pm

East Cobber’s are soft. Maybe Danny Hall is realizing that kids that come from that program will never win him championships. They are spoiled, pampered and soft. Go Jackets!

JM

November 16th, 2011
3:07 pm

Congrats to all the recruits and the coaches on the good work recruiting them.

The MLB draft may take a few of these guys from GT.

I often wonder what college football would be like if some of those players had the option of heading straight into professional ball

annapolisdawg

November 16th, 2011
3:30 pm

@JM: No need to wonder my friend. Swinging a stick and catching a ball (without the pressure of having someone within five yards trying to either dislodge the ball or your head) can be done regardless of physical attributes. This just isn’t the case with the NFL. Kids trying to play in a man’s league would be detrimental to their health and career longitivity. There is a reason the option doesn’t work in the NFL, everybody has speed and strength. Can you imagine CPJ’s triple option in the NFL? Me either…

annapolisdawg

November 16th, 2011
3:31 pm

And by the way, congrats to these young men on achieving their dreams!

DesignerJacket

November 16th, 2011
4:24 pm

Not to stir the stuff here, but, annapolisdawg, the triple option and variants of it like the speed option, etc, are still seen in the NFL when a team is on the goal line and unable to just pound the rock in up the middle. I’m thinking the Steelers did it for a TD very recently, didn’t they?

DesignerJacket

November 16th, 2011
4:25 pm

Anyway, about East Cobb…yeah spoiled seems like a good word for the kids out there in general.

Craig

November 16th, 2011
4:37 pm

Doesnt matter who you bumble bees get…Danny Hall finds a way of losing year in and year out