Today we will look at pitchers and catchers for the Georgia Tech baseball team in the third segment of the three part series on Georgia Tech baseball.
Georgia Tech entered the fall practices with some question marks on the pitching staff. They lost their closers in Dusty Isaacs and Sam Clay along with starters Matthew Grimes and Josh Heddinger. There were also questions as to whether or not injured starters Cole Pitts and Jonathan King would return to previous form.
Pitchers – Tech will open the season with a weekend rotation of King, and returning starters Ben Parr, and Devin Stanton. Parr started his freshman season as a mid-week starter winning games against in-state foes Georgia, Georgia Southern, and Mercer. Parr was moved into the weekend rotation late in the season. King pitched injury free in the fall after missing most of the 2014 season. His fall performance led to King being named the Friday starter to start the season. Stanton started the 2014 season in the bullpen but injuries to King and Pitts saw Stanton pitching in the weekend rotation. Stanton finished the season with the sixth best ERA in the ACC. Pitts has been making progress in his comeback from arm surgery and we could see him back in the rotation at some point during the season.
Bullpen - Heading into the 2015 season, Coach Danny Hall will have some good options in the bullpen. Most of the options will come from a deep sophomore class that showed improvement in the fall. Zach Ryan, Matthew Gorst, Ben Schniederjans, and Tanner Shelton all displayed good stuff their freshman season but struggled at times with pitch location. Look for that group to step up in their second season and eat up a lot of innings. We may also see sophomore third baseman Brandon Gold display his live arm out of the bullpen.
Catcher – Sophomore Arden Pabst returns after starting behind the plate as a freshman. Pabst was second in the ACC in throwing out runners. He started 38 games last season. Senior captain A.J. Murray saw time behind the plate in the fall and he’ll be one of the backup options for Coach Danny Hall. Another option would be Grant Wruble who can also play left field. Both backups came to Tech as catchers but have previously seen time at other positions.