Fall Report: Georgia TechFall Report
ATLANTA — The last couple of years have been trying for Georgia Tech, which has battled pitching injuries and missed back-to-back regionals for the first time since 1983-84. But the Yellow Jackets look built to make a run in 2019 thanks to a characteristically physical offense and a pitching staff stocked with more quality arms than it has featured in recent years.
Certainly the Jackets should have one of the ACC’s premier one-two punches atop the rotation in juniors Connor Thomas and Xzavion Curry, who combined to make 30 starts a year ago. Lefthander Thomas is a an analytics darling, having posted a 106-10 K-BB mark in 97 innings a year ago — he’s a proven strike-thrower with standout command of an 88-90 sinker from a low three-quarters slot that is very tough on lefties. He left some balls over the plate last Saturday against South Carolina and gave up a few runs, but then he settled down and struck out four of the final five batters he faced. His 80-84 slider has late tilt and excellent deception, and he has feel for his changeup as well. He’s the sort of polished, deceptive lefty who wins a lot of college baseball games.