• JACKETS IN THE MLB

    12 FORMER YELLOW JACKETS APPEARED ON MLB ROSTERS IN 2011

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    Georgia Tech has had a total of 177 draft selections in school history, with 113 of those coming under Danny Hall. The Jackets have had 16 overall first and supplemental first round draft picks, 12 since the 1994 season. Three of those came in the 1994 MLB draft – Jason Varitek, Nomar Garciaparra and Jay Payton. In 1988, Ty Griffin was selected as the No. 4 overall pick in the draft, the highest a Tech player has ever been selected.

    In 2012, Georgia Tech had eight former Yellow Jackets on major league rosters, after a record-tying 12 alumni on major league rosters in both 2009 and 2010.

    Former Tech All-Americans Mark Teixeira and Matt Wieters each won Gold Gloves in 2012, with Wieters representing the American League in the All-Star Game.  It was the fifth career Gold Glove for Teixeira, and the second-straight for Wieters, who won the Fielding Bible in 2011 as the best defensive catcher in MLB.

    Charlie Blackmon hit .283 for the Colorado Rockies, while Tyler Greene played in 116 games and stole 12 bases with the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Tech’s start-studded list of former Major Leaguer includes Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Varitek, Jay Payton, Brad Rigby and Kevin Brown.

    2012 MLB Jackets ’12 Team MLB Debut
    Charlie Blackmon, LF Rockies 2011 (Rockies)
    Marlon Byrd, OF Red Sox 2002 (Phillies)
    Bruce Chen, LHP Royals 1998 (Braves)
    Tyler Greene, IF Cardinals 2009 (Cardinals)
    Mike Nickeas, C Mets 2010 (Mets)
    Micah Owings, RHP Arizona 2007 (Arizona)
    Mark Teixeira, 1B Yankees 2003 (Rangers)
    Matt Wieters, C Orioles 2009 (Orioles)

    WORLD SERIES CHAMPION

    In 2009, first baseman Mark Teixeira celebrated a World Series Title with his New York Yankee teammates. The former All-American and College National Player of the Year was named to the American League All-Star roster for the second time in his career. He also earned both the Golden Glove and Silver Slugger Award for the third time in his career after batting .292 with 39 home runs and 122 RBI.

    PRO PIPELINE CONTINUES

    The Yellow Jackets continue to feed the professional pipeline year after year with loads of talent. The 2012 team had five players selected in the draft, including Tech’s 16th all-time first-rounder in RHP Luke Bard (Twins).  That after the 2010 team had 10 players selected in the draft, which tied a school-record previously set in 2003 and 2007. Nine players from that squad were signed by major league baseball organizations.

    Last season, Bard became the third-consecutive Tech player to be drafted in the first round, joining Deck McGuire (2010) and Jed Bradley (2011).

    GEORGIA TECH’S MLB FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICKS

    2012 – Luke Bard, Minnesota Twins (42nd) 2011 – Jed Bradley, Milwaukee Brewers (15th)
    2010 – Deck McGuire, Toronto Blue Jays (11th)
    2007 – Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles (5th)
    2007 – Danny Payne, San Diego Padres (64th)
    2005 – Tyler Greene, St. Louis Cardinals (30th)
    2003 – Matt Murton, Boston Red Sox (32nd)
    2001 – Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees (5th)
    2001 – Richard Lewis, Atlanta Braves (40th)
    1997 – Mark Fischer, Boston Red Sox (35th)
    1994 – Nomar Garciaparra, Boston Red Sox (12th)
    1994 – Jason Varitek, Seattle Mariners (14th)
    1994 – Jay Payton, New York Mets (29th)
    1993 – Jason Varitek, Minnesota Twins (21st)
    1988 – Ty Griffin, Chicago Cubs (4th)
    1986 – Kevin Brown, Texas Rangers (7th)